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Section 127 of the Communications Act 2003: Threat or Menace?

Lilian Edwards, Professor of eGovernance at the University of Strathclyde, finds new grounds for pulling out the old roots of cybercrime legislation

Section 127 of the Communications Act 2003, once one of the more obscure provisions of the cybercrime world, has had a good workout lately. Famously, Paul Chambers, delayed at Doncaster Airport and frustrated at possibly not getting to see […]

SOPA Is Dead, Says MPAA’s Chris Dodd, But What Comes Next?

The film sector lobbyist’s recent speech sounds benign, but Parker Higgins and Trevor Timm of the Electronic Frontier Foundation argue that this belies a new tactic by the US content industry to push forward with its attempts to curtail access to information online.

Earlier this week, Chris Dodd, a 30-year veteran of the Senate and now chairman and CEO of […]

Net Neutrality – the voluntary transparency code

Having trouble using BBC I-player with your broadband package? ever wondered why Skype was cutting out? The question of net neutrality (whether ISPs should be permitted to discriminate between different forms of content they carry) has been one of the biggest telecoms issues in recent years. Some countries, such as the Netherlands have passed legislation to protect the free […]

European Commission Consults on Notice and Takedown

As the 5th September deadline for submissions approaches, Saskia Walzel of Consumer Focus looks at the implications of a crucial European Commission consultation on a key part of the legal framework that governs the removal of illegal content from the internet.

In January this year the Commission announced an initiative on so called “notice and action” procedures for online hosts […]

Should the UK link media industries policy and human rights? -comments for BSAC

Earlier this week I was interviewed by Chinese TV on phone hacking. The Chinese are extraordinarily interested in what we do in the media sector. Last year, Chinese journalists were particularly interested in Prime Ministerial calls for twitter to be regulated after the riots for example. But the really sobering thing happened after the interview when I asked if they had […]

ORGCon March 24: What Are Your Digital Rights?

With so many policy discussions going on regarding Leveson, the DEA, and the ever-elusive Communications Green Paper, this is a good time to step back and reassess the role of the citizen in developing media and technology policy and whether we’re doing enough to influence the debate.

If recent attempts at pushing through communications legislation in other jurisdictions are any […]

Privatized Governance and “Consent of the Networked”

Today I am chairing a talk and discussion with journalist and internet policy specialist Rebecca MacKinnon, hosted by POLIS.  I’m especially looking forward to this talk because Rebecca’s new book Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom touches on some of the ideas that I have been thinking about and working on. I’ve only just received […]

February 28th, 2012|Internet Freedom|0 Comments|