The internet, to regulate or not to regulate? House of Lords calls for new digital regulator

The House of Lords Select Committee on Communications has published a report recommending a new approach to, and comprehensive and holistic strategy for, regulating the digital environment. Unsurprisingly the report concludes that the “digital world has not kept pace with its role in our lives” and, in particular, it calls for the establishment of a new ‘Digital Authority’ to provide oversight, as well as instruct and co-ordinate existing regulators. While over a dozen regulators have partial responsibility for regulating the digital market, no one regulator has complete oversight. The Committee argues that this has resulted in a digital environment that is fragmented, with gaps and overlaps, as well as  a regulatory infrastructure that is incapable of responding to the challenges that the modern online world presents. Continue reading

IPSO issues guidance on using material taken from social media

On 4 July 2017 the Independent Press Standards Organisation (the “IPSO“) published guidance for editors and journalists seeking advice on how the Editors’ Code of Practice applies to the use of material taken from social media to support or illustrate a particular story (the “Guidance“).

The Editors’ Code of Practice sets the framework for the highest professional standards for journalists and the IPSO’s role is to uphold the Editor’s Code of Practice. The Guidance does not replace the Code of Practice – it provides a framework of key questions for editors and journalists to consider when comply with the Code of Practice. Continue reading