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On Wednesday lunchtime, I’ll be giving a talk at the regular Social Scholar seminar, at the School of Advanced Study, on legal issues for academic bloggers and social media users (all welcome):

While social media tools are fantastically liberating for academic communication, users need to be aware of the legal and ethical context. Those trained in journalism or law will probably be aware of the most important media and communication-related laws, but my research suggests there are many bloggers and social media users who are uncertain about the boundaries of legitimate speech. What’s more, the complexity of UK media law (and high cost of resolving a civil dispute) makes it an uncertain environment for even the most experienced and legally astute. My contribution to the Social Scholar series will discuss the main legal issues for academic bloggers and social media users, point towards useful guides, and offer some thoughts on how legal resources and systems might be improved.


  • Speaker: Dr Judith Townend (Director, Centre for Law and Information Policy, IALS/SAS)
  • Time: Wednesday 29 April 2015, 1pm-2pm
  • Location: Room 246 (Senate House, 2nd Floor)
  • All welcome! No prior registration needed. For full details see the Event Page