Great British Firewall – are we baking up the wrong tree?

The Chief Executive of the new National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) caused a stir recently when he announced a flagship project to use the domain name system (DNS) to block access to online criminal materials. Emily Taylor considers some of the questions raised as a result of the announcement. What is the background to the […]

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Data Protection Day – data portability and the GDPR

Emily Taylor considers the area of data portability in the private sector in light of the forthcoming EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). What are the new rules of data portability? Only 15% of us feel that we have complete control over our data, and more than 30% of us feel that we have no […]

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The Privatisation of Human Rights.

The Global Commission on Internet Governance has just published my paper “The Privatisation of Human Rights: illusions of consent, automation and Neutrality” (no24_web_2). In the paper, I argue that a small handful of private companies are playing an increasingly important role in mediating our human rights in the online environment.  The paper calls for action by […]

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