Truth, Trust & Technology Commission

DCMS “Fake News” Report – time for a new approach?

Dr Damian Tambini welcomes the Select Committee on Digital, Culture Media and Sport’s interim report on “fake news”, but argues that the issues it has uncovered cannot be effectively dealt with by a Parliamentary Committee.

Unfortunately the Fake News report was leaked by Dominic Cummings in a cynical attempt to personalise, delegitimise, and thus derail an important policy discussion. What […]

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    In the era of ‘fake news’, Americans would like to change the media model

In the era of ‘fake news’, Americans would like to change the media model

This article by Marc Fleurbaey, Professor in Economics and Humanistic Studies, Princeton University was originally published on The Conversation and Inforrm and is reposted here with thanks.

In a November 2016 article, Nick Couldry and Clemencia Rodriguez (from the International Panel on Social Progress) stated that “media infrastructure is a common good whose governance and design should be much more open to democratic engagement than currently.” Does the population […]

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    If digital intermediaries are to be regulated, how should it be done?

If digital intermediaries are to be regulated, how should it be done?

Jacob Rowbottom is a Fellow of University College, Oxford and is the author of Media Law (2018). Following the recent call by The Times for a new statutory online regulator, he outlines the case for a possible system of meta-regulation and explains how this might work in the case of digital intermediaries.

The regulation of digital intermediaries has been an […]

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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    The Bristol Cable – a model for sustainable local journalism?

The Bristol Cable – a model for sustainable local journalism?

The Bristol Cable has been cited by many as an example of a ‘best practice’ independent local news organisation. MSc student and Silverstone Scholar Anthony Graham-Dillon spoke to Cable reporter Matty Edwards about the Cable’s co-operative business model, drive for media diversity and literacy, and the challenges of producing public-interest journalism. Matty Edwards was a participant in the Media Literacy workshop hosted by the LSE Truth Trust and Technology Commission […]

Regulating the internet: intermediaries to perpetrators

Graham Smith, cyberlaw expert and Partner at Bird & Bird, wrote the following piece for his blog, Cyberleagle. It is reposted here with permission and thanks.  

Nearly twenty five years after the advent of the Web, and longer since the birth of the internet, we still hear demands that the internet should be regulated – for all the world as […]

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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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    Collateral Damage: How algorithms to counter “fake news” threaten citizen media in Bulgaria

Collateral Damage: How algorithms to counter “fake news” threaten citizen media in Bulgaria

Julia Rone, Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Advanced Internet Studies (CAIS) in Bochum, Germany, here reflects on some of the implications of Facebook’s recent changes to its News Feed algorithm as they relate to Bulgaria.

In January 2018 Facebook announced changes in its News Feed algorithm designed to curb the spread of “fake news” by prioritizing personal content at […]

Why Tech Markets Are Winner-Take-All

Once a company dominates a technology market, it is almost impossible to displace, writes Patrick Barwise, Emeritus Professor of Management and Marketing at London Business School, and contributor (with Leo Watkins) to Digital Dominance: the Power of Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple, recently launched at LSE. Their chapter can be accessed here. 

‘Competition is for losers. If you want to […]