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    Striking the balance: why we still need a plurality dialogue

Striking the balance: why we still need a plurality dialogue

Robin Foster is an adviser on strategy, policy and regulation in the media and communications sectors and a founding member of Communications Chambers. He previously held strategy and board level posts at Ofcom, Independent Television Commission, and the BBC and has provided senior level advice to leading organisations including BT, ITV, Channel 4 and BskyB. Here he argues for […]

End impunity for crimes against journalists

The United Nations has designated 2 November as the ‘International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists’. World Editors Forum President, Erik Bjerager, writes that while recent atrocities have catapulted the deaths of two American journalists, in particular, onto front pages worldwide, the murders of James Foley and Steven Sotloff – however horrendous – remain just two of 40 deaths so far this year.

It is […]

A Blog Series: Time for a Plurality Dialogue

Over the coming weeks, this blog will host insight from leading world experts focusing on the topic of the role of new digital intermediaries in the context of traditional media policy concerns with media pluralism and editorial responsibility. We are pleased to announce that Robin Foster will outline his views in a starting blog post next week, and we […]

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    The significance of a Global Agenda on Children’s Rights in the Digital Age in the South African context

The significance of a Global Agenda on Children’s Rights in the Digital Age in the South African context

Patrick Burton and Joanne Phyfer of South Africa’s Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention use the case of South Africa to argue that unique contextual factors impact children’s ICT use across varying countries and regions, which means the lack of knowledge about how children use ICTs in the global South severely limits our understanding of this issue. 

Professor Sonia Livingstone and […]

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    Media Pluralism Monitor identifies areas of concern for the UK

Media Pluralism Monitor identifies areas of concern for the UK

Robert G. Picard is Director of Research at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford, a research fellow at Green Templeton College (Oxford), and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He explains the results of the pilot implementation in the UK of the European Union’s Media Pluralism Monitor.

The UK scores relatively well overall […]

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    European Commission approves Facebook/WhatsApp deal: data concentration and privacy as competition concerns?

European Commission approves Facebook/WhatsApp deal: data concentration and privacy as competition concerns?

Inge Graef, an expert on the intersection between personal data and competition law on online media platforms from KU Leuven, looks at the Facebook/WhatsApp acquisition and argues that the European Commission should have examined the impact data concentration can have on attracting and retaining users and privacy as a means of competition between competing services.  

Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp raises […]

Zero-rating: enabling or restricting Internet access?

Noelle De Guzman, a Regional Programmes Coordinator for Asia-Pacific at the Internet Society and LSE alumna looks at the pros and cons of zero-rating, but argues that even if it has benefits it is not an appropriate policy for improving connectivity in the long term. 

Broadband access policies have in recent years occupied a prime spot in digital divide discussions. […]

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    The IMPRESS Project: a viable, independent model of press regulation?

The IMPRESS Project: a viable, independent model of press regulation?

Jonathan Heawood is director of the IMPRESS Project, which is building a regulatory body for the UK press. Last week, he spoke with the LSE Media Policy Project and members of the industry, academia and civil society about the project’s progress and goals.  Here is an excerpt of his remarks.

IPSO has now officially launched, but it did so under […]

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    Information Can Change Opinions: What that means for Scottish independence

Information Can Change Opinions: What that means for Scottish independence

Davide Morisi is a Phd researcher in the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute in Florence and an LSE alumnus. His research focuses on public opinion and political behavior. He shares the findings from his latest study on the effect of information on voting intentions at the Scottish independence referendum.

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    Mapping Digital Media Series: Public Interest and Commercial Media – Digital Trends

Mapping Digital Media Series: Public Interest and Commercial Media – Digital Trends

After nearly 3 years of intensive research across 56 countries the Open Society Foundation released the cross cutting, global findings from its Mapping Digital Media Project last week. In the latest post in our series on this project, Carlos Cortés, digital policy advisor for the Program on Independent Journalism, offers some analysis and recommendations based on the report. 

The digitization of the media landscape is neither the Holy […]