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    Is Big Tech facing its version of the 2008 financial crisis?

Is Big Tech facing its version of the 2008 financial crisis?

Ten years after the global banking collapse, is 2018 the year when Big Technology faces its own existential crisis? LSE’s Charlie Beckett, who is leading the LSE’s Truth, Trust and Technology Commission, asks whether the digital giants are making the same mistakes as the bankers a decade ago.

Ten years ago, not all financial institutions were the same or equally culpable, though the causes and […]

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    A quiet revolution: the Digital Charter is an opportunity to strike a new deal with online platforms

A quiet revolution: the Digital Charter is an opportunity to strike a new deal with online platforms

It is a busy time for anyone interested in media policy developments here in the UK. In this post, Mark Bunting, a member of Communications Chambers and a visiting associate of the Oxford Internet Institute, gives his take on the Digital Charter that was announced recently by the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), arguing that we need a new […]

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    Facebook’s newsfeed changes: a disaster or an opportunity for news publishers?

Facebook’s newsfeed changes: a disaster or an opportunity for news publishers?

In this post, MPP Director and Lead Commissioner of the LSE’s Truth, Trust and Technology Commission Charlie Beckett considers the implications of Facebook’s proposed changes in the algorithms of its newsfeed.

Social media and digital executives in newsrooms already have a tough job connecting their content to consumers via social media, but Facebook’s proposed changes in the algorithms of its ‘newsfeed’ are […]

2018 will be the year in which liberal democracies begin to confront misinformation

2018 will be the year in which liberal democracies are forced to confront misinformation, predicts Damian Tambini. Emmanuel Macron has already proposed a crackdown on fake news during election campaigns. This will blow open the fundamental tensions between freedom of speech and the accountability of Facebook and Google. It means regulation, and the rethinking of a system that evolved to accommodate print […]

Will online platforms be able to access your bank data?

In this digital age, a substantial number of our personal financial transactions are conducted via the internet. Facebook is one example of a major platform that is exploring ways to integrate financial services into its portfolio, but what does this mean for data security and consumer rights? In this blog post, Jamie Thunder – senior policy adviser for the […]

The Intimate (Self-)Regulation of Big Tech

Turkey regularly blocks non-heterosexual websites, the Apple store prohibits overtly sexual material and Facebook has a problem with female nipples. The regulation of sexual content – or content that is deemed to be of sexual nature – is a regular feature of internet governance and self-regulation of platforms and apps. In this post Lukasz Szulc, LSE Marie Curie Individual […]

Doxing is a toxic practice – no matter who is targeted

The events in the US city of Charlottesville where a far-right protest turned violent raise a multitude of questions – some of which touch upon media ethics and media regulation. Especially the practice of ‘doxing’ – sharing individuals’ personal information online to cause them harm – has significant ethical and regulatory ramifications. In this post David Brake, LSE graduate […]

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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 […]

Automated censorship is not the answer to extremism

The UK’s Home Affairs Select Committee released a report yesterday following its inquiry into hate crime, in which it criticised social media companies’ handling of illegal content. The report recommends, for example, that the government considers introducing “meaningful” fines for social media companies which fail to remove illegal content within a strict timeframe. Jim Killock, executive director of the […]

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’.

 

Why […]