The past year has been a busy one for the LSE Media Policy Project and a contentious one in media policy. We covered the aftermath of the Leveson Inquiry into press ethics, which has been playing out in battles over different versions of a Royal Charter and what form a new press self-regulator will take. Although the Privy Council approved the version agreed in cross party talks, many of the major newspapers proceeded with their own version and this game will continue play well into 2014.
Edward Snowden’s revelations
about NSA surveillance of the internet kicked off a maelstrom of international reaction at the level of national governments and within privacy, freedom of expression and internet governance circles. It was a core issue in the Internet Governance Series we ran in the Autumn, that discussed the moves by some countries to gain more control over infrastructure and traffic and posed serious questions about the future of the global internet governance institutions.
This story is just beginning as courts in the US and Europe will be dealing with resulting cases, including one brought to the European Court of Human Rights against the NSA by a coalition of civil society groups and others.