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    Half empty or full? The politics of measuring media plurality

Half empty or full? The politics of measuring media plurality

Justin Schlosberg of Birkbeck, University of London looks at why the media ownership and plurality debates are stuck on the issue of measurement and argues that better assessment is needed before the right metrics can be chosen. 

Ofcom’s latest consultation on measuring media plurality asks at the outset ‘what, if anything, should be added to the measurement framework?’ This question itself […]

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    Digital Single Market strategy: geo-blocking, copyright, and AVMS implications

Digital Single Market strategy: geo-blocking, copyright, and AVMS implications

Recently the European Commission’s draft Digital Single Market strategy and evidence file were leaked and obtained by Politico. The document has been prepared under the aegis of Commissioner Ansip, Commissioner Vice President with responsibility for the Digital Single Market, one of the key areas identified in the Commission President’s Political Guidelines. Ahead of the official launch date of 6 […]

Data protection and privacy must be excluded from TTIP

Maryant Fernández Pérez, an Advocacy Manager at European Digital Rights (EDRi) argues that those in charge of representing the EU in upcoming trade negotiations need to strongly consider human rights, privacy and data protection, and mass surveillance, among many key subjects. She also offers further resources for learning about TTIP and data protection. 

Data protection is a contentious issue in the discussions […]

April 15th, 2015|Featured, Privacy|2 Comments|

How to tackle nuisance calls in the UK

In a follow-up to her post on nuisance calls earlier this year, LSE Visiting Senior Fellow Claire Milne outlines changes she would like to see to help in reducing nuisance for the public in the UK.

Once again there’s a crop of news stories about nuisance calls – this time, prompted by the improved enforcement powers for ICO that came into force on 6 […]

April 10th, 2015|Featured, Privacy|0 Comments|
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    If debate is silenced we risk more violence in the name of religion

If debate is silenced we risk more violence in the name of religion

Thomas Hughes, the Executive Director of ARTICLE 19, argues that states must actively protect free speech rather than merely pay it lip service. 

In the last few months, the rights to freedom of expression and freedom of religion or belief have been brought into sharp focus. The tragic Charlie Hebdo murders, and the subsequent attack on a kosher Supermarket in Paris, […]

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    Nought for your comfort: Sir Alan Moses’ speech to the LSE Media Policy Project

Nought for your comfort: Sir Alan Moses’ speech to the LSE Media Policy Project

Media lawyer Jonathan Coad is a partner in the Media Brands and Technology Group at Lewis Silkin LLP and acts for both Claimants and Defendants. He expresses disappointment that IPSO (Independent Press Standards Organisation) seems to be heading in the same ineffectual direction as the PCC (Press Complaints Commission).
When I read of the appointment of Sir Alan Moses to the vital […]

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    Responsiveness and legitimacy in the regulation of the press

Responsiveness and legitimacy in the regulation of the press

Last night Sir Alan Moses delivered a speech at the LSE on the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) and the future of press regulation. In it he cited the work of LSE’s Pro Director for Research, Julia Black. Here she argues that Moses and IPSO need to remember their role is to protect the public, not the regulated. 

Sir Alan Moses’ impassioned […]

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    No need to panic: Let’s talk about coercion, consent, and collaboration for a safer Internet for kids

No need to panic: Let’s talk about coercion, consent, and collaboration for a safer Internet for kids

LSE Media Policy Project researcher Jessica Mason discusses recent research on “youth-produced sexual content online” from the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) and Microsoft.

Yesterday the IWF released the results of a new qualitative study in which they proactively searched, over a three month period, for sexually explicit video and image content depicting young people. They exclusively looked for content that […]

An end to nuisance calls? Not yet.

LSE Senior Visiting Fellow Claire Milne expresses skepticism about the recent news proclaiming an end to nuisance calls.

“End of the line for cold callers” shouted the Daily Mail front page. The mail was referring to the DCMS announcement—headed with the claim “Government cracks down on nuisance calling companies”—on the outcome of its consultation last autumn on lowering the legal threshold for […]

The limits to children’s use of smartphones

LSE’s Leslie Haddon looks at the findings from the final Net Children Go Mobile report, noting that some of the hype and panic about kids’ constant connectivity through mobile devices might be unwarranted. 

Children’s increasing access to smartphones at ever younger ages is generating speculation about what this constant connectivity means for a new generation. However, concerns about its implications prompted […]