Internet Governance

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    What if we all governed the Internet? Or what if we didn’t?

What if we all governed the Internet? Or what if we didn’t?

We owe the Internet to its history of multistakeholder participation, which has also enabled the decisions that have shaped the evolution and use of this crucial resource. But how relevant is this governance ‘model’ to the Internet today? On 28 October, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) launched a report aimed at better understanding this question. […]

Will online platforms be able to access your bank data?

In this digital age, a substantial number of our personal financial transactions are conducted via the internet. Facebook is one example of a major platform that is exploring ways to integrate financial services into its portfolio, but what does this mean for data security and consumer rights? In this blog post, Jamie Thunder – senior policy adviser for the […]

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    Into the Darkness: How illegal surveillance is undermining open government reforms in Latin America

Into the Darkness: How illegal surveillance is undermining open government reforms in Latin America

In Latin America, the increasing scale of illegal surveillance – enabled by governments’ purchases of surveillance and hacking software – is raising urgent questions about its impact on civil rights. In this post, Fabrizio Scrollini – LSE graduate and chair of Datysoc (a project exploring surveillance, privacy and cybersecurity in the digital age) – illustrates which points need to […]

The Intimate (Self-)Regulation of Big Tech

Turkey regularly blocks non-heterosexual websites, the Apple store prohibits overtly sexual material and Facebook has a problem with female nipples. The regulation of sexual content – or content that is deemed to be of sexual nature – is a regular feature of internet governance and self-regulation of platforms and apps. In this post Lukasz Szulc, LSE Marie Curie Individual […]

Doxing is a toxic practice – no matter who is targeted

The events in the US city of Charlottesville where a far-right protest turned violent raise a multitude of questions – some of which touch upon media ethics and media regulation. Especially the practice of ‘doxing’ – sharing individuals’ personal information online to cause them harm – has significant ethical and regulatory ramifications. In this post David Brake, LSE graduate […]

The regulatory future of algorithms

Although they are often used to automate or streamline processes, algorithms are far from being the objective tool that many make them out to be. In this post, Jędrzej Niklas from the LSE looks at the negative effects of algorithms and how policy attempts (or will attempt) to mitigate those effects.

Automated decisions systems are becoming more and more common. […]

The Great Data Protection Rebranding Exercise

During the recent announcement of a new Data Protection Bill by the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS),  the Minister for Digital – Matt Hancock – stated that the bill would “give us one of the most robust, yet dynamic, sets of data laws in the world.” In this post, Orla Lynskey, Assistant Professor of Law […]

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    Why the end of net neutrality is not the end of the open internet

Why the end of net neutrality is not the end of the open internet

The public consultation period on the US Federal Communications Commission’s proposal to repeal net neutrality, the principle that all traffic on the Internet should be treated the same, ends today, July 17. With 8.5 million comments, this has been by far the most widely debated policy issue in FCC’s history. The rules under consideration for repeal were adopted only […]

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    Why children are not the exception that proves the rule in internet governance

Why children are not the exception that proves the rule in internet governance

The perception of children’s rights online needs to change, argue LSE’s Sonia Livingstone and Western Sydney University’s Amanda Third, who together prepared a special issue of New Media and Society: Children and young people’s rights in the digital age: An emerging agenda.

Children and young people are simultaneously hailed as pioneers of the digital age and feared for as its […]

After Net Neutrality

In June 2016, a US court upheld net neutrality rules in the US, in a victory for public interest and grassroots movements against corporate interests. Victor Pickard, Associate Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication, examines June’s historic ruling and asks whether net neutrality is now threatened by corporate capture.

A major policy event during my stint as a congressional staffer […]