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Could ‘hide by default’ be a solution to online privacy concerns for children?

The Information Commissioner’s Office’s consultation on an age appropriate design code for information society services, (a requirement of the Data Protection Act 2018 which supports and supplements the implementation of the GDPR) is open for submissions until September 19. The code will provide guidance on the design standards that the Information Commissioner will expect providers of online services, which process personal data and are […]

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    Conceptualising privacy online: what do, and what should, children understand?

Conceptualising privacy online: what do, and what should, children understand?

Post-Cambridge-Analytica, and post-GDPR, children are becoming increasingly aware of how their data is being used online but there are still limits to their digital literacy. In this post, Sonia Livingstone, Mariya Stoilova and Rishita Nandagiri discuss how they are conceptualising issues of privacy and personal data in their latest ICO-funded research into children’s understanding of privacy and data use […]

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    The News Hero: A Game for Teaching Media Literacy and Fighting Disinformation

The News Hero: A Game for Teaching Media Literacy and Fighting Disinformation

The NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence (NATO StratCom COE) is a NATO accredited multi-national organisation that conducts research, publishes studies, and provides strategic communications training for government and military personnel. The Centre has recently launched The News Hero, a Facebook game designed to teach users how to spot false or unreliable information online. Bryan Metzger, Assistant Project Manager […]

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    The essential elements of the new Internet governance: diversity, optimism and independence

The essential elements of the new Internet governance: diversity, optimism and independence

In May 2018, UK Government set out its plan to publish a Code of Conduct and develop proposals to legislate on Internet safety. In July 2018 the Internet Commission’s Dialogue on Digital Responsibility convened leading thinkers and civil society advocates to debate related proposals from others about transparency reporting, an accountability framework and the idea of a duty of […]

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    House of Lords Communications Committee Inquiry “The Internet: to regulate or not to regulate?”

House of Lords Communications Committee Inquiry “The Internet: to regulate or not to regulate?”

Oscar Davies is a media lawyer who will start pupillage at One Brick Court in October 2019. In this blog, he provides the second part of his overview of the evidence submitted for the House of Lords Communications Inquiry “The Internet: to regulate or not to regulate?” (Part 1 can be found here). Responses to questions 4 to 6 of the Call […]

Removal of online hate speech in numbers

Six months after a new German law – the Network Enforcement Act – has come into full effect, social media platforms are tasked to report on illegal hate speech. But as these figures have been made available, what can we learn from them? Researcher Kirsten Gollatz, Fellow Martin J. Riedl and Jens Pohlmann from the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) have a closer look […]

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    When machines become sentient, we will have to consider them an intelligent life form

When machines become sentient, we will have to consider them an intelligent life form

As we approach the brave new world of human-level machine intelligence, we may need to reassess what it means to be human, writes Andrew Murray, Professor of Law at LSE. 

For most of us, our understanding of robots and artificial intelligence (AI) is drawn more from science fiction than from fact. Intelligent robots are often portrayed as either a virulent […]

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    The European Parliament’s Hearing on Cambridge Analytica and Facebook #2: Rumble in the (Regulatory) Jungle

The European Parliament’s Hearing on Cambridge Analytica and Facebook #2: Rumble in the (Regulatory) Jungle

In the second of three blogs for the Media Policy Project, Brussels-based policy analyst Pascal Crowe reports from the European Parliament on the first of three scheduled hearings about the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica case. 

The European Parliament’s second of three scheduled hearings about the Facebook/ Cambridge Analytica case got off to an inauspicious start. The draft agenda had promised political heavyweights such as Margrethe […]

DCMS “Fake News” Report – time for a new approach?

Dr Damian Tambini welcomes the Select Committee on Digital, Culture Media and Sport’s interim report on “fake news”, but argues that the issues it has uncovered cannot be effectively dealt with by a Parliamentary Committee.

Unfortunately the Fake News report was leaked by Dominic Cummings in a cynical attempt to personalise, delegitimise, and thus derail an important policy discussion. What […]

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    Reforming Canada’s Access to Information Act for better open government

Reforming Canada’s Access to Information Act for better open government

Sabrina Wilkinson, PhD researcher at Goldsmiths, University of London, researches the politics of internet regulation in Canada. In this blog, she outlines the key arguments for a reform to Canada’s Access to Information Act and highlights where Canada lags in comparison to its international counterparts.  

This August, the Government of Canada will kick off its fourth plan on open government. The introduction of this strategy will […]