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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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    How to Make the Most of Your Facebook News Feed (guest blog)

How to Make the Most of Your Facebook News Feed (guest blog)

By Polis Summer School student Geordan Neinstein

45% of Americans use their Facebook News feeds to get news, the highest portion for any social network. As the Facebook News Feed plays such an important role in how we find our news, it is alarming that the platform often plays host to heavily biased or even false stories. Therefore, in order to […]

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    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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    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|