Internet Freedom

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 […]

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    Complex amendment to Slovakia’s FOI Act might make it one of the most liberal in Europe

Complex amendment to Slovakia’s FOI Act might make it one of the most liberal in Europe

Andrej Školkay, head of the School of Communication and Mass Media in Bratislava, Slovakia, assesses the proposed amendment to Slovakia’s law on freedom of information, comparing it to the Czech act and looking at the changes it will herald if approved.

After two years of preparation, the Slovak Parliament is going to discuss an amendment to the law on freedom […]

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    Internet regulation and counter-terrorism: the dangerous clash in Pakistan’s regulatory regime

Internet regulation and counter-terrorism: the dangerous clash in Pakistan’s regulatory regime

Sadaf Khan, an LSE alumna who has been associated with media and the media development sector in Pakistan since 2002 and who is now Director of Programs for the non-profit Media Matters for Democracy, looks at Pakistan’s draft legislation on cybercrime and the threats it poses.

Pakistan has been without a legal framework to deal with Cybercrime since 2009. […]

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    Latin America: surveillance and human rights in the digital age

Latin America: surveillance and human rights in the digital age

Fabrizio Scrollini, a PhD candidate at the LSE and Chairman of DATA, an Uruguayan based NGO working on transparency, open data and human development, argues for the need for a human rights framework to tackle issues related to the use of surveillance technologies in Latin America.

In  July 2014, the Uruguayan government secretly purchased the license for a piece […]

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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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    Chaos and Control: The Competing Tensions of Internet Governance in Iran

Chaos and Control: The Competing Tensions of Internet Governance in Iran

Kyle Bowen, an LSE Media and Communications alumnus who is now a researcher at Small Media, an NGO that seeks the free flow of information, particularly in Iran, discusses the implications of a new report on Iran’s approach to internet governance.

After several hours of intense debate, the 2012 World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) descended into chaos. Convened to […]

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 […]

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    Between institutional dungeons and the dragons of public opinion: Russian Internet regulation

Between institutional dungeons and the dragons of public opinion: Russian Internet regulation

Gregory Asmolov, a PhD researcher at the LSE, argues that new data from Russia suggest revisiting policies for mitigation of radical Internet regulation, based on his recent paper that explores why Russian public opinion is generally in favour of regulation. 

The Russian Internet, also known as Runet, has played an important political role since the turn of the century. […]

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 […]

Online freedoms: all relative?

Freedom House published its annual report Freedom on the Net 2014 today, which studies and evaluates the development of internet and digital media freedom in 65 countries around the world. LSE Alum Anri van der Spuy, who contributed to the report on the United Kingdom with the LSE Media Policy Project (but was not involved in the scoring process), […]