Children and Data Protection

Date & time: 14 October 2016 (tbc)

Venue: LSE, London

More coming soon…


Past events

Audiovisual Media Services within the Digital Single Market

Date & time: 15 June 2016, 10:00 – 17:30 (tbc)

Venue: CEPS Conference Room, 1 Place du Congrès, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

The LSE Media Policy Project, in collaboration with the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), is holding a conference on Audiovisual Media Services within the Digital Single Market on at the CEPS premises in Brussels.

Read more here.


Surveillance and the Public Sphere: confronting a democratic dilemma

Date & time: Thursday, 19 May 2016, 18.30 – 20.00

Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, Old Building, LSE

Oscar H Gandy Jr, media scholar and Emeritus Professor at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, will deliver a public lecture for the Media Policy Project titled Surveillance and the Public Sphere: confronting a democratic dilemma.

Read more here.

A podcast and video recording of the lecture is available here, together with a copy of Professor Gandy’s presentation.


Workshop on Families and ‘Screen Time’: challenges of media self-regulation

Date & time: Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 13.00 – 17.00

Venue: The BOX, 5th Floor, LSE Tower 3, Clements Inn, Strand, London WC2A 2AZ

This half-day workshop brought together researchers, policy-makers, industry and parenting organisations to discuss emerging research and current policy developments relating to digital media use and technology management in families with children aged 0-17. The aim of this workshop was to rethink existing advice and forms of address, and contribute evidence towards the next generation of support for parents.

Read more here.


Workshop on Automation, Prediction and Digital Inequalities

Date & time: Tuesday, 26 April 2016, 12.00 – 17.30

Venue: Silverstone room, Department of Media and Communications, 7th Floor, LSE Tower 2, Clements Inn, Strand, London WC2A 2AZ

During this invitation-only workshop researchers, civil society representatives, industry and policymakers considered questions of fairness in predictive analytics and ‘big data’ systems in a changing networked media environment. The goal of the workshop was to consider emerging trends and new research on ‘digital inequalities’, to explore the significance of media and communications data (e.g., network usage data, call data, social media data) in particular contexts of automation and prediction (e.g., alternative credit, security/public safety, retail), and to identify particular harms arising from discrimination and bias in ‘big data’ systems.

Read more here.


Oxford Media Convention 2016

Date & time: Wednesday, 2 March 2016, 09.00 – 17.00

Venue: Said Business School, University of Oxford, Park End Street, Oxford OX1 1HP

As in previous years, the Media Policy Project partnered with the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) to co-organise this year’s Oxford Media Convention. This year’s keynote speakers included the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Rt.Hon. John Whittingdale MP;  the Chairman of the BBC Trust, Rona Fairhead CBE; and Sir David Clementi.

Read more here.


Workshop on Algorithmic Power and Accountability in Black Box Platforms

Date & time: Monday, 25 January 2016, 14.00 – 17.00

Venue: Silverstone room, Department of Media and Communications, 7th Floor, LSE Tower 2, Clements Inn, Strand, London WC2A 2AZ

The Media Policy Project organised a workshop which looked at what the most appropriate ways are to assess and challenge algorithmic authority in platform services. Adopting a multidisciplinary perspective, the question was explored from three angles: social research, legal remedy, and technical solutions, with a starting premise the potential weakness of any single intervention or mechanism designed to hold algorithmic systems to account.

Read more here.


Impress and the Future of UK Press Regulation

Date & time: Wednesday, 20 January 2016, 18.30 – 20.00

Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, LSE

The Chair of Impress, Walter Merricks, will outline the role and ambitions of his organisation, which has been established as a Leveson-compliant press regulator.

Read more here.


Ensuring a Fair Digital Market: Independence of Media Regulators

In co-operation with the European Media Initiative

Date & time: Monday, 7 December 2015, 18.30 – 20.00

Venue: Room ASP 5 G 2, European Parliament, Brussels

The session will focus on the ongoing revision of the Audio-Visual Media Services Directive (AVMSD) and the independence of media regulatory authorities, as outlined in Article 30 of the Directive. The aim of this session is to provide MEPs and other stakeholders with an overview of the key challenges to be addressed in the revision.

Read more here.


