The first libel trial in the United States involving Twitter features as a defendant one Courtney Love. The rock star has decided to represent herself in court. A lawyer she hired in 2008 has sued Love over a Tweet that the lawyer had been "bought off" in handling her estate's affairs. Love has said she thought the Tweet was a private message to a follower and deleted it soon after. Her testimony has been predictably colourful. Given her public status, the lawyer has to prove Love acted with malice. The "Twibel" case has potentially significant implications on the way courts treat social media comments.
The recent U.S. court ruling put a damper on net neutrality and left the door open for media companies to create separate deals with Internet Service Providers, effectively a tiered system of access. But a consumer group in Europe has a different approach.
David Meyer, writing for Gigaom, examines amendments to legislation that prevent ISPs from legally striking deals with one another. The eventual impact could be much more net neutrality in Europe, but there remain some stages of debate and review before the amendments take hold.
Geolocation stands to be a major feature in journalism's future. A panel discussion in London this week examined how. It heard that five to six billion people will soon have the ability to broadcast themselves and be commissioned to do so, and with that will come mobile footage that plays a greater role in storytelling.