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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 […]

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    Media Pluralism Monitor: lessons have been learned, but concern remains for Bulgarian media

Media Pluralism Monitor: lessons have been learned, but concern remains for Bulgarian media

Nelly Ognyanova, Professor in Media Law at Sofia University, and Orlin Spassov, Associate Professor in Media and Communication Studies at Sofia University and Executive Director of Media Democracy Foundation, explain the results of the pilot implementation in Bulgaria of the Media Pluralism Monitor, a monitoring tool which aims to assess risks to media pluralism in the EU Member States […]

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    Digital Single Market strategy: geo-blocking, copyright, and AVMS implications

Digital Single Market strategy: geo-blocking, copyright, and AVMS implications

Recently the European Commission’s draft Digital Single Market strategy and evidence file were leaked and obtained by Politico. The document has been prepared under the aegis of Commissioner Ansip, Commissioner Vice President with responsibility for the Digital Single Market, one of the key areas identified in the Commission President’s Political Guidelines. Ahead of the official launch date of 6 […]

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    If debate is silenced we risk more violence in the name of religion

If debate is silenced we risk more violence in the name of religion

Thomas Hughes, the Executive Director of ARTICLE 19, argues that states must actively protect free speech rather than merely pay it lip service. 

In the last few months, the rights to freedom of expression and freedom of religion or belief have been brought into sharp focus. The tragic Charlie Hebdo murders, and the subsequent attack on a kosher Supermarket in Paris, […]

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    Nought for your comfort: Sir Alan Moses’ speech to the LSE Media Policy Project

Nought for your comfort: Sir Alan Moses’ speech to the LSE Media Policy Project

Media lawyer Jonathan Coad is a partner in the Media Brands and Technology Group at Lewis Silkin LLP and acts for both Claimants and Defendants. He expresses disappointment that IPSO (Independent Press Standards Organisation) seems to be heading in the same ineffectual direction as the PCC (Press Complaints Commission).
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An end to nuisance calls? Not yet.

LSE Senior Visiting Fellow Claire Milne expresses skepticism about the recent news proclaiming an end to nuisance calls.

“End of the line for cold callers” shouted the Daily Mail front page. The mail was referring to the DCMS announcement—headed with the claim “Government cracks down on nuisance calling companies”—on the outcome of its consultation last autumn on lowering the legal threshold for […]

ICANN 52 and the road to WSIS+10

ICANN held the first of its three annual open meetings in Singapore last week. LSE alumna and ICANN fellow Anri van der Spuy attended and encountered a reluctant yet growing willingness to start opening the debate to accommodate broader internet governance issues, besides an expected focus on the IANA stewardship transition.

As one of the primary bodies tasked with the technical […]

The legislative future of virtual currencies

Privacy and virtual identity researcher, Niels Vandezande of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Law and ICT (ICRI) at the University of Leuven explores legislative developments targeting virtual currencies like bitcoin in the US and EU, and argues that 2015 may be an important year for virtual currencies due to increasing stability and upcoming court decisions.

Virtual currencies – and especially cryptocurrencies such as […]

Devolving media regulation: The Smith Commission proposals

Telecommunications researcher Ewan Sutherland argues that the Smith Commission’s proposed devolution solutions for media regulation are messy proposals that create redundant unaccountable positions and ignore important regulatory bodies. 

The Smith Commission has reported on enhanced powers for the Scottish Parliament, though some are still being transferred under the Scotland Act 2012. The major UK political parties have accepted its recommendations and […]