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CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the Senate, Washington, USA - 10 Apr 2018
CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg (R) takes his seat to testify before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee joint hearing on 'Facebook, Social Media Privacy, and the Use and Abuse of Data' on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 10 April 2018. Zuckerberg is testifying before two Congressional hearings this week regarding Facebook allowing third-party applications to collect the data of its users without their permission and for the company's response to Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.Gallery

    The New Media Ethics: Are the tech tycoons any different from the old press barons?

The New Media Ethics: Are the tech tycoons any different from the old press barons?

In his third blog on the ethics of journalism, George Pitcher compares the personal morality of the media leaders of the past and present.  Read his previous posts here and here.

Do media owners or leaders have a moral compass?  And, if they do, does that compass have a magnetic north, in the sense of an ethical ideal to which […]

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September 19th, 2018|Featured, Journalism|0 Comments|
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    The New Media Ethics: What the virtuous journalist (or politician) can learn from Aristotle

The New Media Ethics: What the virtuous journalist (or politician) can learn from Aristotle

George Pitcher traces the philosophical roots of human character and argues that new technologies mean we have lost a capacity for journalists to develop their own practices and ethics.

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September 13th, 2018|Featured, Journalism, Trust|0 Comments|
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    The New Media Ethics: Journalism has never been respectable, but journalists should have self-respect

The New Media Ethics: Journalism has never been respectable, but journalists should have self-respect

This article by journalist George Pitcher is the first of a series looking at journalism and ethics.

A big problem with calling out journalism for a decline in its ethical standards is that it can imply there was ever a golden age in what used to be “Fleet Street”. It’s a romantic fantasy of Old Journalism, viewed through ink-tinted spectacles. […]

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September 6th, 2018|Featured, Journalism|0 Comments|
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    Is it time for news publishers to build their own platforms?

Is it time for news publishers to build their own platforms?

This article is by Mattias Erkkilä, a managing editor at Svenska Yle, part of Finland’s public service broadcaster Yle, who will be a visiting research fellow at Polis, LSE this October.

The media industry is getting too comfortable with losing the battle of developing new digital tools and platforms. Companies that used to be driving forces in internet publishing are now […]

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August 28th, 2018|Featured, Journalism, T3, Tech|0 Comments|

How a smartphone changed my mum’s life (guest blog)

This article is by Polis Summer School student You Xija

In 2009, smart phones became popular in China and my mum got her first Samsung. However, I was confused when my dad hesitated to give that little black thing to my mum, warning me ‘Don’t teach your mom to use that’.

It sounded quite weird but later on, I understood what he meant.

My […]

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