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    The evolving conversation around fake news and potential solutions

The evolving conversation around fake news and potential solutions

Fake news, its causes and what to do about are some of the key issues that we plan to address as part of the LSE Commission on Truth, Trust and Technology that we will launch later this year. The Commission will examine the wider crisis in the quality and credibility of information in the digital age. Fake news isn’t new, […]

The Great Data Protection Rebranding Exercise

During the recent announcement of a new Data Protection Bill by the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS),  the Minister for Digital – Matt Hancock – stated that the bill would “give us one of the most robust, yet dynamic, sets of data laws in the world.” In this post, Orla Lynskey, Assistant Professor of Law […]

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    If children don’t know an ad from information, how can they grasp how companies use their personal data?

If children don’t know an ad from information, how can they grasp how companies use their personal data?

All EU member states have until May 2018 to incorporate the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) into British law. Article 8 states that, unless member states decide otherwise, children under the age of 16 years old will require parental permission to use “information society services”, which refers to most online resources. Most provisions of the GDPR are to improve […]

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    Why the end of net neutrality is not the end of the open internet

Why the end of net neutrality is not the end of the open internet

The public consultation period on the US Federal Communications Commission’s proposal to repeal net neutrality, the principle that all traffic on the Internet should be treated the same, ends today, July 17. With 8.5 million comments, this has been by far the most widely debated policy issue in FCC’s history. The rules under consideration for repeal were adopted only […]

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    Will Karen Bradley Refer SKY-FOX to the Competition and Markets Authority?

Will Karen Bradley Refer SKY-FOX to the Competition and Markets Authority?

Anyone with evidence about whether the proposed Sky-Fox merger will operate against the public interest had until Friday 14 July to submit it to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. If nothing changes, argues Damian Tambini, Bradley will be tempted to take advantage of parliamentary recess and approve the deal.

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    Tech firms want to detect your emotions and expressions, but people don’t like it

Tech firms want to detect your emotions and expressions, but people don’t like it

News emerged in June 2017 that Facebook was seeking three patents focussed on harnessing users’ emotions, using both cameras on devices and users’ messaging patterns. Facebook has been clear that seeking patents doesn’t mean it is planning to introduce this technology imminently, but it is an indication of what might be possible. Andrew McStay, Reader in Advertising and Digital […]

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    Decision to refer Sky bid to regulator a blow to Murdochs – but will it be short-lived?

Decision to refer Sky bid to regulator a blow to Murdochs – but will it be short-lived?

The planned full acquisition of the pan-European broadcaster Sky by the multinational media conglomerate 21st Century Fox has caused many concerns about news plurality, media concentration, and the vertical integration of internet service provision and content creation. In this post, Des Freedman (professor at Goldsmiths, University of London) comments on the statement by Culture Secretary Karen Bradley that she […]

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    Digital media challenge children’s rights around the world: The case for a General Comment on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Digital media challenge children’s rights around the world: The case for a General Comment on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Around the globe, in the global North as well as the global South, digital media are there to stay with significant implications for child rights and children’s wellbeing online. Following the launch of their report to the Children’s Commissioner for England, in this post Amanda Third, Sonia Livingstone and Gerison Lansdown are advocating for a General Comment on children’s […]

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    The problem with journalists employed by the state to report politics

The problem with journalists employed by the state to report politics

Local journalism in the UK is in a steep decline. According to Press Gazette, at least half the UK local newspaper journalism jobs are believed to have gone over the last decade, and there has been a net loss of around 200 local newspaper titles since 2005 (around 1,000 are left). Dave Porter, Lecturer in Journalism, Manchester Metropolitan University, […]

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    On fake news, alternative facts and the era of Minority Report

On fake news, alternative facts and the era of Minority Report

Since November’s US presidential election, the issue of fake news has been debated probably more than ever before: where it’s coming from, how it spreads and whether or how attempts to stop it should proceed. Joanna Kulesza, professor of international law and Internet governance at the University of Lodz, Poland, argues that we need careful consideration of the laws […]