TILT Seminar by Mark Leiser

Date: Time: 12:00 Location: Montesquieu building

TILT invites people working in the domain of law, technology, and society to give guest seminars on a regular basis.

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Dr M.R. Leiser is Assistant Professor at the Center for Law and Digital Technologies, research fellow of the Effective Protection of Fundamental Rights in a Pluralist World research program, and thesis coordinator for the Advanced Masters in Digital Technologies at Leiden University. He holds a BSc in Communications and Media Studies, an LLB (Hons) and PhD from the University of Strathclyde, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). Dr Leiser was supervised by Professor Andrew Murray at the London School of Economics where he also lectured before joining Leiden Law School. He has a professional background in law, IT, investment banking, and journalism.

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"Regulatory pluralism in a world of deceptive content and fundamental rights."

The US election of Donald Trump and the referendum on the United Kingdom’s continued membership of the European Union brought platform responsibility and political advertising to the forefront of academic discussion and policy debates. Facebook promised measures to tackle the problem of deceptive content and the European Union released numerous reports and took numerous steps to address the disinformation problem. With another American election just over a year away, are we any closer to protecting the online infosphere from disinformation and deceptive content?

The presentation provides an overview of the ways deceptive content is disseminated and highlights areas of continued concern.  From advertising regulation to intermediary liability, from consumer protection to ‘user’ protection, the presentation takes a methods-based approach to the dissemination of disinformation, critiques the response from the European Union, and suggests further action is needed.

Dr Leiser’s book, “Fake News, Online Manipulation and Digital Propaganda: Law and Regulation in Europe” will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2020.


LTMS Tables, 7th floor Montesquieu Building