The internet and the law
THE NUJ New Media Industrial Council and the Media Reform Coalition at Goldsmiths, University of London, are holding a one-day conference on the internet and the law on Saturday 26 October. It's in the New Academic Building, Goldsmiths University of London, London SE14 6NW.
Leveson, royal charter(s), libel reform - UK law is changing and its impact on the internet is yet to become clear. The recent controversy over the possible inclusion of blogs in the new exemplary damages provisions in the Crime and Courts Bill illustrated some of the issues and concerns.
While changes to libel law have been hailed as creating a wider space for free expression, the Lord McAlpine controversy showed how ignorant many social media users are about libel. And worse still, many users of Twitter and other social media believe it gives them the freedom to abuse and threaten other users, women in particular.