Thirteen languages. Ten principles. One conversation.
Timothy Garton Ash
Imagine that everything you express to the person closest to you, in your most intimate moments, is immediately posted online for all the world to see. This would not just be a nightmare of embarrassment; it would also mean that you would express yourself less freely. As anyone who has lived in a police state knows, if you fear that someone else might be listening, you no longer speak your mind. (more...)
Timothy Garton Ash introduces a sample tour of the content on our site
Since Facebook launched in 2005 its default privacy settings have undergone radical changes, giving more access to personal data than many are aware of.
We regularly highlight comments from our users. In the last six months we have had quite a few insightful comments, contributing to our online debate.
Sebastian Huempfer describes the difficulties in having outdated information removed from Google, and explains why this might be a good thing.
Jeff Howard explores the legal basis on which the US is collecting vast amounts of data on foreign and US citizens, despite the Fourth Amendment.
India has its own fierce debate about media regulation. Arghya Sengupta discusses how the shadow of the 1970s “Emergency” hangs over proposed steps from failed self-regulation to statutory regulation.
A globally-effective privacy regime is a realistic goal, argues Ian Brown. But it needs giants like Google to get behind it.
Our user imos.org.uk argues with one of our draft principles challenging the idea that privacy is a condition for free speech.
Should government-initiated phone hacking be made public if the recordings are in the public interest? Shubhangi Bhadada exposes the thin line in India between the right to privacy and freedom of expression.
Welcome to our live coverage of the Parliamentary debate on the Leveson Report, which was released last week. Lord Justice Leveson’s inquiry focused on links between journalists, politicians, the police and newspaper owners, the regulatory framework under which the press operates, and issues relating to the ownership of the press. The Report, which can be read [...]
Romedia Foundation aims to disseminate an insider's view of Romani issues, empower Romani activists and challenge stereotypes through new media.
The author of The Facebook Effect talks to FSD about privacy, anonymity whether the social network plans to go into China.
The public nature of the Leveson Inquiry into the phone-hacking scandal has been exemplary, writes Timothy Garton Ash.
Leading free speech expert Eric Barendt defends a British parliamentary report on privacy against criticisms by campaigning journalist John Kampfner.
The proposed law contradicts the ruling coalition's pledge to end the retention of internet and email data without good reason, writes Ian Brown.
In the case of McCullen v Coakley, the US Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling about restrictions on speech around abortion clinics. Max Harris explains.
On 10 October 2012 the Canadian teenager Amanda Todd committed suicide after years of cyber-bullying and harassment. Judith Bruhn describes a shocking case.
In 2008 two convicted murderers asked for their names to be removed from Wikipedia and other online media outlets, in accordance with German law. Does the individual’s right to be forgotten take priority over the public’s right to know?
Should Facebook automatically suggest who is in a photo? Sebastian Huempfer asks whether Facebook’s photo tagging software infringes the privacy of its users.
Judith Bruhn explores the theory and practice of privacy in Europe and whether a court injunction was enough to salvage the Duchess of Cambridge's privacy.
A leaked sex video resulted in Iranian actress Zahra Amir Ebrahimi fleeing the country to avoid prosecution, writes Fatemeh Shams Esmaeili.
Lord Justice Leveson's proposal for a celebrity privacy register that would allow famous individuals to opt out of the media limelight has divided magazine editors, writes Sebastian Huempfer.
In March 2011, a Berlin court ruled that Google Street View was not illegal after a private citizen filed a lawsuit, claiming the technology was an infringement of her property and privacy rights. Sebastian Huempfer looks at the case.
Was it right to make Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former managing director of the IMF, do the "perp walk" after he was charged with sexually assaulting a hotel maid in New York? Clementine de Montjoye argues no.
Sir Fred Goodwin, the former chief executive of the Royal Bank of Scotland, came under public scrutiny when it emerged that he had allegedly had an affair at a time when the bank was heading for collapse. Maryam Omidi asks whether there was a genuine public interest in details of the alleged affair being revealed.