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  • Not so different after all? Reconciling Delfi vs. Estonia with EU rules on intermediary liability
    On 16 June 2015, the European Court of Human Rights delivered its final judgment in Delfi AS v. Estonia. By fifteen votes to two, the Grand Chamber ruled that there was no violation of Article 10 of the Convention of Human Rights (‘the Convention’ hereafter) despite the imposition of publisher liability for user generated content. Would the case have been […]
  • Policy on children and the internet: after 20 years of research, is this still an evidence-free zone?
    Professor Sonia Livingstone proposes using short surveys of children across the globe based on well-tested models to get more evidence before policy makers set about changing policies aimed at protecting children online. She sets out 7 key questions. Since the birth of the Web, hopes and fears for the digital age have been strongly focused on the education and protection of […]
  • Evidence-based policymaking for provision of children’s rights online
    LSE MSc student Alexandra Chernyavskaya reflects on the need for more evidence-based policymaking when considering children’s rights on the internet. An important issue highlighted by those who argue for better provision for children’s rights online is that the internet is blind to the age of its users, which results in children being treated in the same manner as adult users. […]
  • Local journalism is under threat – here are some ways we can save it
    Judith Townend, director of the Centre for Law and Information Policy at the School of Advanced Study, discusses policy approaches to supporting local journalism in the UK. There is a cloud of anxiety hanging over local journalism in the UK. There is strong evidence that recent cuts, together with the centralisation of smaller news operations, have affected the flow of […]
  • Secrecy, distrust, and interception of communications
    LSE PhD researcher Bernard Keenan breaks down the different elements of the concept of “secrecy” that were highlighted by the recently-released report on surveillance laws in the UK. The long-awaited report from the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, David Anderson QC, was published on 11 June. Entitled ‘A Question of Trust’, it is the first comprehensive and politically impartial official […]