The United Nations Commission for Science Technology and Development (CSTD) is meeting for its eighteenth session in Geneva, 4-8 May 2015 on two themes – strategic foresight for the post-2015 development agenda and Digital Development. Its review of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) outcomes is summarized in the Ten-Year Review Report. Here, adapted from a speech […]
The recent Supporting the creative economy report of the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee, laments the UK Government’s systemic failure to enforce copyright infringement law. It also ‘condemns’ Google for failing to block copyright infringing websites, and asks for a maximum 10 year imprisonment penalty for online copyright infringers. This is tough language. The Committee takes the […]
While it is clear that the UK Home Office is seeking to protect the public by ensuring that the communications data necessary to achieve this aim are available to public authorities, the evidence base for the draft Communications Data Bill is very weak.
In the evidence I submitted to the Joint Committee on the Draft Communications Data Bill I adress […]
The LSE’s Professor Robin Mansell argues that more research is needed into documenting the necessity of the provisions in the Draft Communications Data Bill and whether they represent a proportionate response.
Launched 14 June, the Draft Bill is being characterised in the press as a ‘snooper’s charter’. This Bill deserves detailed pre-legislative scrutiny which it will receive. There is no […]
Robin Mansell, Professor of New Media and the Internet, at the LSE, says promised legislative changes on communications data will have to be examined carefully to see if they avoid treading on citizens’ rights.
The 9 May 2012 Queen’s Speech proposes an already much discussed move to enact new legislation on communications data:
– “My Government intends to bring forward measures to […]
Robin Mansell, Professor of New Media and the Internet, at the LSE, warns that government’s goals for cybersecurity go too far.
“In cyberspace, the war has begun”. The UK Government wants to introduce legislation to make us safe. The hope is that making it easier to use intelligence gleaned from sifting communications data will lead to preventative action or a […]