Current research within the Media and Communications Department is examining the implications of converging media and communication technologies and services for citizens, audiences and democratic communication at a national and international/regional level of governance. We believe there is a need for policy interventions to redress imbalances between market and citizen interests. The Media Policy Project aims to respond to this need by fostering deliberative exchange between key stakeholders: policy makers, academic research, civil society and industry.

Therefore, the MPP experiments with new ways to:

  • improve the policy impact of Media@LSE research and the evidence base for critical input to media policy discussion in the UK
  • foster academic and civil society involvement in media policy debates
  • increase public awareness of Media@LSE research in this field
  • foster inclusive deliberation on media policy issues

In order to achieve these aims, the Media Policy Project is or has organized several expert deliberative workshops linked with the publication of policy briefs, in addition to using social media to foster engagement with policy and policy relevant research,.  The policy briefs are informed by six key areas partially defined by the current media policy landscape to ensure that deliberative exchange is relevant and closely connected to policy.  Thus far, these topics relate to issues involving:

  • File-sharing, copyright and the DEA
  • Media literacy
  • Digital inclusion and universal service
  • Net neutrality
  • Media plurality