Resources for investigative journalism are diminishing. In the digital age, this was a foreseeable evolution: publishers typically regard these pieces as time-consuming and expensive, and the results of the research are often unpredictable and potentially disappointing. In this post, Pieter-Jan Ombelet of the KU Leuven Centre for IT & IP Law analyses automated journalism (also referred to as robotic reporting) as a potential solution to combat the diminution of investigative journalism, and looks at the potential (positive and negative) impact of automated journalism on media pluralism.
On 13 may 2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) held that individuals have a right to obtain removal of certain search results that are shown following a web search on the basis of their name. The Google Spain ruling initiated vivid discussions around the world on the so called “right to be forgotten” (RTBF).
On 16 June 2015 the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) delivered a judgement in Delfi AS v. Estonia. By fifteen votes to two, the Grand Chamber of the ECtHR ruled that there was no violation of Article 10 by the domestic courts in deciding that the Estonian news portal Delfi had not taken sufficient measures to remove unlawful comments under a news story. Pieter-Jan Ombelet and Aleksandra Kuczerawy of the KU Leuven Interdisciplinary Centre for Law and ICT (ICRI-CIR) provide a short summary of the case and point out the key legal issues discussed by the Grand Chamber.
On 9-10 March Peggy Valcke from iMinds-KU Leuven’s ICRI/CIR presented REVEAL at the audiovisual conference “Strengthening the European audiovisual media market – for the development of the European identity”, organized by the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the EU.
In REVEAL we also look at what the processing of Social Media data means from a legal perspective. In this contribution, Aleksandra Kuczerawy from KU Leuven’s ICRI / CIR investigates the EC’s ‘Notice and Action’ initiative.
Another hearing of the Google Advisory Council on the Right to be Forgotten took place in Brussels on Tuesday, 11 November 2014 . Brendan Van Alsenoy and Jef Ausloos of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Law and ICT at KU Leuven, a partner in REVEAL, look back at the series of hearings and highlight some of the most important (and less important) points. This article is a reproduction – with minor adaptations – that originally appeared on the blog of the London School of Economics. It is reproduced with the kind permission of the aforementioned authors, who are editorially responsible and hold respective copyrights, unless stated otherwise. We re-publish the article here because of its relevance for REVEAL and related undertakings.