Category Archives: social media

New event: Digital Media Europe 2013 Hack Day – 13 April 2013

This announcement comes via the excellent Scraperwiki  (a start-up I worked with on a series of events in 2010/11). They have teamed up with WAN-IFRA to put on a hack day at Bloomberg on 13 April 2013. In April, global … Continue reading

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BBC College of Journalism: Social media and the law – a case to regulate or educate?

The BBC College of Journalism has published a selection of views on the CPS Public consultation on its Interim Guidelines on prosecuting cases involving communications sent via social media, which closes on 13 March 2013. My contribution is below and … Continue reading

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Media PLE: Educating the public about the legal risks of social media use

This morning’s Radio 4 Today programme raised the issue of social media users’ “ignorance” around legal issues, with the Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer, who has today issued Interim guidelines on “prosecuting cases involving communications sent via social media”. … Continue reading

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Beyond Leveson: Legal protection for online and ‘citizen’ media

I’ve previously written about Leveson’s online elephant (as had Index on Censorship’s Marta Cooper before me). As the debate intensifies over the shape of ‘press’ regulation (the key question is whether or not a new regulator should be underpinned by … Continue reading

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Judicial Office responds to FoI request on blogging guidance for judges

Earlier this month, I reported that the Senior Presiding Judge and the Senior President of Tribunals has issued new guidance [PDF] to all courts and tribunal judicial office holders in England and Wales. While it does not entirely prohibit blogging … Continue reading

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Law and Media Mid-Summer Round Up – 29 August 2012

Originally posted on Inforrm's Blog:
Parliamentarians are still in recess, Lord Justice Leveson has finished taking evidence for Part 1 of his Inquiry, the Michaelmas legal term has not yet begun, but there have been more than enough media…

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Should judges blog? A little more detail on the new guidance

The Senior Presiding Judge and the Senior President of Tribunals has issued new guidance [PDF] to all courts and tribunal judicial office holders in England and Wales. While it does not entirely prohibit blogging and social media use, it states: … Continue reading

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An elephant in courtroom 73? Social media, regulation and the law

Lord Justice Leveson’s enormous task is to examine the culture, practices and ethics of the media, with a special emphasis on the “press”. This is because it was serious concerns about the behaviour of UK national newspapers that instigated the … Continue reading

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MediaAct: a new platform and network for media accountability?

On Friday and Saturday (27-28 July) I joined a group of European media bloggers in Bristol for a seminar organised by MediaWise, the EU MediaAct project at UWE and the NUJ New Media Industrial Council. MediaAcT is a European research … Continue reading

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