Truth, Trust & Technology Commission

LSE experts on T3: Rodolfo Leyva

As part of a series of interviews with LSE Faculty on themes related to the Truth, Trust and Technology Commission (T3), Dr Rodolfo Leyva  talks to LSE MSc student Jack Marks about politics online, ‘slacktivism’ and to what extent social media contributes to materialism.
JM: You’ve written a lot about the concept of Slacktivism. Could you explain what Slacktivism is and what its implications are?

RL: Sure. […]

LSE Experts on T3: Omar Al-Ghazzi

As part of a series of interviews with LSE Faculty on themes related to the Truth, Trust and Technology Commission (T3), Dr Omar Al-Ghazzi  talks to LSE MSc student Ariel Riera on ‘echo chambers’ in the context of North Africa and the Middle East.

AR: The spread of misinformation through social media is a main focus of the Commission. Are there similar processes in the […]

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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    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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    2018 is a critical year for media policy – make sure you are part of the debate #LSEt3

2018 is a critical year for media policy – make sure you are part of the debate #LSEt3

Charlie Beckett is a Professor in LSE’s Department of Media and Communications and Director of the Truth, Trust and Technology Commission (#LSEt3). Here he provides a brief update on the work so far of the Commission, which is holding its first consultative workshop tomorrow on the topic of journalism credibility. 

Comedy and think-tanks have one thing in common: the secret to […]

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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 […]

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    Listen: What can be done about ‘Fake News’? An LSE The Ballpark podcast

Listen: What can be done about ‘Fake News’? An LSE The Ballpark podcast

‘Fake news’ has taken the world and especially America by storm, and is the subject of this episode of LSE’s The Ballpark podcast. In this episode, LSE’s US Centre interview Charlie Beckett and Sonia Livingstone on what ‘fake news’ is and how  the LSE’s Truth, Trust and Technology Commission will address it.

 

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 […]

Dealing with the disinformation dilemma: a new agenda for news media

There are no easy solutions to ‘fake news’ or misinformation. They are symptoms of systemic problems. Journalists should challenge them with humility, writes Charlie Beckett (LSE): by looking at how they work, becoming more open about how they source and produce stories, and more emotionally literate about how people feel about and socialise the information they consume.

‘Fake news’ is a real […]

Critical digital literacy: ten key readings for our distrustful media age

Misinformation and distrust are the characteristic of our time. They make the question of how to approach and promote critical digital literacy particularly important. Gianfranco Polizzi suggests ten texts that offer a framework for thinking about how to do it.

Since the 2016 US election and Brexit, debate around so-called ‘fake news’ has sharpened concerns that the internet and social media are […]