media law

Social media and democratic governance: the next decade (Wilton Park paper)

These are the notes for a presentation I gave as part of the Wilton Park conference on ‘media, social media and democratic governance’. This has been an extraordinary period for news and also for the way that news is created and consumed. I think that we see some substantial trends emerging are more than passing fads or exceptional circumstances. I […]


The messy reality of law, privacy and media freedom

It’s an interesting time for journalism law experts.  Here here’s my quick take on today’s significant three decisions/issues:   Max Mosley is an intelligent and determined critic of media abuses. I thought he was right to sue the News of the World, but I was worried that one bad case might encourage wider limits on the media’s right to expose aspects […]

May 10th, 2011|Journalism|0 Comments|

Who Are We Fighting The Information War With?

This is the first of a couple of blogs stimulated by a visit to POLIS/LSE by members of Hillary Clinton’s 21st Century Statecraft team, the digital diplomats from the State Department. Hillary Clinton’s internet advisor Alec Ross gave a compelling speech at POLIS LSE in which he set out a positive but realistic agenda for global digital democracy. But there […]


What's New About Wikileaks?

This is a slide show for a talk I am giving on Wikileaks. It is a simple attempt to start exploring what is new about Wikileaks in terms of politics and journalism.

You can access it by clicking on the image or here


Media Plurality: the Newscorp/BSkyB Debate

POLIS is holding a panel discussion looking at the issue of Media Plurality in the light of the News Corporation’s bid to take full ownership of BSkyB. And there will be free (festive, surely?) drinks. Here’s the line-up so far.

December 2nd, 2010|Media, Research|0 Comments|

Globalisation, media and UK communities

I have written a paper commissioned as part of JRF’s programme on Globalisation, which explores and promotes awareness of the impacts of globalisation on the UK and focuses on communities and people in poverty. It:

examines how global media has changed and its impact on low-income groups in the UK;
explains how communities in the UK benefit from and influence their […]


Wikileaks: now that's what I call an informed society…

The timing could not have been better. I am in Dubai to lead a global council discussion on Informed Societies with some top people from journalism, public relations, social media and universities. The Wikileaks revelations of how international diplomacy really works are a live experiment in how to inform the world through networked journalism, the combination of new media technologies […]


Internet freedom and regulation: a global network initiative

Should you shut-down a website that worships a murderer? How can companies protect the freedom of expression and privacy of their users in a global technological landscape where they are increasingly confronted with various government interventions and legislation that may conflict with these consumer rights? This is a question that Susan Morgan confronts daily in her work as Executive Director […]


When journalists go online: ethical challenges for news and social media

This report on the Polis/PCC seminar is by Polis Researcher Hibah Hussain. The meteoric rise of social networks and micro-blogging platforms raises important new ethical and practical questions for journalists and policy makers. A special panel sponsored by Polis and the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) brought together experts from journalism, the legal field, academia, and regulatory bodies to explore challenges […]


Time To Trust Jurors and Journalists On Contempt?

New evidence supports my hunch that jurors are better at their job than you might think if you watch TV crime series. This might imply that we should allow greater freedom to journalists to report cases, too. The study for the Ministry of Justice indicates that some jurors do need more written guidance to understand cases. However, the overall picture […]

February 17th, 2010|Uncategorized|0 Comments|