The dark side of the net – is it really so terrifying ?

Polis Intern and LSE MSc student Jessica Di Paolo reports on the latest Polis Media Agenda Talk featuring Jamie Bartlett, author of the book Dark Net and Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media.

“Participation is both a form of violence and a form of pleasure. More than a desire, participation is an urge, a form of […]


The harm of digital pornography in real lives

It’s a stunning scene, yet an everyday occurrence. Two British teenage boys explain the different categories of hard core pornography available to them with a couple of clicks online. Then one of them laments that he can’t have a real relationship with a girl because both his mind and his peer group’s attitudes have been poisoned by porn. Polis Intern […]


What principles should guide regulation in the Internet age?

Only 3% of internet users have internet speeds slower than 2 mpbs and are without access to good broadband connections, which means that the internet has become not only increasingly pervasive but also far more accessible than it was before. For David Mahoney, director of Policy Development at Ofcom, this means we have to think how we regulate this digital […]


Untangling the Web: What the Internet is Doing to You – Aleks Krotoski at Polis LSE next Tuesday

How are ‘relevance’ and ‘value’ constructed by Google? How are ‘self-expression’ and ‘relationships’ constructed by Facebook? Aleks Krotoski, academic, journalist, and host of BBC Radio 4′s The Digital Human science series and the Guardian’s Tech Weekly podcast, explores these questions in her new book, Untangling the Web: What the Internet is Doing to You.

On Tuesday, December 11, Krotoski will […]


How We All Win In The Digital Wars – Charles Arthur at Polis LSE

Charles Arthur goes way back in the technology industry. He recalls meeting Bill Gates for the first time in 1985. Microsoft was still a small company then, PCs just having started to come into general use. The idea of a company building itself a fortune on writing software was, at the time, an astonishing thought. [This report by Polis Intern Tina […]