Internet Governance Series: Stop Porn, Stop Piracy – the Limits of Intermediary Liability

In any given day in front of our computer we use all sorts of services: first, we access the global network through an Internet Service Provider (ISP). And once online, we update our Facebook status, post a blog entry in WordPress, tweet an interesting article on Twitter, search a topic in Google, listen to music through Spotify…

These companies, known generally as online intermediaries, are in an ideal position to control users’ behaviour –something of great interest to governments. If a state wants to prevent or deter any given online activity (child pornography, copyright infringement), there one straightforward strategy: use these intermediaries as a proxy for enforcement. This is what is commonly known as the gatekeeper strategy.

Published in the London School of Economics Media Policy Project. Continue reading here