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    Jimmy Wales is betting crowd-sourced news can restore our trust in the media — he might be right

Jimmy Wales is betting crowd-sourced news can restore our trust in the media — he might be right

At a time when the media is going through a crisis of trust, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales announced the the launch of a new newsgathering initiative called Wikitribune. Jane B. Singer, Professor of Journalism Innovation at City, University of London argues that the collaborative openness pioneered by Wikipedia could indeed work well for news. For an alternative view on the […]

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    If advertisers want to avoid ad-blockers, they’ll have to give us more power over our personal data

If advertisers want to avoid ad-blockers, they’ll have to give us more power over our personal data

Online publications, like their print counterparts, have traditionally made the bulk of their revenue from advertising. One of the factors that is currently threatening this is the public’s use of ad blocking software. Lyndsey Burton, founder of consumer information site Choose, argues that the public needs to better understand what data is gathered by ad trackers, and that they should […]

Ensuring media diversity and plurality in Norway

In Norway, a government-appointed Commission on Media Diversity, focusing on citizens as media users, has recently published wide-ranging proposals to safeguard access to journalism at a time of significant turbulence and change. Here one of its members, Hallvard Moe, summarises the political context and the main recommendations of the Commission.

The Norwegian political system and the role of green papers

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Who benefits from using the term ‘fake news’?

‘Fake news’ is a topic that dominates many current debates in academia, politics, and the tech world. In his new media policy brief ‘Fake news : public policy responses’, Damian Tambini illustrates the challenges of finding regulatory solutions to the ‘fake news’ phenomenon. The following excerpt from the brief clarifies who exactly benefits from using the term ‘fake news’.

 

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    Disrupting the digital giants – advertisers and traditional media push back

Disrupting the digital giants – advertisers and traditional media push back

The downside of digital giants like Facebook and Google includes the increase in fake news, political polarisation, the dumbing down of debate and the long-term decline in print journalism as newspapers lose readers and advertising to these platforms. But a combination of problems with digital advertising – fraud, mismeasurement, and programmatic ad placement on undesirable sites – means that […]

Online Campaigning – Averting a Crisis

In the past decade, digital platforms and social networks have significantly changed how election campaigning works. But does campaign regulation keep up with this change? In this post, Damian Tambini illustrates which consequences have to be drawn from the shift towards digital campaigning.

We need an in-depth, independent, research driven, evidence-based review of the role of social media in political […]

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    It’s time to anticipate child rights issues in designing online services and policies for their use

It’s time to anticipate child rights issues in designing online services and policies for their use

The internet offers a range of advantages but also a multitude of risks for children who are using it. Two key issues in this context are the need for developing critical literacy skills as well as the lack of child-centered design in online applications. In this post, LSE Professor Sonia Livingstone, who is currently contributing to the UK Government’s […]

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    Trump’s FCC continues to redefine the public interest as business interests

Trump’s FCC continues to redefine the public interest as business interests

In a climate of political change in the US, President Trump’s government is introducing new policies regarding media ownership, subsidized internet access, net neutrality and online privacy. In this post, Christopher Ali, Assistant Professor at the Department of Media Studies at University of Virginia provides an overview of recent media policy changes and makes a case for why citizens […]

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    Jeopardising the effectiveness of journalism in South East Europe: The role of extra-legal policy mechanisms

Jeopardising the effectiveness of journalism in South East Europe: The role of extra-legal policy mechanisms

A range of extra-legal policy mechanisms (policy-relevant actions outside of the scope of law) are used by those in power to prevent journalists from fulfilling their watchdog role in society. In this post, Chiara Sighele from Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso Transeuropa, provides examples from countries of South East Europe (SEE) where extra-legal policy mechanisms are deployed to stifle journalism.

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    Ofcom should review Sky deal also because it’s a broadband supplier

Ofcom should review Sky deal also because it’s a broadband supplier

In December 2016, Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox reached an agreement in principle to buy UK satellite broadcaster Sky. After Fox formally notified the European Commission of its bid on 3 March, Culture, Media and Sport Secretary Karen Bradley has said that she is ‘minded to’ refer the deal to Ofcom on the grounds of media plurality and commitment to […]