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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 […]

The final days of Labour’s Facebook GE2017 campaign

One of the reasons for Labour’s surprising performance in this year’s general election has been said to be voter turnout – which, at 68.7%, reached its highest level since 1997. An analysis by LSE researchers Damian Tambini, Nick Anstead and João Carlos Magalhães suggests that a shift in the party’s Facebook advertising strategy in the last 48  hours of the campaign might be one […]

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    Why children are not the exception that proves the rule in internet governance

Why children are not the exception that proves the rule in internet governance

The perception of children’s rights online needs to change, argue LSE’s Sonia Livingstone and Western Sydney University’s Amanda Third, who together prepared a special issue of New Media and Society: Children and young people’s rights in the digital age: An emerging agenda.

Children and young people are simultaneously hailed as pioneers of the digital age and feared for as its […]

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    When your eyes betray you: is virtual reality too close for comfort?

When your eyes betray you: is virtual reality too close for comfort?

With the dawn of immersive virtual reality (VR) technologies, data-collection is taking another leap toward recording our subtlest physical reactions and even our emotional states, writes Finn Lützow-Holm Myrstad, Head of section, digital services and electricity at the Norwegian Consumer Council and EU Co-chair of the Infosoc Committee of the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD).

Through the use of VR-devices fitted […]

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    Is the Conservative Party deliberately distributing fake news in attack ads on Facebook?

Is the Conservative Party deliberately distributing fake news in attack ads on Facebook?

The Conservative Party made clear that they would run an anti-Corbyn campaign, attempting to contrast the alleged weaknesses of the leader of the Labour Party with Theresa May’s supposedly superior leadership. An analysis of Tories’ Facebook advertising by LSE researchers Damian Tambini, Nick Anstead and  João Carlos Magalhães suggests that this negative campaign included specific instances of demonstrably false or misleading information.

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    Labour’s advertising campaign on Facebook (or “Don’t Mention the War”)

Labour’s advertising campaign on Facebook (or “Don’t Mention the War”)

Britain’s decision to leave the European Union is the most important event in the recent political history of the UK. However, days before election day, Labour’s campaign on Facebook seems to be ignoring the Brexit issue, an analysis by LSE researchers Damian Tambini, Nick Anstead and  João Carlos Magalhães indicates. This post is the second in a series that is examining data collected […]

What will the UK election mean for online privacy?

Online privacy and the implications for data security are under intense discussion, particularly following the UK’s third terrorist attack in recent months, which led Prime Minister Theresa May to reiterate her call for more regulation of online spaces. In advance of Thursday’s general election, Vladlena Benson, Associate Professor, Department of Accounting, Finance and Informatics, Kingston University, looks at what […]

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    How safe should digital products be, and who should ensure this?

How safe should digital products be, and who should ensure this?

Much of the conversation around the Internet of Things focuses on data protection issues. Here, however, Claire Milne, Visiting Senior Fellow at LSE’s Department of Media and Communications, focuses on questions of safety and liability around ‘smart’ devices.

Widespread recent publicity over Samsung smartphone batteries catching fire has kept ICT product liability in public view. Less visible, but more significant […]

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    Self-regulation of internet intermediaries: public duty versus private responsibility

Self-regulation of internet intermediaries: public duty versus private responsibility

Internet intermediaries – the social media companies, search engines and internet service providers who supply ways for audiences to find and access online content – are under scrutiny regarding their crucial role in the flow of digital information. Google and Facebook attracted one fifth of global advertising spend in 2016, and concerns have been raised about these companies’ increasing […]

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    How the Liberal Democrats are using Facebook ads to court ‘remainers’

How the Liberal Democrats are using Facebook ads to court ‘remainers’

It is evident from their manifesto that the Liberal Democrats want to appeal to “remain” voters. It is by looking at their Facebook ads, however, that we get a clearer idea of how their strategy on Brexit has been unfolding, an analysis by LSE researchers Damian Tambini, Nick Anstead and  João Carlos Magalhães suggests. This post is the first […]