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    WSIS+10 series: Internet governance: on the right road or the road to nowhere?

WSIS+10 series: Internet governance: on the right road or the road to nowhere?

Next week, the UN General Assembly will agree a text that reviews the outcomes of the 2003/2005 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and, to the extent that agreement can be reached, also points forward to the future. In the second in a series of posts on the WSIS+10 process edited by LSE alumna Anri van der Spuy, […]

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    WSIS+10 Series: Reflections on the Internet Governance Forum (IGF)

WSIS+10 Series: Reflections on the Internet Governance Forum (IGF)

With the mandate of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) up for renewal in December this year, the 10th annual IGF taking place this week in João Pessoa, Brazil, is happening at an interesting time for the future of the Internet governance landscape. While ongoing deliberations seem to support the extension of the IGF’s mandate for another ten years, there will […]

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    As ICANN 54 Ends, More Uncertainty over the Future of the Internet

As ICANN 54 Ends, More Uncertainty over the Future of the Internet

The 54th meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the global body that oversees the technical and functional workings of the internet, drew to a close last month in Dublin. At the heart of the meeting were discussions about the purpose of ICANN: would the internet fracture if ICANN as we know it ceased to […]

One in Three: Internet Governance and Children’s Rights

In November 2015, the Internet Governance Forum will focus on the theme of ‘policy options for connecting the next billion’. Following publication of her co-authored report ‘One in three: internet governance and children’s rights’, Professor Sonia Livingstone discusses how internet governance needs to consider the specific rights and needs of children, both in terms of protection from harm as well as the […]

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    Data transfers to the US: Safe Harbour declared invalid. What are your options now?

Data transfers to the US: Safe Harbour declared invalid. What are your options now?

One of Europe’s most senior lawyers, Advocate General (AG) Bot, yesterday declared the EU-US Safe Harbour regime invalid. His opinion has profound implications for organisations transferring personal data to the US or importing personal data from Europe. Ross McKean, from Olswang LLP, explains here the practical implications for companies transferring personal data from Europe to the US.

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    Internet freedom in Iran: attitudes to anonymity, privacy and FOI

Internet freedom in Iran: attitudes to anonymity, privacy and FOI

In the lead up to this year’s high level event to review the progress of the goals outlined at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), stakeholders gathered in Geneva for the WSIS forum on March 25. Kyle Bowen, researcher at Small Media, looks at some of the findings of his organisation’s latest report, which is based on […]

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    An Internet Bill of Rights? Pros and cons of the Italian way

An Internet Bill of Rights? Pros and cons of the Italian way

Last week, an Italian committee of politicians and experts announced its Declaration of Internet Rights, making Italy the first country to introduce an internet bill of rights. Oreste Pollicino, Professor of Comparative Public Law and Media Law at Bocconi University and Counsel of Portolano Cavallo Studio Legale, and Marco Bassini, PhD Researcher in Constitutional Law at the University of […]

Our top 10 blog posts so far this year

As you prepare to embark on (or return from) summer holidays, why not take a look at our most read blog posts so far this year? Here are some of the Media Policy Project Blog’s highlights from January to June 2015, covering children’s rights and digital safety, the European Audiovisual Media Services Directive and Digital Single Market Strategy, privacy […]

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 […]

The Post-Snowden Surveillance Policy Turmoil

Arne Hintz and Lina Dencik are conducting an 18-month research project based at Cardiff University, ‘Digital Citizenship and Surveillance Society’, looking to review and analyse what the Snowden revelations mean for policy, technology, media and civil society. Preliminary results of their research will be presented at the ‘Surveillance and Citizenship’ conference, which starts tomorrow.

The release of the Anderson Report last week, as well […]