We need European regulation of Facebook and Google

Facebook has recently come under significant scrutiny for its perceived role in the US election as a conduit for fake news and hate speech, and is currently advertising for a head of news partnerships, presumably intended to tackle such issues. As Facebook has always maintained that its is a platform rather than a media company, it is difficult to […]

The post-Brexit challenges for European media systems

Since the Brexit vote, EU media policy has a new sense of urgency. It remains to be seen if member states will be more prepared to deepen media policy convergence in an attempt to protect fundamental values and rights, but last week DG Justice held a joint colloquium with DG CONNECT, discussing current challenges to media pluralism and media […]

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    Liability and responsibility: new challenges for Internet intermediaries

Liability and responsibility: new challenges for Internet intermediaries

Monica Horten, a visiting fellow at the LSE, argues for clarification on proposals regarding Internet intermediaries’ liability for content, and for an appropriate balance to be struck between the different interests involved. This post is based on her paper for the Center for Democracy and Technology on Content ‘responsibility’: The looming cloud of uncertainty for internet intermediaries.

How might policy-makers […]

Facebook is a new breed of editor: a social editor

Facebook’s approach to allowing, censoring or prioritising content that appears in the news feed has recently been the focus of much attention, both media and governmental. Professor Natali Helberger of the Institute for Information Law at the University of Amsterdam argues that we need to seek to understand the new kind of editorial role that Facebook is playing, in […]

Responsible Communication by Internet Intermediaries

Marcelo Thompson, Assistant Professor at the University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Law, proposes an efforts-based approach to Internet intermediary liability. This blogpost is one of a series reflecting discussions held at the LSE on 8 July 2016 as part of a Media Policy Project workshop on “Digital Dominance: Implications and Risks”, a summary of which will be available […]

Digital Dominance: forget the ‘digital’ bit

John Naughton, Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities at Cambridge University and Observer columnist, reflects on the workshop on “Digital Dominance: Implications and Risks” held by the LSE Media Policy Project on 8 July, 2016. More blog posts from the workshop, and a summary of the event’s proceedings, will be published […]

Brexit and the Media: A Fair Fight?

Following the recent referendum on whether or not the United Kingdom should remain part of the European Union, Founding Director of the LSE Media Policy Project, Damian Tambini, reflects on the role of new and traditional media in the Brexit debate.

A predictable ‘blame the media’ theme has surfaced following the Brexit vote. This has taken two forms that seem […]

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    Imagine if Google or Facebook took a line on the EU referendum

Imagine if Google or Facebook took a line on the EU referendum

In advance of the forthcoming referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union, Martin Moore, Senior Research Fellow at King’s College London, reflects on the the kind of societal role that technology giants such as Google and Facebook are increasingly playing, arguing that they are not neutral and nor are they simple conduits for news. 

Imagine if on June 23 this […]

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    Facebook is a news editor: the real issues to be concerned about

Facebook is a news editor: the real issues to be concerned about

Natali Helberger and Damian Trilling, both of the University of Amsterdam and the Institute for Information Law (IViR), write that whilst Facebook’s use of human editors may bring comfort to some, there are wider issues to do with editorial responsibility that need to be addressed.

It’s out. Facebook is not some magic black box news machine. It’s using human editors. […]

EU Commission Disrupts Google

Martin Moore, author of Tech Giants and Civic Power and director of the Centre for Media, Communication and Power at King’s College London, reflects on this week’s announcement by the European Commission that – in its preliminary view – Google abused its dominant position by imposing restrictions on Android device manufacturers in breach of EU antitrust rules. 

Is the EU Commission’s new antitrust […]