06 Jun 2006

more about that UK libel decision

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A few weeks ago I blogged about a UK internet libel decision. The defendent in that case, Tracy Williams, now appears to have commented on the original post . I did a quick traceroute on the IP address and it does check out as having been posted by an NTL user in Oldham, Greater Manchester (where Williams is said to be from in the court case against her). The poster, in turn, links to a website that discusses the case, offers some alternative viewpoints on it’s outcome, various evidence, etc.

Regardless, it’s still a precedent setting case in that the claimant successfully sued the defendent, the originator of the posts complained about, rather than the provider of the service.

Cybersoc by Robin Hamman
With over 13 years of professional experience in the digital and social media industry, and a client portfolio that includes some of the World's most recognisable brands and organisations, I've built a reputation internationally as a leading practitioner in the industry.

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About Robin Hamman

I've been helping some of the World's most widely recognised brands and organisations devise and implement strategic digital and social media programmes since 1999.

I'm currently the EMEA Digital Network Lead at Fleishman Hillard. I've previously held a variety of roles including Managing Director of Dachis Group Europe, Director of Digital at Edelman, Head of Social Media at Headshift, Acting Editor of the BBC Blogs and Executive Producer at ITV.

In addition to my day job, I help my wife run an online retail business selling wool blankets - if you're feeling chilly, check out JustSheep.co.uk

I hold a BA in Education, MA in Sociology, MPhil in Communication Studies and a PgDip in Law. I've also been a Non-Residential Fellow at Stanford University Law School and a Visiting Fellow of Journalism at City University, London.

Why cybersoc.com? In 1995, I tried to register, for the purposes of researching "ordinary users", the username Cybersociologist on AOL. They truncated my name and I stuck with it....

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