Sunday, 27 March 2016

A Conversation on Privacy

A Conversation on Privacy — The Intercept: "The balance between national security and government intrusion on the rights of private citizens will be the topic of a panel discussion featuring renowned linguist and MIT professor Noam Chomsky, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, and Intercept co-founding editor Glenn Greenwald. Nuala O’Connor, president and CEO of the Center for Democracy and Technology, will act as moderator." 'via Blog this'

Monday, 21 March 2016

Cyberleagle: 20 points on the Investigatory Powers Bill, from future proofing to triple negatives

Cyberleagle: 20 points on the Investigatory Powers Bill, from future proofing to triple negatives:

"The Bill is still based on abstract, technology-neutral definitions of, in particular, datatypes. Some of the definitions approach RIPA levels of impenetrability. Try Relevant Communications Data, with its 15 cross-linked sub-definitions. And see below the Protected Material triple negative. The Bill provides for a Review after five and a half years, but the powers are not sunsetted.'via Blog this'

Sussex Media Law: Hogan v. Gawker - unauthorised sex tapes and priva...

Sussex Media Law: Hogan v. Gawker - unauthorised sex tapes and priva...: Law and Media Round Up – 21 March 2016 | Inforrm's Blog : "New York Times reported that the damages will probably be reduced, and t...

Friday, 18 March 2016

Safe Harbors & Harbours: Prof. Eric Goldman seminar 14 April 1pm Moot Room

This may be rather relevant to all Internet Law LLB and LLM students!

Eric Goldman is a Professor of Law at Santa Clara University School of Law, where he is also Director of the school’s High Tech Law Institute. His research and teaching focuses on Internet law, intellectual property and marketing law. Before becoming a full-time law professor, Eric practiced law in the Silicon Valley for 8 years, first as a technology transactions attorney at Cooley Godward LLP and then as General Counsel of, an Internet start-up company. Prior to Santa Clara, he was an Assistant Professor at Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He has also taught as an adjunct professor at UC Berkeley Law School and the University of San Francisco Law School. He blogs on Internet law matters at the Technology & Marketing Law Blog and theTertium Quid Blog at Forbes. He has J.D./M.B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, and B.A., University of California, Los Angeles

Sussex Information Law Group alumnus talk 16 March: HHJ John Tanzer

Sussex Information Law Group Annual Seminar 16 March: Prof. Peter Yu 

Photo from our recent alumni talk: 17 March Justin Walford

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

NextGen@ICANN Application Round Open for ICANN56 - please apply if interested

The next ICANN meeting will be held in Helsinki, 27-30 June.  Which means students are eligible for the program:  open to people living or studying in the region (Europe) where the meeting will take place, and between 18-30.  

The application round for ICANN56 Helsinki is open until 18 April.  Successful candidates to be posted on the ICANN website on 2 May. All information about the program's criteria and application links for NextGen

Any questions, comments, inquiries from yourself or community can be sent to

Monday, 14 March 2016

Final European Union General Data Protection Regulation

The Final European Union General Data Protection Regulation | Bloomberg BNA: "The text of the GDPR may still undergo some last changes as it is now being finalized by the EU's legal services. The importance of these changes is not to be underestimated, as any change to the wording of such a complex instrument as the GDPR can be significant (note that the numbering of the provisions will also change). However, the version of the GDPR agreed on Dec. 15, 2015, can be regarded as very close to the final text, and it is this version that we will analyze in this article." 'via Blog this'

Friday, 4 March 2016

Building blocks: developing systems using distributed ledger technology

Building blocks: developing systems using distributed ledger technology:

"As the Bank of England mentioned in its Quarterly Report in September 2014 (see our previous article on virtual currencies), there seems to be significant 'next mover' advantage with block chain as it moves beyond the world of virtual currencies.

As it asks fundamental questions about the shape of settlement operations, the Bank of England is planning to make use of and gain from its next mover position, as seen in the "New Heart for a Changing Payments System" speech by Minouche Shafik. Quite an endorsement, so we anticipate other regulators, such as the UK's Payments Systems Regulator, will spark debate about the use of block chain technology in their field.

Block chain's method for recording data to form a digital ledger (of transactions, agreements, contracts or anything that needs to be independently recorded and verified as having happened) has a number of useful features:
it is very transparent – as it is in the 'cloud', everyone in the network can have access to an up to date version of the ledger;
it is hard to doctor the information – making it less susceptible to fraud;
the ledger does not need to reveal underlying transaction data – so it is appealing from a data and information security perspective.

When jumping on this trend, as developer, to insource or to form a consortium, there will be slightly dull but important housekeeping issues to take care of – and they are easier dealt with up front than when haunting you at a later date. We'll discuss a just few of these." 'via Blog this'

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Apple’s “Code = Speech” Mistake

Apple’s “Code = Speech” Mistake: "Some lower courts have even suggested that Code = Speech.

More successfully, critics of campaign finance regulations have argued that “money is speech,” a strategy that resulted in the much-criticized Citizens United ruling in 2010. The Supreme Court’s equation of money with speech has made regulation of money-driven political corruption very difficult.

If courts were to accept the simple proposition that “Code = Speech,” regulation of our digital society would become very difficult as well, because so much of our society depends on computer code to function." 'via Blog this'