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Participating in UK & EU Policymaking Made Easier

The Media Policy Project unveils today the Media Policy Planner, a new website and tool offering a free and accessible way for anyone to understand and participate in the decisions politicians make about the media.
The Planner gives you an easy-to-access database of experts by subject area, event calendars, resources on important media topics, and lists of ongoing media policy […]

This Month in US Defamation Law: What’s Courtney Love Got To Do With It?

Our own Jessica Mason looks at recent developments in online defamation and argues that strong protections are still necessary for third parties sites in order to promote free expression on the Web, but the law must implement higher standards for defamation cases to meet before moving forward. This month, Courtney Love made history as the first defendant to go to […]

Unified Field: The ‘Splinternet’

Brazil’s proposal to require companies to host Brazilian user data in-country has spurred discussions on whether local data storage is effective and if it would fragment the internet. Wendy Grossman, journalist and blogger, argues that the bigger possible threats that may lead to “Internet Balkanization” are structural censorship and the loss of net neutrality.  For as long as I can remember, the notion […]

Internet Governance Series: What the 2013 Freedom of the Net Report says about UK Internet Governance?

Freedom House has just published its yearly Report on Freedom of the Net, which studies the development of Internet freedom in 60 countries around the world. The LSE Media Policy Project contributed to the report on the United Kingdom. LSE Alum Paul Moura argues that although the UK has been labeled as ‘free’, there are still reasons to look beyond the label. […]

OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media ‘Monitoring’ UK Policy

Dunja Mijatović, the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media observes media developments in all 57 OSCE participating States. She provides early warning on violations of freedom of expression and promotes full compliance with OSCE press freedom commitments. This interview was conducted by Sally Broughton Micova of LSE’s Media Policy Project.


Q: In March you expressed concern over the Royal Charter […]

Illegal File Sharing – Lessons From France?

By Bingchun Meng

LSE Department of Media and Communication

In Apr. 2011, the High Court rejected  a challange by the UK’s two largest Internet Service Providers BT and Talk Talk, of the Digital Economy Act 2010 (DEA). After the ruling, Justice Parker was quoted in the Guardian saying that ‘although it is difficult to predict the effect of measures such as […]

A commentary on the European Commission’s “Digital ‘to-do’ list: new digital priorities for 2013-2014”

The European Commission has released a new priority list of digital agenda actions, one in a series of a periodic “stock-taking” exercises. In this post, Jonathan Liebenau and Silvia Elaluf-Calderwood of the LSE Network Economy Forum review the main points and offer some critical comments on the future of digital Europe.

In the current “Digital ‘to-do’ list: new digital priorities […]

Credible Threats? Self-Regulation in the Shadow of the State

Leveson thinks that seven national convulsions over press regulation are enough. His proposal is for a ‘grand bargain’ with the press to ensure we never find ourselves in this situation again.  In order to understand Leveson’s plan to break the cycle, we need to ask exactly why the dance of threat and bluff between Parliament and the media recurs so cyclically, and why […]

Fast Times in Dubai: Secrets, leaks, and the treaty that could change the internet

This week in Dubai, the International Telecommunications Union convenes the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT). The internet world is watching, because this year the conference is reviewing the International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs), which serve as the binding global treaty covering  interconnection and interoperability of information and communication services. The treaty hasn’t been updated since 1988. If this sounds […]

A New Style Public Interest Defence in Libel Law?

Andrew Scott from London School of Economics and Alastair Mullis of the University of East Anglia make the case for an alternative approach to the public interest defence in libel cases.

An interesting proposal has slipped quietly into the mix for consideration during the House of Lords Committee stage deliberations on the Defamation Bill. During the Second Reading debate, Lord Lester […]