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    What if we all governed the Internet? Or what if we didn’t?

What if we all governed the Internet? Or what if we didn’t?

We owe the Internet to its history of multistakeholder participation, which has also enabled the decisions that have shaped the evolution and use of this crucial resource. But how relevant is this governance ‘model’ to the Internet today? On 28 October, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) launched a report aimed at better understanding this question. […]

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    Risks to children online are increasingly problematic. Is the new internet Safety Strategy the solution?

Risks to children online are increasingly problematic. Is the new internet Safety Strategy the solution?

Earlier this month, UK Culture Secretary Karen Bradley outlined proposals intended to make Britain ‘the safest place in the world to be online,’ addressing ‘dangers like cyber-bullying, trolling and under-age access to porn.’ LSE Professor Sonia Livingstone, who was commissioned by DCMS in February to provide up to date evidence of how young people are using the internet and the […]

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 […]

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    Why regulators like Ofcom are dropping the ball on ‘Fake News’, dark advertising and extremism

Why regulators like Ofcom are dropping the ball on ‘Fake News’, dark advertising and extremism

An ongoing Commons Select Committee inquiry into ‘fake news’ is expected to look in detail at the role that intermediaries of information such as Facebook and Google play.  Their significance in the online landscape is not in question: it is likely that the two companies will account for more than half of all UK digital ad revenues by the […]

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    Into the Darkness: How illegal surveillance is undermining open government reforms in Latin America

Into the Darkness: How illegal surveillance is undermining open government reforms in Latin America

In Latin America, the increasing scale of illegal surveillance – enabled by governments’ purchases of surveillance and hacking software – is raising urgent questions about its impact on civil rights. In this post, Fabrizio Scrollini – LSE graduate and chair of Datysoc (a project exploring surveillance, privacy and cybersecurity in the digital age) – illustrates which points need to […]

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    Public service media funding in Ireland faces continuing challenges

Public service media funding in Ireland faces continuing challenges

Ireland’s main public service broadcaster RTÉ is facing serious challenges to its funding, and the sustainability of funding for public service media in the country is in question. In this post Phil Ramsey, School of Communication and Media at Ulster University, illustrates how the Irish Government might have missed opportunities to rectify the issues by avoiding introducing a replacement […]

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    What’s the point of “digital education”? Education, citizenship and sustainable digital lives

What’s the point of “digital education”? Education, citizenship and sustainable digital lives

Digitalization is transforming the possibilities of education, from initiatives to deliver basic education in the global south to programmes at the world’s leading teaching universities. Following the third meeting in LSE’s Digital Life series in June, Visiting Fellows Jonny Shipp and Dr Ioanna Noula discuss how education is responding to digitalization. They argue that relevant skills and a familiarity […]

The Intimate (Self-)Regulation of Big Tech

Turkey regularly blocks non-heterosexual websites, the Apple store prohibits overtly sexual material and Facebook has a problem with female nipples. The regulation of sexual content – or content that is deemed to be of sexual nature – is a regular feature of internet governance and self-regulation of platforms and apps. In this post Lukasz Szulc, LSE Marie Curie Individual […]

The state of Hungarian media: Endgame

Hungary has been experiencing significant constitutional and institutional changes in the last seven years as Viktor Orban and his ruling party Fidesz cemented their political power by capturing the constitutional court and other key institutions. In parallel to the political capture of democratic institutions, media ownership became more and more concentrated in the hands of Orban and his close […]

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    The Press Problem: How to Avoid Hate When Discussing Muslim Affairs

The Press Problem: How to Avoid Hate When Discussing Muslim Affairs

The UK press regulator IPSO has received hundreds of complaints concerning a column in the British newspaper ‘The Sun’ in which the phrase “the Muslim Problem” – by many perceived as a reference to the Nazi terminology “the Jewish Problem” – was used. In this post Aidan White, the Director of the Ethical Journalism Network (EJN), illustrates this controversy […]