Internet Freedom

Illegal File Sharing – Lessons From France?

By Bingchun Meng

LSE Department of Media and Communication

In Apr. 2011, the High Court rejected  a challange by the UK’s two largest Internet Service Providers BT and Talk Talk, of the Digital Economy Act 2010 (DEA). After the ruling, Justice Parker was quoted in the Guardian saying that ‘although it is difficult to predict the effect of measures such as […]

A commentary on the European Commission’s “Digital ‘to-do’ list: new digital priorities for 2013-2014”

The European Commission has released a new priority list of digital agenda actions, one in a series of a periodic “stock-taking” exercises. In this post, Jonathan Liebenau and Silvia Elaluf-Calderwood of the LSE Network Economy Forum review the main points and offer some critical comments on the future of digital Europe.

In the current “Digital ‘to-do’ list: new digital priorities […]

Credible Threats? Self-Regulation in the Shadow of the State

Leveson thinks that seven national convulsions over press regulation are enough. His proposal is for a ‘grand bargain’ with the press to ensure we never find ourselves in this situation again.  In order to understand Leveson’s plan to break the cycle, we need to ask exactly why the dance of threat and bluff between Parliament and the media recurs so cyclically, and why […]

Fast Times in Dubai: Secrets, leaks, and the treaty that could change the internet

This week in Dubai, the International Telecommunications Union convenes the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT). The internet world is watching, because this year the conference is reviewing the International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs), which serve as the binding global treaty covering  interconnection and interoperability of information and communication services. The treaty hasn’t been updated since 1988. If this sounds […]

A New Style Public Interest Defence in Libel Law?

Andrew Scott from London School of Economics and Alastair Mullis of the University of East Anglia make the case for an alternative approach to the public interest defence in libel cases.

An interesting proposal has slipped quietly into the mix for consideration during the House of Lords Committee stage deliberations on the Defamation Bill. During the Second Reading debate, Lord Lester […]

Myth and Reality of the Media in China

In China there there are vast amounts of people online, the Government has control but social media is changing politics. That’s the consensus view but in this article, LSE’s Bingchun Meng tackles what she sees as some of the misunderstandings about the state of China Media.

Recently the Open Society Foundation published an extensive report on the state of digital media […]

Section 127 of the Communications Act 2003: Threat or Menace?

Lilian Edwards, Professor of eGovernance at the University of Strathclyde, finds new grounds for pulling out the old roots of cybercrime legislation

Section 127 of the Communications Act 2003, once one of the more obscure provisions of the cybercrime world, has had a good workout lately. Famously, Paul Chambers, delayed at Doncaster Airport and frustrated at possibly not getting to see […]

SOPA Is Dead, Says MPAA’s Chris Dodd, But What Comes Next?

The film sector lobbyist’s recent speech sounds benign, but Parker Higgins and Trevor Timm of the Electronic Frontier Foundation argue that this belies a new tactic by the US content industry to push forward with its attempts to curtail access to information online.

Earlier this week, Chris Dodd, a 30-year veteran of the Senate and now chairman and CEO of […]

Net Neutrality – the voluntary transparency code

Having trouble using BBC I-player with your broadband package? ever wondered why Skype was cutting out? The question of net neutrality (whether ISPs should be permitted to discriminate between different forms of content they carry) has been one of the biggest telecoms issues in recent years. Some countries, such as the Netherlands have passed legislation to protect the free […]

European Commission Consults on Notice and Takedown

As the 5th September deadline for submissions approaches, Saskia Walzel of Consumer Focus looks at the implications of a crucial European Commission consultation on a key part of the legal framework that governs the removal of illegal content from the internet.

In January this year the Commission announced an initiative on so called “notice and action” procedures for online hosts […]