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    Why today’s Facebook hearings won’t – and shouldn’t – change much (yet)

Why today’s Facebook hearings won’t – and shouldn’t – change much (yet)

If committees were a good way to change the world then they’d have more power. They don’t. So don’t be surprised if the appearance of Mark Zuckerberg in front of two important Congressional committees doesn’t directly result in game-changing new laws or regulation. It shouldn’t.

Firstly, the political process – even in a world of Trump and Brexit – is […]

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    Cambridge Analytica: a symptom of a deeper malaise in the persuasion industry

Cambridge Analytica: a symptom of a deeper malaise in the persuasion industry

Is the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica a one-off event or does it represent a much wider problem across the ‘promotional’ industries such as public relations, marketing and campaigning? Lee Edwards, Associate Professor at the LSE Media and Communications Department argues that there is a growing ethical problem that threatens democracy.

Recent revelations about Cambridge Analytica’s strategies and tactics have caused shock and outrage, […]

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March 26th, 2018|Featured, Media|1 Comment|
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    Will veiled threats from the EU tackle the disinformation problem or can the UK get tough alone?

Will veiled threats from the EU tackle the disinformation problem or can the UK get tough alone?

The EC high level group on ‘fake news’ has done what it was asked to do: it has set out a problem definition and mapped out some policy principles and broad recommendations.

This article is by LSE Truth, Trust and Technology commissioner Dr Damian Tambini (LSE)

The Report

There are no particular surprises. The key points of the report are:

A narrowing […]

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March 16th, 2018|Featured, T3, Tech|0 Comments|

Journalism and artificial intelligence: some notes

These are my rough speaking notes for a panel discussion hosted by Demos.

I think that AI and machine learning is a big deal for journalism and news information. Possibly as important as the other developments we have seen in the last 20 years such as online platforms, digital tools and social media. My 2008 book on how journalism was being […]

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    My secret social media shame: after ten years I still quite like Twitter

My secret social media shame: after ten years I still quite like Twitter

It is ten years since I joined Twitter and I have to confess, I still like it.

Of course, I mean ‘my’ Twitter feed. The quality of the experience depends on your personalised selection of sources and your behaviour.  As a platform it stands accused of coarsening public life, ruining careers, making nice people miserable and fixing votes.

Twitter as a social […]

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