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  • Our top 10 blog posts so far this year
    As you prepare to embark on (or return from) summer holidays, why not take a look at our most read blog posts so far this year? Here are some of the Media Policy Project Blog’s highlights from January to June 2015, covering children’s rights and digital safety, the European Audiovisual Media Services Directive and Digital Single Market Strategy, privacy issues […]
  • The Government’s Freedom of Information commission tilts the political discussion towards damage and cost
    Last Friday, the Government announced a new commission on Freedom of Information. Here, Ben Worthy, a politics lecturer at Birkbeck College, University of London offers his response to the announcement, arguing that the objections to the scope and usage of FOI that have been raised are nothing new, and furthermore aren’t unique to the UK. Further, he argues that the commission’s remit tilts discussion […]
  • Are reports of defamation’s death greatly exaggerated?
    The annual Judicial Statistics, released in June, showed a 60% increase in defamation claims in 2014. Judith Townend, Director of the Information Law and Policy Centre, based at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, investigates the implications for defamation law development, taking into account recent data protection case law such as the ‘right to be forgotten.’ A marked spike in […]
  • Reimagining, not diluting the BBC in the next decade
    Continuing our series of posts responding to the BBC Charter Review Green Paper, Michael Klontzas of the University of Huddersfield looks at the latest developments from a longer term perspective, arguing that the BBC is increasingly being used by governments as an instrument of public policy and that this has a significant impact on its core purposes. Following last Thursday’s […]
  • Explaining the ruling that overturned the UK’s Data Retention & Investigatory Powers Act
    The English High Court just invalidated the UK’s bill on retention and investigation of communications data that was enacted in 2014 in the wake of the overturning of the EU Data Retention Directive by the European court. Lorna Woods of the University of Essex explains the ruling and its implications.  In a very rare outcome, the English High Court has declared […]
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