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    Jeopardising the effectiveness of journalism in South East Europe: The role of extra-legal policy mechanisms

Jeopardising the effectiveness of journalism in South East Europe: The role of extra-legal policy mechanisms

A range of extra-legal policy mechanisms (policy-relevant actions outside of the scope of law) are used by those in power to prevent journalists from fulfilling their watchdog role in society. In this post, Chiara Sighele from Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso Transeuropa, provides examples from countries of South East Europe (SEE) where extra-legal policy mechanisms are deployed to stifle journalism.

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    Ofcom should review Sky deal also because it’s a broadband supplier

Ofcom should review Sky deal also because it’s a broadband supplier

In December 2016, Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox reached an agreement in principle to buy UK satellite broadcaster Sky. After Fox formally notified the European Commission of its bid on 3 March, Culture, Media and Sport Secretary Karen Bradley has said that she is ‘minded to’ refer the deal to Ofcom on the grounds of media plurality and commitment to […]

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    The start of a ‘distinctly political’ regulation of the BBC

The start of a ‘distinctly political’ regulation of the BBC

The BBC’s new Charter commenced on 1 January 2017 and on 3 April, Ofcom will become the BBC’s first external regulator. Jelena Dzakula, a researcher here at the Media Policy Project and a lecturer at the University of Leicester, looks at decisions have already been made, the road ahead, and potential issues that might affect how the new system […]

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    Here’s why the Murdochs’ bid for control of Sky must be referred to Ofcom

Here’s why the Murdochs’ bid for control of Sky must be referred to Ofcom

After Fox has now formally notified the European Commission about its bid for the broadcaster Sky, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Karen Bradley, has 10 working days to decide whether to refer the bid to Ofcom for review. In this post, Martin Moore, Director of the Centre for the Study of Media, Communication and Power at […]

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    Where are the age restrictions on children’s use of Instagram?

Where are the age restrictions on children’s use of Instagram?

The UK Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Karen Bradley has just announced a new Internet Safety Strategy to crack down on risks to children such as cyber-bullying, sexting and online trolls. One way that tech companies claim to protect children is through setting age limits – usually 13 years old – for the use of their […]

How advertising fuels fake news

In this second post in our blog series on “fake news”, Damian Tambini illustrates the underlying structures of the online advertising industry that make fake news lucrative.

One of the questions in the UK Parliament’s inquiry into “fake news” asks: “Have changes in the selling and placing of advertising encouraged the growth of fake news, for example by making it […]

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 […]

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    Online challenges to children’s privacy, protection and participation: what can we expect from the GDPR?

Online challenges to children’s privacy, protection and participation: what can we expect from the GDPR?

The General Data Protection Regulation, which will apply throughout the EU (including the UK) from 25 May 2018, contains provisions intended to enhance the protection of children’s personal data. LSE Professor Sonia Livingstone has been leading an effort by experts to explore the implications of the regulation and highlight issues that policy makers should address.

In the digital age, how […]

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    Murdoch’s access to British prime minister shows media power still in hands of the few

Murdoch’s access to British prime minister shows media power still in hands of the few

In December 2016, Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox reached an agreement in principle to buy UK satellite broadcaster Sky, a deal which might trigger a public interest test on the grounds of media plurality and a review by Ofcom. Des Freedman, professor at Goldsmiths, and Justin Schlosberg, lecturer at Birkbeck and chair of the Media Reform Coalition, argue that […]