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The legal aspects of the internet and new technologies, with particular focus on human rights, is a rapidly evolving and dynamic research area with a strong interdisciplinary component. In the digital era, conventional legal thinking has been challenged in an unprecedented manner breaking new ground in legal scholarship: how is this new medium to be understood and regulated? Internet law related research is an all-encompassing field of scholars drawing from law, computer sciences, communication and media studies and sociology, striving to provide answers to the challenges of the digital economy.

CIPPM is one of the few research centres in the UK with remarkable activity in this field benefiting from the expertise of its members on a broad range of issues: online surveillance and cybersecurity, big data and privacy by design, free speech and new media, distributed architectures and internet governance.  Online privacy and data processing legislative framework in the EU is examined thoroughly by the Centre’s Director, Professor Maurizio Borghi. His research on “Online Data Processing Consent under EU Law” (co-authored with F. Ferretti and S. Karapapa) has provided empirical evidence from the UK towards building a robust theoretical model. CIPPM’s Argyro Karanasiou has written extensively on free speech and human rights in the digital era while she has been invited as an academic stakeholder to many international fora on internet governance, most notably IGF 2013 as ISOC’s Ambassador.  Her theory on techno-legal policy models, based on distributed architectures, is a notable example of the diverse and intricate questions posed in the online sphere.

The Centre’s active involvement and research is further evident in the funded PhD studentship commencing in September 2014, which shall be examining the legal implications of Big Data, a promising and exciting new frontier.


Argyro Karanasiou - Senior Lecturer in Law
Maurizio Borghi - Professor Borghi is the Centre's Director
Conor O’Kane - Lecturer in Economics
Emile Douilhet - PhD Researcher
Rebecca Wong - Visiting Fellow 2016-2017
Sara Hourani - Lecturer in Law
Data protection compliance of UK websites - Emprical study on data processing consent; survey of 200 most-popular e-commerce UK websites The study aimed at understanding the level of compliance with data protection requirements by websites registered in the United Kingdom. It carried out a statistical survey and an empirical study on the practices of online service providers concerning the processing of personal […]
Roger Brownsword – Informational Rights and Informational Wrongs December 13, 2017 - Law Department Research Seminar - Wednesday 13 December, 16.30
Trading with the Consumer in the Digital Age June 20, 2017 - Workshop - 20 June 2017 (09:00 – 17:00), Executive Business Centre, EB 702
Matthew David – Sharing: Crime Against Capitalism May 17, 2017 - Research seminar - Wednesday 17 May, 16.00, room F111. Sharing: Crime Against Capitalism is Matthew David's forthcoming new book.
Maurizio Borghi on “Legal regulation of search engines” January 28, 2015 - Faculty seminar of Maurizio Borghi “Legal regulation of research engines: the end of the “consent architecture”?” Wednesday 28 January 2015, 1:00pm, Room PG22 The seminar will address search engine liability in the context of EU law and jurisprudence (e.g. Innoweb and the recent Ryanair case). It concludes that the European legislative framework is severely restricting […]

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CIPPM Co-Director Dr. Dinusha Mendis contributes to FP7 MAPPING Project in Hannover September 22, 2015 - On 22-23 September 2015, Dr. Dinusha Mendis was invited to the First General Assembly of the FP7-funded MAPPING Project. MAPPING – Managing Alternatives for Privacy, Property and Internet Governance – held its First General Assembly on 22-23 September at Hannover Congress Centrum. The event brought together stakeholders from three key areas including Internet Governance, Privacy […]
Mind the Terms of Service! A closer look at the ToS with special reference to consumer’s privacy. February 20, 2015 - Do you ever read the small printed details online or you just click away and download your desired app/software without even taking a second look? Our LL.M students Keziah Gitonga, Mehmet Arvas, Amanda Kemmer Soares, Constantinos Papantoniou and Timur Temirgazin have taken a closer look at the ToS of some of the most popular content providers: […]
CIPPM research features in the Report of the Speaker’s Commission on Digital Democracy February 4, 2015 - The Speaker’s Commission on Digital Democracy launched on the 26th January 2015 after a long period of consultation and research. Argyro Karanasiou has provided evidence discussing lawmaking the digital era and her work is cited (n 18, 23, 73) in the report, which can be found here. On Tuesday 3/2/2015 Argyro attended the reception in […]
CIPPM’s Argyro Karanasiou at the OSCE free media experts panel in Vienna September 24, 2014 - Argyro Karanasiou, a member of CIPPM and Lecturer in Law at BU has been invited by the OSCE (Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe) Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovich to join the experts meeting on open journalism. The high level meeting focused on the human rights and legal implications of Open […]
Argyro Karanasiou’s statement at the LSE International Workshop “The Alternative Internet” September 17, 2014 -   CIPPM’ Argyro Karanasiou has presented her position paper “Fixing Broken Promises: Clean Slates and Human Rights by Design” at the international workshop “The Alternative Internet” at the London School of Economics on September 16th 2014. This invitation-only event was organised by the Department of Media and Communications of London School of Economics and Political Science […]

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