3 February 2010
Venue: Skeel Lecture Theatre, People’s Palace, Mile End
'Porn, pipes and the state: Regulating internet content'
Ian Walden, Professor of Information and Communications Law
While most governments were keen to leave the internet relatively unencumbered by regulation during its first decades, the recent clamour for greater controls over illegal and harmful content continue unabated. This lecture will examine the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) as an oft-quoted model and valuable case study for controlling illegal internet content. Consideration will be given to the legal position of communication intermediaries as gateways for exercising control; as well as the regulatory structures, specifically the role of the state, underpinning any such regime.
Ian Walden is Professor of Information and Communications Law and Head of the Institute of Computer and Communications Law in the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London. His recent publications include Computer Crimes and Digital Investigations (2007), Telecommunications Law and Regulation (3rd ed, 2009) and Media Law and Practice (2009). Ian has been involved in law reform projects for the World Bank, the EBRD and various United Nations agencies, as well as a number of individual states. National Expert to the European Commission DG-Industry (1995-96). Board Member and Trustee of the Internet Watch Foundation (2004-2009). Ian is a solicitor and is Of Counsel to Baker & McKenzie and was appointed to the Press Complaints Commission in December 2009.