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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 […]

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    In the era of ‘fake news’, Americans would like to change the media model

In the era of ‘fake news’, Americans would like to change the media model

This article by Marc Fleurbaey, Professor in Economics and Humanistic Studies, Princeton University was originally published on The Conversation and Inforrm and is reposted here with thanks.

In a November 2016 article, Nick Couldry and Clemencia Rodriguez (from the International Panel on Social Progress) stated that “media infrastructure is a common good whose governance and design should be much more open to democratic engagement than currently.” Does the population […]

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    The new federalism: blockchain will decentralise big tech’s power on the internet

The new federalism: blockchain will decentralise big tech’s power on the internet

Even though tech giants are businesses, they’re virtual states akin to absolute monarchies, with millions of users as subjects, writes Federico Ast. This blog first appeared on the LSE Business Review and is reposted here with thanks.

For most of history, the only form of government that humanity had known was despotism. Pharaohs, tsars, emperors and kings enjoyed a centralised […]

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    House of Lords Communications Committee Inquiry “The Internet: to regulate or not to regulate?”. An overview of the evidence, Part 1

House of Lords Communications Committee Inquiry “The Internet: to regulate or not to regulate?”. An overview of the evidence, Part 1

Oscar Davies is a media lawyer who will start pupillage at One Brick Court in October 2019. In this blog, he provides a summary of some of the evidence that has been submitted to the House of Lords Communications Committee as part of its inquiry into online regulation. This post was first published on Inforrm, and is reproduced here […]

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    If digital intermediaries are to be regulated, how should it be done?

If digital intermediaries are to be regulated, how should it be done?

Jacob Rowbottom is a Fellow of University College, Oxford and is the author of Media Law (2018). Following the recent call by The Times for a new statutory online regulator, he outlines the case for a possible system of meta-regulation and explains how this might work in the case of digital intermediaries.

The regulation of digital intermediaries has been an […]

Digital Dominance: an event report

Digital Dominance was described by its co-editor Damian Tambini as a ‘problem-definition’ book rather than a ‘solutions’ book, taking an interdisciplinary approach to questions such as the implications of the effect of tech giants’ market and social power on media pluralism, freedom of expression and electoral legitimacy.

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    How Digital Threats to Democracy were Tackled During Ireland’s Abortion Referendum

How Digital Threats to Democracy were Tackled During Ireland’s Abortion Referendum

Craig Dwyer is a digital campaigns and communications consultant. He is a co-founder of the Transparent Referendum Initiative (TRI), a civic initiative established to demonstrate the role and impact of online advertising during political campaigns. The work of the Initiative, and others, saw steps taken by Facebook, Google and the Irish Government towards addressing the issue. In this blog, […]

Fake news and critical literacy: new findings, new questions

The Commission on Fake News and the Teaching of Critical Literacy Skills recently published a report on Fake news and critical literacy. LSE PhD researcher Gianfranco Polizzi summarises the key findings of the report and sets out his recommendations in response. 

If on the one hand it is difficult to define fake news – as to whether it implies, for instance, false […]

Regulating the internet: intermediaries to perpetrators

Graham Smith, cyberlaw expert and Partner at Bird & Bird, wrote the following piece for his blog, Cyberleagle. It is reposted here with permission and thanks.  

Nearly twenty five years after the advent of the Web, and longer since the birth of the internet, we still hear demands that the internet should be regulated – for all the world as […]

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    LSE Experts on the Truth, Trust and Technology Commission (T3): Dr Nick Anstead

LSE Experts on the Truth, Trust and Technology Commission (T3): Dr Nick Anstead

As part of a series of interviews with LSE Faculty on themes related to the LSE Truth, Trust and Technology Commission (T3) being run by the Media Policy Project, Dr Nick Anstead, Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Communications, talks to LSE MSc student Claudia Cohen about political communications and data-driven politics. Dr Anstead is leading the online political communications strand of the T3 Commission.

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