Intermediaries

Removal of online hate speech in numbers

Six months after a new German law – the Network Enforcement Act – has come into full effect, social media platforms are tasked to report on illegal hate speech. But as these figures have been made available, what can we learn from them? Researcher Kirsten Gollatz, Fellow Martin J. Riedl and Jens Pohlmann from the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) have a closer look […]

Digital Dominance: an event report

Digital Dominance was described by its co-editor Damian Tambini as a ‘problem-definition’ book rather than a ‘solutions’ book, taking an interdisciplinary approach to questions such as the implications of the effect of tech giants’ market and social power on media pluralism, freedom of expression and electoral legitimacy.

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    How Digital Threats to Democracy were Tackled During Ireland’s Abortion Referendum

How Digital Threats to Democracy were Tackled During Ireland’s Abortion Referendum

Craig Dwyer is a digital campaigns and communications consultant. He is a co-founder of the Transparent Referendum Initiative (TRI), a civic initiative established to demonstrate the role and impact of online advertising during political campaigns. The work of the Initiative, and others, saw steps taken by Facebook, Google and the Irish Government towards addressing the issue. In this blog, […]

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    LSE Experts on the Truth, Trust and Technology Commission (T3): Dr Nick Anstead

LSE Experts on the Truth, Trust and Technology Commission (T3): Dr Nick Anstead

As part of a series of interviews with LSE Faculty on themes related to the LSE Truth, Trust and Technology Commission (T3) being run by the Media Policy Project, Dr Nick Anstead, Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Communications, talks to LSE MSc student Claudia Cohen about political communications and data-driven politics. Dr Anstead is leading the online political communications strand of the T3 Commission.

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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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    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 […]

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    Facebook revelations: With greater connectivity comes greater responsibility

Facebook revelations: With greater connectivity comes greater responsibility

There appears to be growing global consensus that internet platforms need to be better regulated following the Cambridge Analytica/Facebook revelations. But the how and what of such regulations still need to be considered and designed – especially in Africa. Policy advisor Anri van der Spuy reflects on some of the key issues. This blog was first published on the […]

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    Which social media services should be regulated for harm reduction?

Which social media services should be regulated for harm reduction?

This blog first appeared on the Carnegie UK Trust website on 8 May 2018. This blog is the fifth in a programme of work on a proposed new regulatory framework to reduce the harm occurring on and facilitated by social media services. The authors William Perrin and Lorna Woods have vast experience in regulation and free speech issues. William has worked on technology […]

Facebook: What Does Transparency Look Like?

New initiatives from Facebook to provide scholars with access to data and new tools to give users greater context when they see advertising show a shift in policy at the company. In this blog, co-founder of Who Targets Me and Visiting Fellow in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE, Louis Knight-Webb, outlines the key areas on which […]

How to ‘break up‘ Facebook

In an article published last week Damian Tambini suggested that it may at some point in the future be necessary to ‘break up’ Facebook. Following further discussion during the House of Lords Inquiry on Internet Regulation this week he expands on this theme.

I suggested that a first stage could be behavioral rules designed to separate out different functions within […]