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    In the furore over adults’ data being exploited by social media companies, who looks out for the kids? New survey shows parents want more protection for their teens

In the furore over adults’ data being exploited by social media companies, who looks out for the kids? New survey shows parents want more protection for their teens

The forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force next month, and proposes that companies should gain parental consent before processing the personal data of children under a certain age. But what do parents think that age should be? In this blogpost, LSE’s Sonia Livingstone and Kjartan Ólafsson of the University of Akureyri present the findings from a new UK study of parents […]

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    Future Thinking: Wired Editor in Chief Nicholas Thompson on the Role of Media

Future Thinking: Wired Editor in Chief Nicholas Thompson on the Role of Media

Every year, the Internet Society (ISOC) publishes a report on trends and challenges impacting the future of the Internet. To feed into this effort, ISOC has been conducting a number of interviews with experts in the field to determine what trends are impacting the evolution of the Internet. In this interview, Nicholas Thompson, Editor in Chief of Wired, provides his […]

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    Why today’s Facebook hearings won’t – and shouldn’t – change much (yet)

Why today’s Facebook hearings won’t – and shouldn’t – change much (yet)

In this blogpost, the Director of the Media Policy Project and the Director of the LSE Truth, Trust and Technology Commission, Professor Charlie Beckett, reflects on the implications of Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg in front of two US Congressional committees.

If committees were a good way to change the world then they’d have more power. They don’t. So don’t be surprised if the […]

LSE experts on T3: Rodolfo Leyva

As part of a series of interviews with LSE Faculty on themes related to the Truth, Trust and Technology Commission (T3), Dr Rodolfo Leyva  talks to LSE MSc student Jack Marks about politics online, ‘slacktivism’ and to what extent social media contributes to materialism.
JM: You’ve written a lot about the concept of Slacktivism. Could you explain what Slacktivism is and what its implications are?

RL: Sure. […]

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    Will veiled threats from the EU tackle the disinformation problem or can the UK get tough alone?

Will veiled threats from the EU tackle the disinformation problem or can the UK get tough alone?

The EC high level group on ‘fake news’ has done what it was asked to do: it has set out a problem definition and mapped out some policy principles and broad recommendations.

This article is by LSE Truth, Trust and Technology commissioner Dr Damian Tambini (LSE). It also appeared on the LSE Polis blog

The Report

There are no particular surprises. The key points of the report are:

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Fact-checking in Latin America: features and challenges

This article is by LSE MSc student Ariel Riera. Ariel is a Chevening Scholar 2017-18 and worked as a journalist at Chequeado from 2012 to 2017

In 2003 Brooks Jackson launched FactCheck.org, giving the name to a fact-checking style of reporting. This genre of journalism, understood briefly as testing factual claims in order to make public discourse accountable and more accurate, has been growing continuously. According to […]

Journalism and artificial intelligence: some notes

In preparation for his participation in a panel discussion hosted by Demos about the future of artificial intelligence, The Director of the Media Policy Project and the Director of the LSE Truth, Trust and Technology Commission, Professor Charlie Beckett, prepared the following notes. You can follow read more about the discussion by searching #futureofai on Twitter.

I think that AI […]

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    The digital environment is fundamental to today’s sex education: nearly two decades-old sex and relationship education will be updated, finally!

The digital environment is fundamental to today’s sex education: nearly two decades-old sex and relationship education will be updated, finally!

The Department for Education’s consultation on changes to teaching on sex and relationship education and Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) has recently closed. LSE’s Professor Sonia Livingstone and MSc Media Communications Governance student DaYoung Yoo give their view on what the Department should do as it considers how to improve PSHE, arguing that the digital must be a […]

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    Is Big Tech facing its version of the 2008 financial crisis?

Is Big Tech facing its version of the 2008 financial crisis?

Ten years after the global banking collapse, is 2018 the year when Big Technology faces its own existential crisis? LSE’s Charlie Beckett, who is leading the LSE’s Truth, Trust and Technology Commission, asks whether the digital giants are making the same mistakes as the bankers a decade ago.

Ten years ago, not all financial institutions were the same or equally culpable, though the causes and […]

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    A quiet revolution: the Digital Charter is an opportunity to strike a new deal with online platforms

A quiet revolution: the Digital Charter is an opportunity to strike a new deal with online platforms

It is a busy time for anyone interested in media policy developments here in the UK. In this post, Mark Bunting, a member of Communications Chambers and a visiting associate of the Oxford Internet Institute, gives his take on the Digital Charter that was announced recently by the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), arguing that we need a new […]