Digital Rights


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.


Maurizio Borghi - Professor of Intellectual Property Law
Conor O’Kane - Lecturer in Economics
Emile Douilhet - PhD Researcher 2015-2019
Katarina Krapež - Visiting Fellow - Spring 2017 and 2018-2019
Rebecca Wong - Visiting Fellow 2016-2017
Sara Hourani - Lecturer in Law
Legal and ethical implications of ‘Vehicle to Everything’ - Project coordinators: Sally Weston and Freyja van den Boom Project description The context for this project is data from Vehicle to Everything (V2X) and how it will transform the insurance sector and revolutionise the way consumers engage with insurers.  V2X is an intelligent transport system where all vehicles and infrastructure systems are monitored and interconnected... Read more »
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... Read more »
Working Paper 04-2021: Marcella Favale “Robots as the New Judges: Copyright, Hate Speech, and Platforms” August 23, 2021 - Abstract On the 16th of October 2020, a middle-school teacher, Samuel Paty, was beheaded by a terrorist who would not know of his existence if not for a number of videos posted on social media.[1] Yet, a law against publishing heinous content on line was approved in France on the 13th of May.[2] But in... Read more »
CIPPM panel at the CPDP Conference 2021 January 24, 2021 - CIPPM / Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence has sponsored a panel at the 14th International Conference Computers, Privacy & Data Protection (CPDP) “Enforcing rights in a changing world”, Brussels 27 -29 January 2021. The panel “Rethinking opennes in the context of Artificial Intelligence” will be held on Wednesday 27 January at 18:30 (CET). Chair: Freyja... Read more »
Informational Ecosystems: workshop postponed March 25, 2020 - In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Workshop Information Ecosystems (Regulating for and from the Abyss), scheduled for 20 May 2020, has been postponed to a date to be determined in Autumn. Tanks for your understanding. The organising committee: Professor Roger Brownsword, Professor Maurizio Borghi and Dr Jeffrey Wale.
InfoSoc Seminar Series, Autumn 2019 October 1, 2019 - InfoSoc is a project launched by the Law Department of Bournemouth University and inspired by the landmark research of Professor Roger Brownsword. The idea is to map the landscape of contemporary informational interests and to evaluate a range of recognised and putative rights and wrongs associated with modern ‘information societies’. The aim of the InfoSoc... Read more »
A History of Intellectual Property in 50 Objects – now published July 8, 2019 - A History of Intellectual Property in 50 Objects (Cambridge University Press) is a book that focuses on 50 objects to tell a history of the intellectual property system, and why it matters today. The book brings together an interesting group of interdisciplinary scholars to tell a wide-ranging audience why they should care about intellectual property.... Read more »

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