Internet Freedom

Zero-rating: enabling or restricting Internet access?

Noelle De Guzman, a Regional Programmes Coordinator for Asia-Pacific at the Internet Society and LSE alumna looks at the pros and cons of zero-rating, but argues that even if it has benefits it is not an appropriate policy for improving connectivity in the long term. 

Broadband access policies have in recent years occupied a prime spot in digital divide discussions. […]

Surveillance Policy Should Not Be Enshrouded in Secrecy

Mayya Novakovskiy, an MSc student in Politics and Communications at the LSE, summarizes the recent Human Rights Watch report on large scale surveillance and argues that the report does not go far enough to question surveillance policy and government transparency. 

Last month Human Rights Watch put out a report analyzing the impact large scale surveillance has had on journalism, the […]

Media Plurality in the UK: Where Do We Go From Here?

Chris Dawes, an industry veteran and Senior Visiting Fellow at the LSE,  analyses the Government’s recent response to the report into media plurality by noting the challenges of measuring plurality, examining possible next steps for Ofcom, and arguing that competition law and public interest assessments may prove to be the key tools in regulating media influence.  The Government published on […]

Media Policy Meme 7: Symbolizing the Battle for Free Press

Despite the opportunities afforded by online platforms, there is evidence that freedom of expression and particularly freedom of the press has not been improving across the globe, and that often this is a reflection of state policies. Reporters Without Borders said its most recent World Press Freedom Index is a “reflection of the attitudes and intentions of governments towards […]

Google SpainCase: ECJ has Straightjacketed the Librarian

With another reaction to yesterday ruling by the EU’s Court of Justice that a Spanish citizen did have the right to ask Google to erase links to information about him, Peter Noorlander, CEO of the Media Legal Defence Initiative, argues that the European Court has gone the opposite direction of US courts and that the public’s interest in the free […]

European Court Rules against Google, in Favour of Right to be Forgotten

The EU’s Court of Justice has ruled against Google in a case in which a Spanish citizen, backed by his national data protection authority, wanted the company to remove search links to an old local newspaper story related to his bankruptcy. Jef Ausloos of of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Law and ICT (ICRI) of the University of Leuven explains some key […]

A Curious Case: The Brazillian Internet Bill of Rights

João Carlos Magalhães, LSE MSc Media and Communications Governance student, discusses political battles over Brazil’s national ‘Internet Bill of Rights’ against the backdrop of the upcoming Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance that will be held in São Paulo in April. As the international community concerned with Internet governance waits for the global multistakeholder meeting that will take place […]

Participating in UK & EU Policymaking Made Easier

The Media Policy Project unveils today the Media Policy Planner, a new website and tool offering a free and accessible way for anyone to understand and participate in the decisions politicians make about the media.
The Planner gives you an easy-to-access database of experts by subject area, event calendars, resources on important media topics, and lists of ongoing media policy […]

This Month in US Defamation Law: What’s Courtney Love Got To Do With It?

Our own Jessica Mason looks at recent developments in online defamation and argues that strong protections are still necessary for third parties sites in order to promote free expression on the Web, but the law must implement higher standards for defamation cases to meet before moving forward. This month, Courtney Love made history as the first defendant to go to […]

Unified Field: The ‘Splinternet’

Brazil’s proposal to require companies to host Brazilian user data in-country has spurred discussions on whether local data storage is effective and if it would fragment the internet. Wendy Grossman, journalist and blogger, argues that the bigger possible threats that may lead to “Internet Balkanization” are structural censorship and the loss of net neutrality.  For as long as I can remember, the notion […]