Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales completes crowd-funding this week for his latest venture: Wikitribune, a news platform that, while not affiliated with Wikipedia, applies Wikipedia’s collaborative model to journalism. Wales intends to hire ten full-time journalists to work alongside the wiki community to author, fact-check and verify articles. This, he hopes, will provide a more reliable form of media and … Continue Reading
Recently, there have been several developments in free speech protections in the United States and the United Kingdom. In a case of first impression in the U.S., the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals extended First Amendment freedom of speech protections from traditional media outlets to individual bloggers. Meanwhile, both the U.S. and the U.K. have adopted more speech protections to … Continue Reading
On Friday, 24 May the High Court ruled that Sally Bercow’s tweet “Why is Lord McAlpine trending? *innocent face*” (the “Tweet“) was defamatory. The ruling followed a preliminary hearing on the meaning of the Tweet. The background to the case is that Lord McAlpine pursued a number of Twitter users, including Sally Bercow, who had re-tweeted false accusations … Continue Reading
On 21 June 2012, a number of articles (the “Articles”) were published in The Times that were critical of the use of film investment schemes as a means of avoiding tax. The Articles named Patrick McKenna as one of the two main providers of these schemes, and identified his professional association with a number of celebrities. At three … Continue Reading
Persistent rumors about the past of Germany’s former first lady, Bettina Wulff, have brought back a yet undecided discussion about search engine operators’ liability for auto-complete suggestions in Germany. The now rebuffed rumors connect Bettina Wulff’s past with allegations such as having worked as an escort girl or as a prostitute. They have been spread out through the Internet by … Continue Reading
In a recent High Court decision, it was held that Nature Publishing Group (“NPG”), publisher of the scientific journal Nature, had not defamed physicist and engineer Mohamed El Naschie, editor of the journal Chaos, Solitons & Fractals, by suggesting that he had abused his position in order to publish an excessive number of his own articles.
On 6 July 2012, … Continue Reading