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    Why talking about ‘disinformation’ misses the point when considering radical right ‘alternative’ media

Why talking about ‘disinformation’ misses the point when considering radical right ‘alternative’ media

Policymakers around the world are considering how to tackle the spread of misinformation and the problems it causes, particularly at election times. Looking at the European Commission’s plan to fight disinformation in advance of European Parliament elections in May, Julia Rone argues that its focus on disinformation is too narrow. Her research on radical right media has been conducted within the framework of […]

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    Government must help audiences find public service TV – however they are watching it

Government must help audiences find public service TV – however they are watching it

An Ofcom consultation earlier this year asked for views on how to appropriately maintain the prominence of public service content in an online environment, and the communications regulator is expected to make recommendations in the new year. Clare Sumner, BBC Director, Policy, explains here why the BBC and other public service broadcasters have called upon the Government to update […]

11 key readings on children’s data and privacy online

The almost daily news stories on data privacy and data breaches – including those affecting children – raise urgent questions as everyday activities and actions generate data that are recorded, tracked,  collated, analysed and monetised by a range of actors. Rishita Nandagiri, Sonia Livingstone and Mariya Stoilova discuss their systematic evidence mapping of studies of how children themselves understand […]

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    A broader understanding of digital skills is needed for a more equal future

A broader understanding of digital skills is needed for a more equal future

As the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) publishes the 10th edition of its flagship Measuring the Information Society Report, one of the report’s contributing authors, LSE’s Dr Ellen Helsper, explains how the understanding of ICT skills should change to better reflect the inequalities in the outcomes that people actually achieve from the use of ICTs.

The issue of socio-economic inequalities, both nationally and internationally, is high […]

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    Misinformation and critical digital literacy: To trust or not to trust?

Misinformation and critical digital literacy: To trust or not to trust?

As governments, institutions, civil society and industry seek to tackle the challenges posed by misinformation, improving the public’s media literacy and/or digital literacy is often cited as a potential solution. Gianfranco Polizzi, a PhD researcher here at the LSE, discusses how critical digital literacy relates to trust, and how policy conversations should be redirected.

I recently attended MisinfoCon in London, organised […]

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    European regulation of video-sharing platforms: what’s new, and will it work?

European regulation of video-sharing platforms: what’s new, and will it work?

The European Parliament recently adopted the revised text of the the Audiovisual Media Services Directive, which governs EU-wide coordination of national legislation on all audiovisual media. Lubos Kuklis, chief executive of the Slovak media authority (CBR) and chair of the European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Services (ERGA), discusses what is new about the AVMSD revision, and what it means for the future […]

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    Protection of children online: does current regulation deliver?

Protection of children online: does current regulation deliver?

More children are going online, more frequently, via more devices and services, at ever-younger ages. The internet and accompanying technological developments offer huge opportunities for children, but they also pose risks to minors’ safety, wellbeing and rights. Despite new and revised legislation, a policy brief published today argues that the current European legislative framework is insufficient. Two of the […]

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    EU telecom reform paves way for policies tailored for community networks

EU telecom reform paves way for policies tailored for community networks

Over the past two years, netCommons has partnered with Community Networks (CNs) across Europe and other civil society organizations to work on the ongoing reform of EU telecom rules. The legislative process is now almost over, and these efforts have paid off, CNRS researcher Félix Tréguer explains here. He argues here that EU telecom policy-makers can no longer ignore the […]

November 27th, 2018|Featured|0 Comments|

Truth, Trust and Technology – so what’s the problem?

As policy makers in the UK and elsewhere consider how to tackle the spread of misinformation and the problems it causes, the LSE Truth, Trust and Technology Commission published its report earlier this week, ‘Tackling the Information Crisis: A Policy Framework for Media System Resilience.’ Professor Sonia Livingstone, Chair of the Commission, explains here some of the problems the report seeks […]

Tackling the Information Crisis: A new report from LSE

By Professor Charlie Beckett

What kind of information society do you want? How should we reduce the amount of misinformation? How can we protect democracy from digital damage? How can we help people make the most of the extraordinary opportunities of the Internet while avoiding the harm it can cause?

For a year the LSE Truth, Trust and Technology Commission (T3) has been […]