Wartime Twitter

Militarised Twitter We recommend that no Hamas operatives, whether low level or senior leaders, show their faces above ground in the days ahead.— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 14, 2012 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js The recent Gaza conflict signified a shift in how battles are fought and publicised. Israel announced its assault on Hamas targets on Twitter and much of... Continue Reading →

The trouble with online defamation

I frequently receive calls or emails from people asking for help with online defamation, usually on Facebook. The people who contact me are often at their wits' end and want to sue the people defaming them, thinking that will fix the problem. Unfortunately, that can often make it worse. The challenge with online defamation is... Continue Reading →

Regulators: Hands off the social Web

Two recent events have sparked debates about whether the social Web should be censored: the first is the recent civil unrest in London and the second is a recent report in the Sunday Times about a racist calling himself "Eugene Terrorblanche" publishing a deeply disturbing photo on Facebook (it turns out this is an old... Continue Reading →

Super-injunctions, football players and their affairs

While they were initially intended to protect the people whose lives may be at risk should their identities ever be exposed (for example, child offenders), super-injunctions are being used by English celebrities and other personalities to stifle freedom of expression in England and Wales. Not only do these orders prohibit publication of information the applicants... Continue Reading →

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