— 6 min read — If you live in the UK you will likely have been amused by a video produced by the comedian Matt Lucas sending up the Government’s advice on what people need to do in response to Covid-19. The phrase ‘go to work, don’t go to work’ has become a zeitgeist response…
— 20 min read — Summary :- I explore why people feel that tech company taxation is unfair, look at how current structures work, and describe possible alternative models for taxing digital services.
— 12 min read — Summary :- I explore some of the dynamics within digital platforms that make them hesitant to share data with external researchers.
— 7 min read — Summary :- there is increasing political interest in the UK in legislation to tackle anti-vax content online.
We need to invest time in understanding types of anti-vax content and how this could be treated before rushing into creating new enforcement mechanisms.
— 12 min read — The European Court of Justice (CJEU) has issued some further decisions related to data protection law and surveillance since I wrote about this subject two weeks ago. These decisions, along with the increasingly urgent need to settle the question of UK-EU data flows in any trade agreement, have prompted me…
— 9 min read — Summary:- journalists decide which voices should be allowed IN to a space while moderators decide which voices should be pushed OUT. Social media platforms are using both kinds of intervention though not necessarily describing them in these terms. This post explores the differences between the approaches and some of the relevant regulatory questions.
— 15 min read — Summary :- I explore how a new UK misinformation regulator might do its work. I consider the relationship with other existing regulatory frameworks. I look at some examples of Covid-19 misinformation. I describe a model of Misinformation Advisory Notices.
— 14 min read — Summary :- platforms should aim to become ‘good’ regulators. Key to this is separating out rule-making and enforcement functions within companies. There is a lot learning that platforms can take from governments about how to do this well.
— 5 min read — I will be writing more about whether internet platforms should be treated as ‘publishers’ of the content they carry. Before I do that, I want first to address some phrases that are thrown around which sound appealing but become more complex under closer examination. We often hear people say they want…