22 June – 10 July 2020

Privacy, Free Speech, and the Media

PPCU Summer School 2020, Budapest

Abstract

  • The 20th century has witnessed a revolution in information technology, challenging the traditional concepts and regulatory solutions of media law. New devices allow for the spreading of content in unprecedented scale and speed, making it possible for information to reach millions around the globe. Not only do these solutions create new channels of democratic participation, obliterate the conventional news cycle and putting governments under new sources of pressure, they are bursting the confines of the traditional legal framework regulating the media. The internet and in particular, the borderless nature of cyberspace are posing difficult questions of jurisdiction in both regulating online behaviour and prosecuting possible offences. The problem of extraterritoriality in prosecuting hate crimes committed online shows a clear need for establishing cross-border cooperation between the server states and states where the audience of the inciting material is located. Differences in privacy laws and personality rights and net neutrality across the globe lead to differences in the consideration of similar cases involving revenge porn, photos of shot of police, or the download speed of certain sites. Meanwhile, private search engine and social media giants such as Google and Facebook are becoming central channels of the democratic debate, determining the information we access and share based on their own economic and political priorities. Attempts to regulate these companies have resulted e.g. in the notorious right to be forgotten, but the jury is out on how best to curb possible fundamental rights violations across multiple jurisdictions.

    These are just some of the issues to be tackled by the media law of the 21st century. The Summer School on Privacy, Free Speech, and the Media focuses on introducing the different areas of law and the rights and freedoms affected by the shifting media landscape. Taking examples from prominent media scandals of the past decade, courses will discuss the most pressing issues of media regulation, along with solutions and case-law from Europe and the United States.

Courses

  • Lecturers: András Koltay (Rector of the National University of Public Service, Professor of Pázmány Péter Catholic University) / Zsolt Ződi (Senior Researcher, National University of Public Service): The regulation of online platforms in Europe and in the US

    Day 1: …. 9-11:00     

    Day 2: …. 9-11:00

    Day 3: … 9-11:00 – 15-16:30 consultation

    Day 4: … 9-11:00

    Day 5: test

  • Lecturer: Peter Coe (Lecturer in Law, School of Law, University of Reading, Research Associate, Information Law and Policy Centre, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies): Defamation and privacy on the internet

    Day 1:  11-13:00

    Day 2:  11-13:00

    Day 3:  11-13:00       15-16:30 consultation

    Day 4:  11-13:00 – 15-16:30 consultation

    Day 5: test

  • Lecturer 3: Robert Kahn (Professor, University of St. Thomas School of Law): Hate speech and blasphemy in the online sphere

    Day 6: … 9-11:00

    Day 7: … 9-11:00      15-16:30 consultation

    Day 8: … 9-11:00

    Day 9: … 9-11:00

    Day 10: test

  • Lecturer: János Tamás Papp (Researcher of the National Media and Infocommunications Authority, Lecturer of Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Faculty of Law and Political Sciences): Legal challenges in social media

    Day 6: What is social „media”?  11-13:00

    Day 7: Contractual freedom of speech 11-13:00 – 15-16:30 consultation

    Day 8: Fake news, disinformation 11-13:00

    Day 9: Regulatory models of social media platforms 11-13:00 – 15-16:30 consultation

    Day 10: test

  • Lecturer: Paul Bernal (Senior Lecturer, University of East Anglia School of Law): The internet, “warts and all” – General introduction to the regulatory issues of the internet

    Day 11: … 9-11:00 – 15-16:30

    Day 12: … 9-11:00 

    Day 13: … 9-11:00 – 15-16:30 consultation

    Day 14: test

  • Lecturers: Petra Láncos (Associate Professor of Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Faculty of Law): Right to be forgotten / Balázs Bartóki-Gönczy (Assistant Professor of National University of Public Service): Net neutrality

    Day 11: … 11-13:00              

    Day 12: … 11-13:00 – 15-16:30

    Day 13: … 11-13:00 

    Day 14: test

    Day 15: … Closing ceremony, awards