Looking at Citizenfour through Internet regulation

Last Sunday night Citizenfour, the Laura Poitras documentary about Edward Snowden, won the Oscar for best documentary. This is a great development for those of us who believe that the Snowden revelations constitute one of the most important events of our time, and hopefully it will prompt a wider examination […]

The monopolistic Internet

I’ve started reading “The Internet is not the answer” by Andrew Keen (a full review will be forthcoming), and listened with interest to the interview by the always astute Aleks Krotowski in The Guardian’s Tech Weekly podcast. One of Keen’s comments during the interview, and from what I can see […]

Patent trolls playing the system

The continuing existence of patent troll is a baffling failure of modern regulation. For those not familiar with this mythical figure, it is the bane of the software industry in the United States. If you are new to the term, I highly recommend listening to this amazing podcast from NPR […]


Can robots break the law?

An interesting case has been developing in recent weeks, which might lead us to look at liability of artificial intelligence agents. A Swiss art collective named !Mediengruppe Bitnik has created a web bot that trawls marketplaces in the darknet armed with a number of bitcoins, and then displays the purchases […]


Can you copyright a tweet?

Some weeks ago I was asked to comment on whether tweets are subject to copyright protection. Unsurprisingly, this is a common question that gets asked over and over again, as some of the information online is contradictory and misleading, or refers to other jurisdictions. Do we have an answer in […]

Why The Pirate Bay can’t be shut down

On December 9 2014, Swedish police raided the servers of the file-sharing site The Pirate Bay, and finally managed to shut down the service for the first time since its creation in 2003. Police acted from a complaint from Swedish rights holder anti-piracy group Rights Alliance, and while I have […]