SNP Member of the European Parliament Alyn Smith has today (Friday) published a report he commissioned into Scottish Twitter and online discourse in Scotland.
The independent report, "Scotland and Social Media, Trolls Under the Bridge?", researched and compiled by former Metropolitan Police Inspector turned investigative journalist and author JJ Patrick, found that some 4.25% of Scottish Twitter activity is identifiable as potentially malign, though this rises to a maximum of 12.24% in an assessment of certain account types.Read more
The European parliament today, by 438 votes to 226 against with 39 abstentions, voted to approve the negotiating mandate for the next stage of complex negotiations over the reform of Copyright in the digital Single Market. The SNP European Group, Ian Hudghton and Alyn Smith, supported a workable compromise between the most contentious elements of the Directive, in particular Articles 11 and 13, and the right of copyright holders to receive fair remuneration for their work when published online.Read more
"NOT THE END OF A COMPLEX STORY, AND NEEDS MORE WORK"
SNP Member of the European Parliament Alyn Smith has today welcomed the refusal by the full European Parliament of the negotiating mandate on the reform of copyright in the EU Digital Single Market by 318 votes to 278 with 31 abstentions.Read more
The first step to solving a problem is to acknowledge one exists. I’m concerned about how politics and current affairs are discussed and debated online - worldwide and across the UK if it comes to it - but I think we need to do a few things differently in Scotland. The technological changes we’re currently going through in terms of how people access and process information about the world around us is unprecedented, similar only to the development of radio and TV mass media but much more powerful even than them.
First published in The Sunday Herald, 9 July 2017Read more
Today SNP Members of the European Parliament Alyn Smith and Ian Hudghton voted to protect the freedom of Internet users.
Unfortunately the Parliament voted against various amendments to the flawed European Telecom Single Market (TSM) Package. As passed this compromises the principle of Internet neutrality that should ensure all information is treated equally.Read more
Scotland’s photographers and filmmakers breathed a sigh of relief today as the European Parliament voted to protect existing Freedom of Panorama laws.Read more
In a welcome move to Scotland’s photographers and filmmakers, Alyn Smith MEP has backed huge reform that would protect their right to feature famous landmarks in their work.Read more
SNP MEP Alyn Smith, Scottish Member of the European Parliament, has welcomed the provisional deal reached last night which will pave the way for no roaming charges across the whole EU.Read more
SNP MEP Alyn Smith welcomed the move to protect consumers from overcharging banks following the European Parliament’s vote in favour of a proposed cap on debit and credit card transaction fees in Strasbourg yesterday (Tuesday).Read more
Industry, including Apple, could face legal actionRead more