The Business of Human Rights: Measuring Transparency in the ICT Sector

With Rebecca MacKinnon, Ranking Digital Rights

Date & time: Thursday, 19 November 2015, 18:30 – 20:00

Venue: LSE’s Thai Theatre, New Academic Building, 54 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3LJ

Rebecca MacKinnon, Director of Ranking Digital Rights and author of Consent of the Networked, discussed with a panel of respondents the opportunities and challenges of assessing ICT sector companies’ commitments to free expression and privacy.

Read more here.


Influencing the Role of EU and National Policy in Protecting Freedom of Media and Expression

Date & time: Friday, 13 November 2015, 15:15 – 17:00

Venue: NYU, Male Namesti 11, Prague 1, Czech Republic

This special session organised by the LSE Media Policy Project provided updates of the latest information on what is happening in media policy in Brussels, particularly in relation to audio-visual services, media plurality, and the independence of regulators. The session also explored ways in which academics, civil society groups and others can engage with European or national policymaking, and provided a much needed opportunity to discuss the media challenges in the region and how policy can address them.

Read more here.


Workshop on BBC governance

Date & time: Friday, 13 November 2015, 12:30 – 16:00

Venue: The BOX,  5th Floor, LSE Tower 3, Clements Inn, Strand, London WC2A 2AZ

The Media Policy Project organised a workshop focussing on the current challenges for reform of BBC governance, including an examination of different international models of public service media governance.

Read more here.


Tomorrow’s BBC: Future Funding

In partnership with the BBC Trust.

Date & time: Friday, 16 October 2015, from 14:00

Venue: LSE’s Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, 99 Aldwych, WC2B 4JF

Rona Fairhead, Chair of the Trust, gave a keynote speech at 2pm on funding options for the BBC. This was followed by a panel discussion with a selection of experts including the BBC’s James Heath, Helen Weeds of the University of Essex, David Fernández Quijada of the European Broadcasting Union, and our director Damian Tambini.

Read more here.


Consumers and Consolidation

With Sharon White, Ofcom Chief Executive

Date & time: Wednesday, 7 October 2015, 18:30 – 20:00

Venue: LSE’s Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, 99 Aldwych, WC2B 4JF

Sharon White, Chief Executive of Ofcom, delivered a speech discussing the impact of consolidation on consumers in the communications markets, and the regulation of oligopolies.

Services like broadband and mobile are now essential to the functioning of the economy, to the way people work and live their lives. At a time of enormous change in the telecoms sector, Ms White explored whether regulators have the right tools to ensure that market structures continue to deliver the best results for consumers.

Read more here.


Working Effectively. Lessons from 10 years of the Freedom of Information Act

With Christopher Graham, Information Commissioner.

Date & time: Thursday, 1 October 2015, 18:30 – 20:00

Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, LSE’s New Academic Building, 54 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3LJ

Christopher Graham, who has been Information Commissioner since 2009, spoke on ‘Working Effectively: Lessons from 10 years of the Freedom of Information Act.’ His speech was followed by a panel discussion with freedom of information experts, including the BBC’s Martin Rosenbaum.

Read more here.


David Wolfe QC: What Makes a Good Self Regulator of the Press? Interpreting the Royal Charter on Press Regulation

Date & time: Tuesday, 9 June 2015, 17:30 – 20:00

Venue: LSE, New Academic Building, Thai Theatre, LG.03

David Wolfe, chair of the Press Recognition Panel, and a selection of respondents discussed the essential criteria for effective self-regulation of the press, and priorities going forward.

Read more here.


IPSO and the Future of UK Press Regulation

Date & time: Thursday, 12 March 2015, 18:30 – 20:00

Venue: LSE, New Academic Building, Sheikh Zayed Theatre,

Sir Alan Moses (Chair of IPSO) reflected on the first months of the Independent Press Standard Organisation (IPSO) and shared his vision for the future of press self-regulation in the UK.

Read his speech here.


The Future of Audiovisual Media Services in Europe

Date & time: Thursday, 5 February 2015, 10:00 – 17:30

Venue: CEPS Conference Room, 1 Place du Congrès, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

The LSE Media Policy Project, in collaboration with the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), held a conference on The Future of Audiovisual Media Services in Europe on 5 February 2015 at the CEPS premises in Brussels.