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Paul Bernal

Lecturer in Information Technology, Intellectual Property and Media Law, University of East Anglia

Paul Bernal is a Lecturer in Information Technology, Intellectual Property and Media Law in the UEA School of Law. His background is unusual for a legal academic. His first degree was in mathematics, at Cambridge University, 20 years ago, and he is a qualified Chartered Accountant. Over the last 20 years he has worked as an auditor, in finance for big companies in the City, done pioneering work in the early days of the internet, including setting up and running the first online real-time education system for children to operate in the UK, and been finance director of a charity dealing with mental health and criminal justice.

That lead him to the study of human rights law - his PhD at the LSE concerned the interaction between human rights and internet privacy and in particular, the commercial gathering and use of personal data - particularly by organisations like Google and Facebook - and how that use affects our lives, and will increasingly affect our lives in the future.

Paul’s current research centres around internet related issues: privacy, surveillance, freedom of expression and other human rights. He looks at the role of social networks such as Twitter and Facebook, and how the law deals with our interactions with each other, with businesses and with authorities. A book based in part on his PhD, titled ‘Internet Privacy Rights: rights to protect autonomy’, will be published in early 2014 by Cambridge University Press.

Fake news: if you care about being lied to you'll be more careful about the way you use social media

May 16, 2017 13:58 pm UTC| Insights & Views Technology

Fake news has become big news over the past few months. And thats mainly due to the election of Donald Trump, who is famously given to accusing his critics of making up stories about him, but who is himself arguably the...

How the UK passed the most invasive surveillance law in democratic history – and what we can do about it

Nov 24, 2016 00:04 am UTC| Insights & Views Law

You might not have noticed thanks to world events, but the UK parliament recently approved the governments so-called Snoopers Charter and it will soon become law. This nickname for the Investigatory Powers Bill is well...

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Australian bonds slump following weakness in U.S. Treasuries; FOMC decision in focus

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FxWirePro: The Day Ahead- 11th December 2017

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FxWirePro: The Day Ahead- 8th December 2017

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FxWirePro: The Day Ahead- 7th December 2017

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Politics

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Brexit: why Macron has more room to manoeuvre than May and Merkel

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Science

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Study Says Air Pollution Makes Exercise Pointless, Poses Huge Health Risks To Unborn Babies

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Baby Born Via Transplanted Uterus For The First Time

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Smartphone Addiction Increases Anxiety And Depression, Study Finds

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Technology

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Vine Creator Teases New App, Could It Be Vine 2.0?

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