Internet Governance

A more transparent and accountable Internet? Here’s how.

This week the UK Culture Secretary announced that the UK Government will legislate on internet safety. This could include a statutory code of conduct to tackle bullying and harassment on social media and mandatory transparency reporting. LSE Visiting Fellow Jonny Shipp is leading the development of an “Internet Commission”, an independent initiative for a more transparent and accountable internet. […]

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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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    Future Thinking: Wired Editor in Chief Nicholas Thompson on the Role of Media

Future Thinking: Wired Editor in Chief Nicholas Thompson on the Role of Media

Every year, the Internet Society (ISOC) publishes a report on trends and challenges impacting the future of the Internet. To feed into this effort, ISOC has been conducting a number of interviews with experts in the field to determine what trends are impacting the evolution of the Internet. In this interview, Nicholas Thompson, Editor in Chief of Wired, provides his […]

LSE Experts on T3: Jean-Christophe Plantin

In the first of a series of interviews with LSE Faculty on themes related to the Truth, Trust and Technology Commission (T3), Dr Jean-Christophe Plantin talks to LSE MSc student Ruchi Hajela on Big Data, misinformation and transparency.

 

RM: Do you think the government and regulators have a grip on what to do with Big Data? And do you think GDPR […]

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    Will veiled threats from the EU tackle the disinformation problem or can the UK get tough alone?

Will veiled threats from the EU tackle the disinformation problem or can the UK get tough alone?

The EC high level group on ‘fake news’ has done what it was asked to do: it has set out a problem definition and mapped out some policy principles and broad recommendations.

This article is by LSE Truth, Trust and Technology commissioner Dr Damian Tambini (LSE). It also appeared on the LSE Polis blog

The Report

There are no particular surprises. The key points of the report are:

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    Child sex abuse images matter: calling for a global indicator

Child sex abuse images matter: calling for a global indicator

This article is by John Carr, Visiting Senior Fellow in LSE Media and Communications.  It originally appeared here

Child sex abuse images which have been posted on the internet are important in and of themselves.  We do not need to justify taking action against them on any grounds other than the fact that they exist. Let’s remind ourselves why.

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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 […]

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    What if we all governed the Internet? Or what if we didn’t?

What if we all governed the Internet? Or what if we didn’t?

We owe the Internet to its history of multistakeholder participation, which has also enabled the decisions that have shaped the evolution and use of this crucial resource. But how relevant is this governance ‘model’ to the Internet today? On 28 October, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) launched a report aimed at better understanding this question. […]

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 […]

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    Into the Darkness: How illegal surveillance is undermining open government reforms in Latin America

Into the Darkness: How illegal surveillance is undermining open government reforms in Latin America

In Latin America, the increasing scale of illegal surveillance – enabled by governments’ purchases of surveillance and hacking software – is raising urgent questions about its impact on civil rights. In this post, Fabrizio Scrollini – LSE graduate and chair of Datysoc (a project exploring surveillance, privacy and cybersecurity in the digital age) – illustrates which points need to […]