About

Open Info and Ideas is a blog about accessing information and ideas, whether through the mass media, social media, or directly from the original source. It is particularly about the law and policy that governs this access, such as that relating to defamation, misuse of private information / breach of confidence, data protection, freedom of information and surveillance. Its name reflects Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights which states that the right to freedom of expression shall include ‘freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers’.

It’s written/edited by Judith Townend (@jtownend), a socio-legal researcher based at the University of Sussex specialising in information and media practice, law and policy. All views the author’s own.

You can find my academic work here. My work has also been published by the Inforrm blog, the Justice Gap, The Conversation UK, Index on Censorship and the Guardian. I’m a member of the Transparency Project core group.

Please note: This site contains general information only. This site does not contain legal advice. This site is not responsible for the content of external sites. Enquiries should be made to: jt {dot} townend {at} gmail {dot} com.

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