This page contains my articles and other publications. My work has been published in leading journals Computer Law & Security Review and Computer Law Review International, and I am a regular contributor to the Society for Computers and Law.
"Solo law in the UK"
I was a guest of Neil Tyra's on his "Law Entrepreneur"
podcast. I spoke about running a law firm in the UK, and the value of being a tech-savvy lawyer.
Quoted in "Public Wi-Fi hotspots and you"
I was quoted extensively in Adam Bank's piece the liability of public Wi-Fi operators on Ars Technica
Online Pornography, Age Verification and the Digital Economy Bill 2016
An initial comment on the age verification aspects of the Digital Economy Bill 2016, for the Society for Computers and Law, here
. (It was mentioned briefly on Slashdot
Commentary on AG opinion in McFadden
I wrote a brief commentary on the Advocate General's opinion on the liability of the operators of free open Wi-Fi for the Society for Computers and Law, here
Initial thoughts on the draft Investigatory Powers bill:
I wrote a few initial thoughts on the draft Investigatory Powers bill. By all means take a look, but please do bear in mind that they are initial thoughts based on a quick reading of a complex and lengthy draft bill, and so could contain errors and omissions! PDF is available here
The HTML5 Battery API:
A co-authored piece for the Society for Computers and Law, commenting on the legal aspects of a report that that functionality within the HTML5 standard may allow surreptitious tracking of users. Available on the SCL website
Is Luddism the Answer to ‘Keeping Humans at the Heart’?:
Published by the Society for Computers and Law
, this is a short overview of the talk I gave to the SCL's 2015 Technology Futures Conference, on the topic of "keeping humans at the heart of technology". I mused on the parallel between today’s concerns about the impact of technologies and those of the Luddites in the 19th century, and floated the idea of a ‘human impact assessment’. (You might read this in conjunction with my review of Andrew Keen's "The Internet Is Not The Answer"
, also published by the Society for Computers and Law.)
Law, Jurisdiction and the Digital Nomad:
Published in Computer Law Review International
(subscription only, I'm afraid), this article examines the European rules on law and jurisdiction for contracts, criticially examining the suitability of the framework for "digital nomads", travelling and providing services in a highly mobile, perhaps even locationless, way. (CRI 2015, 38-43)
An introduction to the regulation of apps and wearables as medical devices:
Published by the Society for Computers and Law under the title "Dr Download: Apps and Wearables as Medical Devices", this article introduces the regulation of apps and wearables as medical devices in the United Kingdom, under The Medical Devices Regulations 2002. You can view the article on the SCL's site here
, and a PDF copy with more detailed footnotes is available here
Uber: TfL and the Taxonomy of Taximeters:
An examination of the recent controversy over the taxi app ‘Uber’, and a question as to whether TfL’s decision in favour of Uber is a beneficial step for innovation. Published by the Society for Computers and Law
. PDF copy available here
An assessment of the proportionality of regulation of ‘over the top’ communications services under Europe's common regulatory framework for electronic communications networks and services:
My master's thesis, slightly updated, has been published in Elsevier's "Computer Law and Security Review". It outlines my initial thoughts on the regulation of over the top communications services. It is available on ScienceDirect
, or you can download it here
. (DOI: 10.1016/j.clsr.2014.05.010)
FOSS in Business:
A chapter in Noam Shemtov and Ian Walden's book, "Free and Open Source Software: Law, Policy and Practice"
, published by Oxford University Press. My chapter looks at the business implications of FOSS, including strategy and policy, product development and supply chain considerations, understanding and handling violations and allegations of violations, FOSS in corporate acquisitions, competition law implications of FOSS in business and employment law considerations.
Kickstarter: crowdsourcing, commitments and consumer protection:
My article examining the crowdsourced funding website Kickstarter, asking what Kickstarter needs to do to ensure that consumers are adequately protected against project failure. Published by the Society for Computers and Law
(subscription required; free academic access). PDF available here
A Decentralised Approach to Online Trust Validation?:
An assessment of the proportionality of regulation of over the top communications services under Europe’s common regulatory framework for electronic communications networks and services:
My Masters thesis, critically examining the way in which "over the top" communications services are regulated, asking whether today's regime is appropriate. The full text is available here
Assorted writings for LLM in IT and Telecoms law:
My various theme reports and end of module assessments for my Masters are here
09th August 2010:
iPad - harbinger of the public domain?:
published article, Society for Computers and Law website (members only): here
. Article available here
21st June 2010:
GNU GPL 2.0 and 3.0: obligations to include licence text, and provide source code:
published peer-reviewed article, International Free and Open Source Software Law Review, Volume 2, Issue 1. Journal available here
. Article available here