Algorithmic Accountability

LSE Experts on T3: Jean-Christophe Plantin

In the first of a series of interviews with LSE Faculty on themes related to the Truth, Trust and Technology Commission (T3), Dr Jean-Christophe Plantin talks to LSE MSc student Ruchi Hajela on Big Data, misinformation and transparency.

RM: Do you think the government and regulators have a grip on what to do with Big Data? And do you think GDPR […]

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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 […]

2018 will be the year in which liberal democracies begin to confront misinformation

2018 will be the year in which liberal democracies are forced to confront misinformation, predicts Damian Tambini. Emmanuel Macron has already proposed a crackdown on fake news during election campaigns. This will blow open the fundamental tensions between freedom of speech and the accountability of Facebook and Google. It means regulation, and the rethinking of a system that evolved to accommodate print […]

Will online platforms be able to access your bank data?

In this digital age, a substantial number of our personal financial transactions are conducted via the internet. Facebook is one example of a major platform that is exploring ways to integrate financial services into its portfolio, but what does this mean for data security and consumer rights? In this blog post, Jamie Thunder – senior policy adviser for the […]

The regulatory future of algorithms

Although they are often used to automate or streamline processes, algorithms are far from being the objective tool that many make them out to be. In this post, Jędrzej Niklas from the LSE looks at the negative effects of algorithms and how policy attempts (or will attempt) to mitigate those effects.

Automated decisions systems are becoming more and more common. […]

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    Tech firms want to detect your emotions and expressions, but people don’t like it

Tech firms want to detect your emotions and expressions, but people don’t like it

News emerged in June 2017 that Facebook was seeking three patents focussed on harnessing users’ emotions, using both cameras on devices and users’ messaging patterns. Facebook has been clear that seeking patents doesn’t mean it is planning to introduce this technology imminently, but it is an indication of what might be possible. Andrew McStay, Reader in Advertising and Digital […]

The hidden human labour behind search engine algorithms

Everybody knows that search engines use algorithms, but few know how these work and who builds them. Paško Bilić, Research Associate at the Institute for Development and International Relations in Zagreb, Croatia, writes here about the layers of human labour behind Google’s algorithms and their implications for search neutrality. His post is based on a paper published in Big […]

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    Unpacking the black box of digitalization: will “sustainability thinking” empower citizens in a data-driven world?

Unpacking the black box of digitalization: will “sustainability thinking” empower citizens in a data-driven world?

Data and the algorithms that organise it are core to many services in the digitalised world. Jonny Shipp, Director of Public Affairs at Telefónica SA and a Visiting Fellow at LSE and Dr Ioanna Noula, researcher at the UCL Institute of Education and a Visiting Fellow at LSE, write here about the ethics of data science and how to […]

Your next social network could pay you for posting

Social networking is one of the most popular online activities, used by 73% of online adults in the UK, according to Ofcom, and there have been concerns raised about the kind of power that this puts in the hands of tech companies like Facebook. Jelena Dzakula, a researcher here at the Media Policy Project and a lecturer at the […]

Facebook is a new breed of editor: a social editor

Facebook’s approach to allowing, censoring or prioritising content that appears in the news feed has recently been the focus of much attention, both media and governmental. Professor Natali Helberger of the Institute for Information Law at the University of Amsterdam argues that we need to seek to understand the new kind of editorial role that Facebook is playing, in […]