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The internet and the law

National Union of Journalists

Saturday, 26 October 2013 from 10:00 to 19:00 (BST)

The internet and the law

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Ordinary ticket Ended £30.00 £0.00
NUJ member Ended Free £0.00
Unemployed/OAP Ended £10.00 £0.00
Goldsmiths staff/students Ended Free £0.00

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Event flyerLeveson, royal charter(s), libel reform – UK law is changing and its impact on the internet is yet to become clear. The recent controversy over the possible inclusion of blogs in the new exemplary damages provisions in the Crime and Courts Bill illustrated some of the issues and concerns.

While changes to libel law have been hailed as creating a wider space for free expression, the Lord McAlpine controversy showed how ignorant many social media users are about libel. And worse still, many users of Twitter and other social media believe it gives them the freedom to abuse and threaten other users, women in particular.

The NUJ New Media Industrial Council and the Media Reform Coalition at Goldsmiths, University of London, are holding a one-day conference on the internet and the law on 26 October.

There will be three sessions during the day:

Libel (10.30-12.00) - chaired by Judith Townend (Meeja Law)

Online abuse and threats (13:00-14:30) - chaired by Professor Yuri Obata (Visiting International Researcher at Goldsmiths)

Regulation (15:00-16:30) - chaired by Angela Philips (Media Reform Coalition)

Further speakers to be confirmed, get in touch with Donnacha DeLong donnacha.delong@talktalk.net if you'd like to join one of the panels.

Refreshments will be served in the morning, afternoon and after the final session (alas, there's no such thing as a free lunch).

If you're not an NUJ member, you can now join online.

Do you have questions about The internet and the law? Contact National Union of Journalists

When & Where


Small Hall
Richard Hoggart Building, Goldsmiths University of London
New Cross
London, SE14 6NW

Saturday, 26 October 2013 from 10:00 to 19:00 (BST)


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