EU Media Policy

Brexit and the Future of Data Protection

In the aftermath of last week’s EU referendum, Anya Proops QC explores the implications of Brexit for the implementation of the EU General Data Protection Regulation, due to take effect by 25 May 2018.

So a week on from the Brexit referendum and it is clear that that there is no clear, carefully thought out strategy for extricating ourselves from the […]

Why the UK’s creative industries are better off in the EU

The UK’s creative industries, which include film, music, television, video games and publishing, among other sectors, account for some of the most recognisable products exported by the country around the world. But how does EU membership affect these industries and what would the picture look like following a Brexit? Sally Broughton Micova writes that EU membership provides a number […]

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    Citizen journalism and news blogs: why media councils don’t care (yet)

Citizen journalism and news blogs: why media councils don’t care (yet)

How should systems that were originally set up to deal with complaints from members of the public about traditional media respond to the rise in bloggers and citizen journalists? Adeline Hulin, Project Consultant for UNESCO, reflects on the situation across Europe, and argues that existing self-regulatory media councils need to do more to incorporate new forms of journalism.

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    The proposed new Audiovisual Media Services Directive: Key Features

The proposed new Audiovisual Media Services Directive: Key Features

In this longer read, Lorna Woods, Professor of Media Law at the University of Essex, explains the main changes and key features of the European Commission’s proposal for a new Audiovisual Media Service Directive.

After a draft was leaked last week, the Commission’s proposal to revise the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD) is now out. Once again we see the Commission […]

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    How Brexit might affect EU audio-visual media services policy-making

How Brexit might affect EU audio-visual media services policy-making

In this post, Alison Harcourt, Professor at the University of Exeter and Senior Fellow on the ESRC programme UK in a Changing Europe, reviews the current context and future of audio-visual media services legislation in the EU, and examines the impact that Brexit might have on UK stakeholders in this sector.

In light of the replies to the public consultation on […]

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    TTIP leaks: telecoms proposals threaten net neutrality & citizens’ rights

TTIP leaks: telecoms proposals threaten net neutrality & citizens’ rights

Policy analyst and LSE visiting fellow Monica Horten of Iptegrity.com reflects on the proposed joint EU-US rules for the telecommunications industry, according to a leak earlier this week by Greenpeace of documents related to the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

Proposed joint EU-US rules for the telecommunications industry pose a threat to net neutrality and to citizens’ rights in general. Drafts leaked earlier […]

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    Algorithmic Transparency and Platform Loyalty or Fairness in the French Digital Republic Bill

Algorithmic Transparency and Platform Loyalty or Fairness in the French Digital Republic Bill

Mélanie Dulong de Rosnay, Researcher at the Institute of Communication Sciences, French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and Paris Sorbonne, and Visiting Fellow at the LSE, examines the Digital Republic Bill, a new French Bill on digital rights and the impact it might have on citizens and their data.

On 26 January 2016, the French National Assembly voted […]

EU Commission Disrupts Google

Martin Moore, author of Tech Giants and Civic Power and director of the Centre for Media, Communication and Power at King’s College London, reflects on this week’s announcement by the European Commission that – in its preliminary view – Google abused its dominant position by imposing restrictions on Android device manufacturers in breach of EU antitrust rules. 

Is the EU Commission’s new antitrust […]

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    At last – recognition of the importance of the digital environment for children’s rights

At last – recognition of the importance of the digital environment for children’s rights

Following the adoption of the Strategy for the Rights of the Child by the Council of Europe, LSE’s Sonia Livingstone outlines the impact that the Strategy will have on children’s online rights and argues that there is a need for considerable public debate to address the challenges of policy coordination for the 47 member states involved.

What rights do children have online? […]

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    Data protection through the lens of competition law: will Germany lead the way?

Data protection through the lens of competition law: will Germany lead the way?

On 2 March 2016, the Bundeskartellamt, the German competition authority, announced its decision to initiate proceedings against Facebook on suspicion that the social network provider had abused its dominant position by infringing data protection rules. Inge Graef and Brendan Van Alsenoy, Legal Researchers at the KU Leuven Centre for IT and IP Law, argue that the case represents the […]