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Interview with Caspar Bowden: Tracing the (Mis)steps to the PRISM Revelation

Is the PRISM revelation as surprising as the news coverage makes it seem? Independent privacy researcher and advocate Caspar Bowden previously predicted of PRISM-like surveillance systems in a 2012 Report to the European Parliament. Here, in an interview with LSE’s Alexandra Kulikova, the former Microsoft Chief Privacy Adviser reflects on how the mishandling of privacy by governments and media has […]

Post-Prism leaks, where does the EU stand on digital freedom?

Following the revelations about the National Security Agency’s surveillance practices, Index on Censorship produced a comprehensive report detailing the EU and member states’ current positions on key digital rights issues. Index’s Digital Policy Advisor Brian Pellot examines the state of digital governance in Europe, and argues that the EU needs to take a more coherent approach to promoting digital freedom. […]

PRISM, Snooping and Data Protection: Questions on the Future of UK & EU Policy

As the EU-US Justice Ministerial meeting draws to a close in Dublin – almost certainly having discussed PRISM – LSE’s Alexandra Kulikova considers what the recent revelations about the US online surveillance programme might mean for UK and EU surveillance and data protection policy processes. She warns that the transparency that EU ministers are calling for may not mean much. […]

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    Alternative internet(s): the benefits and challenges of distributed services

Alternative internet(s): the benefits and challenges of distributed services

In our series on alternative internet(s), Melanie Dulong de Rosnay, researcher at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) Institute for Communication Sciences and a visiting fellow at the LSE, looks at the benefits and challenges of distributed internet architectures, including difficulties in assigning responsibility, liability, and identity. Read the introduction to the series that explains more about alternative internet(s) here. 
Activists are relying on alternative applications […]

Farewell to a Year of Friction & Happy Holiday Wishes to All

With best wishes for the new year from Damian Tambini and Sally Broughton Micova and the rest of the LSE Media Policy Project team.    

The past year has been a busy one for the LSE Media Policy Project and a contentious one in media policy. We covered the aftermath of the Leveson Inquiry into press ethics, which has […]

Internet Governance Series: The Road from Bali to Rio… to Dystopia?

The UN’s Internet Governance Forum ended on 25 October. Following on from his initial report from the event, University of Sussex’s Chris Marsden‘s reflects on the Forum and sounds a note of cautious optimism for the prospects of Internet governance reform. The Internet Governance Forum is a diverting annual sideshow, a pit-stop on the flying circus towards Internet governance, with […]

Internet Governance Series: Bali Kicks Off, but What about the Elephant of Surveillance?

With the Internet Governance Forum kicking off in Bali, LSE Alumna Alexandra Kulikova took a close look at the programme and the participants. She explains why she is not optimistic about the IGF being an opportunity for a much needed international discussion of the privacy and surveillance issue.  The Internet Governance Forum starts today and goes until 25 October, and […]

Internet Governance Series: Human Rights in the Age of State Surveillance

The protection of human rights online has been a topic in internet governance discussions for some time, but considering the recent revelations about government surveillance and their aftermath, Access’ Deborah Brown argues that the time is ripe for reform. This summer’s revelations of mass government surveillance have already begun to impact the politics of global internet governance and are likely […]

Germany v Britain tussle over new EU data privacy rules

On the back of PRISM and the US surveillance scandal, the Germans are pushing hard to get the toughest possible outcome in the new EU data privacy rules that are currently making their way through the European Parliament. As Monica Horten, policy analyst and writer of argues, that positioning puts them directly in conflict with the Brits, who take a more pro-industry […]

Kirsty Hughes Answers: Is it Mass Surveillance or just Big Data?

States, and companies, collecting huge amounts of data on people and populations around the world. Index on Censorship CEO Kirsty Hughes poses the question: Is this a mass surveillance nightmare – the digital Stasi roaming free – or just big data and we should get over it? In the 1970s, mass surveillance was seen as especially a Cold War thing – […]