Big tech accountability? Read how we got here in  The Closing of the Net 

Kiran Sidhu: A Call for Minority Involvement in Cybersecurity Legislation Reform and Civil Rights Protests: Lessons from the Anti-SOPA/PIPA Demonstrations

Published in Hastings  Communications and Entertainment Law Journal 38 Hastings Comm. & Ent. L.J. 117 2016.


"[Text]  In the Intellectual Property ("IP") world, it is common knowledge that the traditional "writers of copyright's history" are powerful interest groups in the entertainment industry, and, as a result, ordinary citizens lack the political firepower to influence copyright debates."

[Citation] Such US-based interest groups include the Motion Picture Association of America ("MPAA") (comprised of 6 big media companies: GE, Disney, Newscorp, TimeWarner, Viacom and CBS), the Recording Industry Association of America ("RIAA"), and large software firms who actively lobby on their behalf. See generally MONICA HORTEN, A COPYRIGHT MASQUERADE: How CORPORATE LOBBYING THREATENS ONLINE FREEDOMS (2013)."

Iptegrity in brief is the website of Dr Monica Horten. I’ve been analysing analysing digital policy since 2008. Way back then, I identified how issues around rights can influence Internet policy, and that has been a thread throughout all of my research. I hold a PhD in EU Communications Policy from the University of Westminster (2010), and a Post-graduate diploma in marketing.   I’ve served as an independent expert on the Council of Europe  Committee on Internet Freedoms, and was involved in a capacity building project in Moldova, Georgia, and Ukraine. I am currently (from June 2022)  Policy Manager - Freedom of Expression, with the Open Rights Group. For more, see About Iptegrity is made available free of charge for  non-commercial use, Please link-back & attribute Monica Horten. Thank you for respecting this.

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Copyright Enforcement Enigma launch, March 2012

In 2012, I presented my PhD research in the European Parliament.


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