Internet Governance

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 […]

Inside the Information Society: Putting ICTs to rights

David Souter, Visiting Senior Fellow in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE, looks at human rights and how they have been affected by ICTs and the Internet.

We talk a lot about ICTs and human rights. Adherence to human rights agreements is entrenched in the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) outcome documents and was reiterated […]

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    Inside the Information Society: Enhanced cooperation for enhanced cooperation?

Inside the Information Society: Enhanced cooperation for enhanced cooperation?

David Souter, Visiting Senior Fellow in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE, looks at the Internet governance arrangement known as “enhanced cooperation”. This post builds on an earlier piece that he wrote for the Media Policy Project based on his experience as an independent expert in ICT and Internet policy.
Last December the UN General Assembly agreed to set up the […]

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    ICANN’s WHOIS System Must Follow Local Laws and Best Practices in Data Protection

ICANN’s WHOIS System Must Follow Local Laws and Best Practices in Data Protection

The Internet operates in a space far removed from Westphalian sovereignty, where mostly self-regulated private entities set policy through network architecture and engineering decisions. Among these bodies, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a California-based not-for-profit, holds a monopoly over the technical and functional workings of the Internet’s domain name and numbering systems. It is also […]