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  • Permalink Moss Hill Elementary second grader Jaylin Solomon, 7, reacts to the photograph he took of himself on Wednesday after studets were presented with their iPads. As an exercise in using the devices, students took photos of themselves and their classmates. Photo by Zach Frailey / The Free PressGallery

    In the furore over adults’ data being exploited by social media companies, who looks out for the kids? New survey shows parents want more protection for their teens

In the furore over adults’ data being exploited by social media companies, who looks out for the kids? New survey shows parents want more protection for their teens

The forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force next month, and proposes that companies should gain parental consent before processing the personal data of children under a certain age. But what do parents think that age should be? In this blogpost, LSE’s Sonia Livingstone and Kjartan Ólafsson of the University of Akureyri present the findings from a new UK study of parents […]

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    Future Thinking: Wired Editor in Chief Nicholas Thompson on the Role of Media

Future Thinking: Wired Editor in Chief Nicholas Thompson on the Role of Media

Every year, the Internet Society (ISOC) publishes a report on trends and challenges impacting the future of the Internet. To feed into this effort, ISOC has been conducting a number of interviews with experts in the field to determine what trends are impacting the evolution of the Internet. In this interview, Nicholas Thompson, Editor in Chief of Wired, provides his […]

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    Why today’s Facebook hearings won’t – and shouldn’t – change much (yet)

Why today’s Facebook hearings won’t – and shouldn’t – change much (yet)

In this blogpost, the Director of the Media Policy Project and the Director of the LSE Truth, Trust and Technology Commission, Professor Charlie Beckett, reflects on the implications of Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg in front of two US Congressional committees.

If committees were a good way to change the world then they’d have more power. They don’t. So don’t be surprised if the […]

Journalism and artificial intelligence: some notes

In preparation for his participation in a panel discussion hosted by Demos about the future of artificial intelligence, The Director of the Media Policy Project and the Director of the LSE Truth, Trust and Technology Commission, Professor Charlie Beckett, prepared the following notes. You can follow read more about the discussion by searching #futureofai on Twitter.

I think that AI […]

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    The digital environment is fundamental to today’s sex education: nearly two decades-old sex and relationship education will be updated, finally!

The digital environment is fundamental to today’s sex education: nearly two decades-old sex and relationship education will be updated, finally!

The Department for Education’s consultation on changes to teaching on sex and relationship education and Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) has recently closed. LSE’s Professor Sonia Livingstone and MSc Media Communications Governance student DaYoung Yoo give their view on what the Department should do as it considers how to improve PSHE, arguing that the digital must be a […]

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    Is Big Tech facing its version of the 2008 financial crisis?

Is Big Tech facing its version of the 2008 financial crisis?

Ten years after the global banking collapse, is 2018 the year when Big Technology faces its own existential crisis? LSE’s Charlie Beckett, who is leading the LSE’s Truth, Trust and Technology Commission, asks whether the digital giants are making the same mistakes as the bankers a decade ago.

Ten years ago, not all financial institutions were the same or equally culpable, though the causes and […]

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    A quiet revolution: the Digital Charter is an opportunity to strike a new deal with online platforms

A quiet revolution: the Digital Charter is an opportunity to strike a new deal with online platforms

It is a busy time for anyone interested in media policy developments here in the UK. In this post, Mark Bunting, a member of Communications Chambers and a visiting associate of the Oxford Internet Institute, gives his take on the Digital Charter that was announced recently by the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), arguing that we need a new […]

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    2018 is a critical year for media policy – make sure you are part of the debate #LSEt3

2018 is a critical year for media policy – make sure you are part of the debate #LSEt3

Charlie Beckett is a Professor in LSE’s Department of Media and Communications and Director of the Truth, Trust and Technology Commission (#LSEt3). Here he provides a brief update on the work so far of the Commission, which is holding its first consultative workshop tomorrow on the topic of journalism credibility. 

Comedy and think-tanks have one thing in common: the secret to […]

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    In the digital home, how do parents support their children and who supports them?

In the digital home, how do parents support their children and who supports them?

6 February 2018 was Safer Internet Day, a day when the international community of industry, NGOs, parenting advocates, educators, researchers, parents and young people celebrate what’s good about the internet. In this repost from the Parenting for a Digital Future project blog, Professor Sonia Livingstone, Professor of Social Psychology at LSE’s Department of Media and Communications, Alicia Blum-Ross, a researcher at Parenting for a […]

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    The Murdoch-Disney Buy-Out: What consequences for British viewers?

The Murdoch-Disney Buy-Out: What consequences for British viewers?

Following confirmation that a substantial part of the 21st Century Fox media business is being sold to Disney, Sylvia Harvey, Visiting Professor in the School of Media and Communication at the University of Leeds, reflects on what this might mean for British viewers.

In December 2017 it was confirmed that Rupert Murdoch is selling a substantial part of his 21st Century Fox […]