UN official condemns blockade

June 30, 2017 / by The Peninsula Qatar Geneva: H E Ali Khalfan Al Mansouri, Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nations Office and International Organizations in Geneva, met yesterday with Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. The meeting discussed the flagrant violations of international…

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Rupert Murdoch’s Sky takeover has been denied for now – but the plurality of our media is still at risk

June 29, 2017 / by Neena Gill, The Independent. Even though phone-hacking is now a dark part of its history, Murdoch’s media empire continues to churn out partisan and sometimes highly abusive content.   One of the things that makes me proud to be British is our freedom to feel, think and say largely whatever we…

Reconstructing the power vertical: the authoritarian threat in Ukraine

June 29, 2017 / by Mikhail Minakov, Opendemocracy Eastern Europe has become a source of short- and long-term risks for the entire European continent. Inter-state conflicts, authoritarianism and illiberalism seem to permanently dwell here and increase the threats to democracy in other parts of Europe. With the commence of the Russian-Ukrainian war and annexation of…

Big Data: Agcom, Antitrust and Italian Data Protection Authority launch a joint investigation

June 28, 2017 / by Lexology Background information/Scenario The Italian Communications Authority, Antitrust Authority, and Data Protection Authority started on 30 May 2017 a joint investigation with a view to identifying criticalities related the use of Big Data and to defining a regulatory framework promoting the protection of personal data, competition on the digital market,…

Internet Advocates share their concerns with the European Commission’s Copyright Proposal

June 26, 2017 / by Maud Sacquet, project-disco.org On 15 June 2017, the European Commission’s Digital Vice President Andrus Ansip “lamented Parliament divisions on issues ranging from hyperlinking to text and data mining, after Members of the European Parliament tabled close to a thousand amendments to the copyright file”. As evidenced by recent coalition letters (here, here and here) from consumer representatives,…

European media plurality at risk

June 2, 2017/ By New Europe Media plurality in Europe is at risk, according to the latest Media Pluralism Monitor (MPM) report by The Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom’s (CMPF). The analysis assessed risks to media plurality in the EU, Turkey and Montenegro using data gathered over the year of 2016. Cyprus, Italy and Norway were…