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Is Snapchat a threat to national security?

Andrew Murray is a Professor of Law at LSE with particular interest in Internet and New Media Law, Free Expression, Privacy and Surveillance. Here, he questions the grounds on which the proposed ‘Snooper’s Charter’ might limit or ban popular communication apps.

Last week reports emerged in the media that the proposed Investigatory Powers Bill may lead to the banning of popular communications […]

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    BBC’s licence fee settlement eclipses the real problems PSB is facing in the UK

BBC’s licence fee settlement eclipses the real problems PSB is facing in the UK

The third Ofcom PSB review (‘Public Service Broadcasting in the Internet Age’, 2 July 2015) has been somewhat eclipsed in broadcasting circles by controversy over the settling of the BBC licence fee. Christopher Dawes, an LSE Visiting Senior Fellow who retired from a long career leading on media policy in DCMS, discusses the report findings and argues for looking at […]

Summer reading ideas from the LSE Media Policy Project

At the Media Policy Project we are often asked for readings by those wishing to get up to speed on complex policy issues: this is why we produce our policy briefs and topic guides. As many of our readers are likely to be taking summer holidays this month and next, IMPRESS Project Founding Director Jonathan Heawood (writing here in a personal […]

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    Where is diversity in PSB? Can the BBC carry BAME viewers and producers with it?

Where is diversity in PSB? Can the BBC carry BAME viewers and producers with it?

LSE’s Myria Georgiou looks at the implications of recently released Ofcom research for the BBC and its diversity goals. Dr Georgiou developed the Council of Europe/EU sponsored self-monitoring tool for diversity inclusiveness in the media MEDIANE BOX with Mediane Manager, Reynald Blion.  

Ofcom’s recent research for its Public Service Broadcasting review reveals that more than half of black ethnic audiences feel underrepresented and unfairly […]

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    Not so different after all? Reconciling Delfi vs. Estonia with EU rules on intermediary liability

Not so different after all? Reconciling Delfi vs. Estonia with EU rules on intermediary liability

On 16 June 2015, the European Court of Human Rights delivered its final judgment in Delfi AS v. Estonia. By fifteen votes to two, the Grand Chamber ruled that there was no violation of Article 10 of the Convention of Human Rights (‘the Convention’ hereafter) despite the imposition of publisher liability for user generated content. Would the case […]

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    Evidence-based policymaking for provision of children’s rights online

Evidence-based policymaking for provision of children’s rights online

LSE MSc student Alexandra Chernyavskaya reflects on the need for more evidence-based policymaking when considering children’s rights on the internet.

An important issue highlighted by those who argue for better provision for children’s rights online is that the internet is blind to the age of its users, which results in children being treated in the same manner as adult users. […]

Secrecy, distrust, and interception of communications

LSE PhD researcher Bernard Keenan breaks down the different elements of the concept of “secrecy” that were highlighted by the recently-released report on surveillance laws in the UK.

The long-awaited report from the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, David Anderson QC, was published on 11 June. Entitled ‘A Question of Trust’, it is the first comprehensive and politically impartial official […]

The Delfi AS vs Estonia judgement explained

Today, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights issued its judgment in the case of Delfi AS vs Estonia, ruling that ‘The Court holds… that there has been no violation of Article 10 of the Convention.’ Professor Lorna Woods explains the key aspects of the judgment and offers her initial reaction to the decision.

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Will digital innovators say bye bye Britain?

LSE’s Alison Powell discusses the implications of the proposed Investigatory Powers Bill outlined in last week’s Queen’s Speech for the UK’s tech startup industry.

I visited beautiful Brighton yesterday to meet up with social media company Ind.ie and discuss their new distributed, privacy-friendly social networking platform. But it’s probably the last time I’ll head down to see them, because Ind.ie […]

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    Why I have signed a letter to all MPs calling for greater Parliamentary scrutiny of surveillance laws

Why I have signed a letter to all MPs calling for greater Parliamentary scrutiny of surveillance laws

An alliance of academics, led by the LSE’s Andrew Murray and the University of East Anglia’s Paul Bernal, have sent an open letter to UK MPs calling for greater Parliamentary scrutiny of surveillance laws. Here Andrew Murray explains further.

Today a letter signed by myself and 37 other leading academics and researchers was sent to all 650 UK MPs. In […]