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    Diversity in the media: talk is cheap, what we need is action

Diversity in the media: talk is cheap, what we need is action

Marcus Ryder is the Chair of the Royal Television Society Diversity Committee, and Head of Current Affairs BBC Scotland. He recently organised the first political hustings on media diversity between the three main Westminster political parties on how each Party would aim to increase diversity if they won the General Election in May 2015. He will be speaking at […]

November 25th, 2014|Featured, Guest Blog|0 Comments|

Developing the user perspective in the plurality dialogue

Professor Natali Helberger is professor of Information Law at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA), Institute for Information Law (IViR). Here she highlights the need for the plurality debate to focus on user demand and consumption, in particular defining just what a sufficiently diverse news diet is, and to what ends this is being pursued.

If the ongoing debate about media plurality […]

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    Digital distributors cannot escape their editorial responsibilities

Digital distributors cannot escape their editorial responsibilities

Andrew Miller has been CEO of Guardian Media Group (GMG) since July 2010. He has presided over a five year transformation programme that has seen the Guardian shift from a print-based organisation to one that is digital-first in both philosophy and practice. Here, in a post based on his Polis Media Agenda Talk, he discusses the role played by […]

We actually lost the crypto wars

Dr. Christopher Kuner is Director of the Brussels Privacy Hub at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and an Honorary Professor at the University of Copenhagen, an Honorary Fellow of the Centre for European Legal Studies, University of Cambridge, and Senior Privacy Counsel in the Brussels office of the international law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. He is also editor-in-chief of the journal International Data Privacy Law published by […]

November 12th, 2014|Featured, Guest Blog, Privacy|1 Comment|
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    “Generation M” for mobile: what does growing-up digitally mean?

“Generation M” for mobile: what does growing-up digitally mean?

Lelia Green, Professor of Communications at Edith Cowan University in Australia spoke at the 2014 Safer Internet Forum: Growing-up Digitally, which was held in Brussels on 6 and 7 November. Her presentation to the conference has been adapted for this blog.  

In my 20s I was a BBC Television researcher/director for almost seven years, working mainly on children’s, teens’, […]

Could Scotland’s broadcasting be devolved?

Ewan Sutherland takes an in-depth look at the Scottish Trades Union Congress’s proposal for Scottish broadcasting to be devolved, considering the regulatory implications and the likelihood that this might go ahead.

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) has proposed to the Smith Commission that broadcasting be devolved, with item 7.6 of its statement reading: “The Scottish Parliament to be given […]

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    Google’s Advisory Council Hearings: Things to Remember and Things to Forget

Google’s Advisory Council Hearings: Things to Remember and Things to Forget

The last hearing of the Google Advisory Council on the Right to be Forgotten took place in Brussels on Tuesday. Brendan Van Alsenoy and Jef Ausloos of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Law and ICT at KU Leuven look back at the series of hearings and highlight some of the most important (and less important) points. 

In May of this year, the […]

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    Digital intermediaries and the public interest standard in algorithm governance

Digital intermediaries and the public interest standard in algorithm governance

Philip Napoli is Professor of Journalism & Media Studies in the School of Communication & Information at Rutgers University, where his research focuses on media institutions and policy. He has provided testimony on media policy issues to the U.S. Senate, the FCC and the FTC as well as being featured in media outlets such as the NBC Nightly News, […]

Argentina’s “Netflix tax” isn’t surprising

LSE MSc student Ayden Fabien Férdeline looks at Argentina’s new levy on payments to foreign providers of streaming services and argues that the South American country is not trying to curtail media dissent, but is trying to keep foreign currency from heading out of the country.

As of 1 November, debit and credit card issuers in Buenos Aires are required […]

November 6th, 2014|Featured, Guest Blog|1 Comment|

English PEN asks ‘Who joins the regulator?’

Today, English Pen released a report on the impact of the Crime and Courts Act on publishers, looking in particular at the definition of a ‘relevant publisher.’ The report’s author, Helen Anthony, explains the key findings here. Anthony is a qualified, non-practising solicitor who works as a freelance policy consultant and has advised English PEN on issues relating to […]