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  • Permalink Mainstream media watches Facebook's Zuckerberg being quizzed by US politiciansGallery

    Is 2018 when the relationship between publishers and platforms changes forever?

Is 2018 when the relationship between publishers and platforms changes forever?

This is the longer version of an article that first appeared in Inpublishing Magazine, by Professor Charlie Beckett @CharlieBeckett

Is 2018 the year when the publisher/platform relationship is turned on its head? Is this the moment when policy-makers change the balance of power between the tech giants and the content creators?

Recent years have been tough on publishers as the social […]

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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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  • Permalink Cambridge Analytica: symptom of a wider problem?Gallery

    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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