Digital Inclusion

Full Fibre Future: Broadband Stakeholders and Communities Investing where Government Plans Lacking

A voice from one of the UK’s commercial stakeholders, Matt Powell, editor for the consumer broadband comparison site Broadband Genie, argues that government plans for broadband investment are not future-proof enough and points to local initiatives and small firms as useful alternatives. Throughout the world, telecommunications is undergoing a major period of change as we transition from outdated telephone wires […]

Ofcom’s plans to promote ‘participation’, but whose and in what?

The consultation on Ofcom’s Draft Annual Plan 2013/14 ended on Friday 22 February. LSE’s Sonia Livingstone and Peter Lunt of the University of Leicester point out that despite a stated focus on “participation” and the “citizen interest” the plan needs much more clarity and specifics on these two priorities.

Ofcom’s draft Annual Plan 2013/14 contains a welcome emphasis on […]

Calling all Nader raiders: The future of digital consumer advocacy

Amidst significant progress made by consumer advocacy groups in promoting citizen interest, Consumer Focus’ Saskia Walzel presents several opportunities for deeper stakeholder involvement in media policymaking.

The so called “consumer landscape” is changing fast; Consumer Direct is now the Citizens Advice consumer service, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is to be merged with the Competition Commission, and Trading Standards […]

Broadband in the public interest

If the UK’s government-led superfast fibre networks are rolled out on schedule, the country should have the fastest broadband connection in Europe by 2015. But what does this mean for the regular consumer? LSE’s Maria Paula Brito argues that even with the right technology in place, mass adoption is not going to be instant.

A recent study by the Broadband […]

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Committee on Convergence Kicks Off with Big Policy Questions

Will media convergence require a much more far reaching shakeup of media regulation than the government’s Communications Review is countenancing? The House of Lords Select Committee on Communications has begun its investigation into the public policy implications of media convergence.  Coincidentally I was giving evidence the same day that my pamphlet ‘The End of Press Freedom’ was published by […]

Myth and Reality of the Media in China

In China there there are vast amounts of people online, the Government has control but social media is changing politics. That’s the consensus view but in this article, LSE’s Bingchun Meng tackles what she sees as some of the misunderstandings about the state of China Media.

Recently the Open Society Foundation published an extensive report on the state of digital media […]

Broadband: To be the Best, Think Rural

Julia Kukiewicz of Choose.net points out that a focus on broadband speeds might make for a decent speech but it doesn’t add up to a credible Government technology policy, and argues that the question of “rural” broadband is actually a quality of service issue with mass appeal.

Jeremy Hunt has a need for speed and he’s speeding away from one […]

All that’s digital isn’t gold

Lucy Hopkins, Head of Sustainability and Consumer Futures at Consumer Focus, talks about new research into the challenges and risks of the digital age.

Imagine a world where a company can refuse you a loan because your friends on Facebook have a bad credit rating. When you get worse deals than others when buying online because a company has tracked […]

Digital Switchover Guru Reflects on London’s Big Day

Michael Starks, of the Oxford Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy, played a key role in the digital switchover project for the BBC and then for the UK government. He went on to write a leading book and found an academic journal on the topic. As London enters the post analogue age, he reflects on the process in this […]

Social Digital Series: Digital by Default – Excluded by Default?

It’s time for a rethink. Policies and initiatives that take digital by default as a starting point ignore the complexity of the field they manoeuvre in. Worse, they lead to a real danger that a large part of the population will become digitally excluded by default. That should not be acceptable in a country that wants to be Europe’s information society frontrunner, […]