Throughout the academic year 2015/16, the Media Policy Project organised a series of events as part of a grant for knowledge exchange from the Higher Education Innovation Funding (HEIF) project at LSE. Information about each event is provided below – please click through to find out more, including to see links to the various blogs and other outputs that were produced as part of the grant.

The Media Policy Project would like to thank Nikola Belakova for her administrative assistance as Coordinator of the four workshops. The Project also thanks the following Media@LSE students for the valuable assistance they provided with rapporteur assistance and other support work: Julianne Funk, Qiuohui Kou, Afroditi Koulaxi, Karen Morton, Svenja Ottovordemgentschenfelde and Svetlana Smirnova. Other students from the Department for Media and Communications assisted with publicity for the two public events; we are grateful to them also.


Public event: 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, delivered 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. A follow-up Q&A interview with Professor Gandy which was published on the Media Policy Project blog can be found here.


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.


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.


Public event: 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, outlined the role and ambitions of his organisation, which has been established as a Leveson-compliant press regulator.

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.