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    The European Parliament’s Hearing on Cambridge Analytica and Facebook #1: ‘and in the blue corner…’

The European Parliament’s Hearing on Cambridge Analytica and Facebook #1: ‘and in the blue corner…’

In the first 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. 

2018 has been an annus horribilis for tech in general, and Facebook in particular. The scandal surrounding Cambridge Analytica, Facebook and the UK referendum about whether or not to […]

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    Using artificial intelligence in news intelligently: towards responsible algorithmic journalism

Using artificial intelligence in news intelligently: towards responsible algorithmic journalism

News organisations all across Europe are facing the same challenge: how to make use of artificial intelligence in a way that saves costs and increases users’ experience, without compromising on quality or the provision of diverse and relevant news. In order to share knowledge about the optimal use of data and algorithmic news recommendations, B. Bodó (University of Amsterdam), N. Helberger (University of […]

I do want media literacy… and more. A response to danah boyd

The technology scholar danah boyd recently gave a keynote speech at the 2018 SXSW Edu about media literacy. Her primary argument was that (in her words): “if we’re not careful, media literacy and critical thinking will be deployed as an assertion of authority over epistemology”. Many scholars have taken issue with her speech and boyd has written this response to them. Visiting […]

Canada’s wireless sector has a competition problem

Sabrina Wilkinson, PhD researcher at Goldsmiths, University of London, researches the politics of internet regulation in Canada. In this blog post, she outlines the state of telecommunications services in Canada, with particular reference to a decision by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) that allowed a major provider to block access to a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) start-up from roaming on […]

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    Collateral Damage: How algorithms to counter “fake news” threaten citizen media in Bulgaria

Collateral Damage: How algorithms to counter “fake news” threaten citizen media in Bulgaria

Julia Rone, Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Advanced Internet Studies (CAIS) in Bochum, Germany, here reflects on some of the implications of Facebook’s recent changes to its News Feed algorithm as they relate to Bulgaria.

In January 2018 Facebook announced changes in its News Feed algorithm designed to curb the spread of “fake news” by prioritizing personal content at […]

Why Tech Markets Are Winner-Take-All

Once a company dominates a technology market, it is almost impossible to displace, writes Patrick Barwise, Emeritus Professor of Management and Marketing at London Business School, and contributor (with Leo Watkins) to Digital Dominance: the Power of Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple, recently launched at LSE. Their chapter can be accessed here. 

‘Competition is for losers. If you want to […]

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    Are the media and communications industries institutionally racist?

Are the media and communications industries institutionally racist?

The Windrush scandal raises some difficult questions about institutional racism and the media, says Dr Lee Edwards, Associate Professor in LSE’s Department of Media and Communications who teaches and researches public relations from a socio-cultural perspective.

 

The Windrush scandal in the UK has revealed how people who arrived in Britain as citizens of its Empire in the post-War years have had […]

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    What will the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) mean for children’s privacy and rights?

What will the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) mean for children’s privacy and rights?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which has attracted widespread attention and comment in recent weeks, comes into force on 25 May 2018. Sonia Livingstone, Professor of Social Psychology in LSE’s Department of Media and Communications, reflects on some of the challenges of the new rules as they relate to children, arguing that had children been consulted and their […]

A more transparent and accountable Internet? Here’s how.

This week the UK Culture Secretary announced that the UK Government will legislate on internet safety. This could include a statutory code of conduct to tackle bullying and harassment on social media and mandatory transparency reporting. LSE Visiting Fellow Jonny Shipp is leading the development of an “Internet Commission”, an independent initiative for a more transparent and accountable internet. […]

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    Is 2018 when the relationship between publishers and platforms changes forever?

Is 2018 when the relationship between publishers and platforms changes forever?

This is the longer version of an article that first appeared in InPublishing Magazine, by Professor Charlie Beckett of the Media and Communications Department at LSE. Charlie is the director of the LSE Truth, Trust and Technology Commission that reports on the information crisis this autumn.

Is 2018 the year when the publisher/platform relationship is turned on its head? Is this the moment when policy-makers […]