Chinese ‘Single’s Day’ shopping going global

This article is by Polis intern and LSE MSc student Wei He.

When UK Prime Minister David Cameron visited China in April and posted a selfie of himself and Jack Ma, few in the west have heard of the colourful Chinese man or his e-commerce empire Alibaba Group.

However, a few months later, the relatively unknown (at least in the west) […]


Anonymous commenting under threat in the EU? (guest blog)

On 10 October, in what was seen as a setback for the practice of allowing anonymous comments on websites in Europe, the European Court of Human Rights upheld a national ruling in Estonia that found a news portal liable for offensive comments posted by users on its website. LSE MSc student Emma Goodman reports. The Estonia ruling referred to a […]

October 23rd, 2013|Media|0 Comments|

What Good Is Twitter? (for public service journalism?) New Polis Report

How can journalists working in public service newsrooms use social media to improve the quality of their work? Polis has a new report out by EBU Fellow Nadja Hahn that asks, What Use Is Twitter? This research paper is a report with a purpose. It will be presented at the Polis Annual Journalism Conference on April 5th. Its author, who […]


Why social media is good for medicine and why pharmaceutical companies should engage online

There’s nothing more important than our health, but should we trust the Internet when we seek information on medicines? In advance of a free public Polis seminar on social media and pharmaceuticals this Thursday Katherine Relle describes her new research looking at what we can learn from what people say about medicines in online forums. Social media forums for healthcare contribute to […]

January 28th, 2013|Media, Research|2 Comments|

Contentious politics, stratified society and the elusive public: myths and reality of Chinese media (guest blog)

In China there there are vast amounts of people online, the Government has control but social media is changing politics. That’s the consensus view but in this article, LSE’s Bingchun Meng tackles what she sees as some of the misunderstandings about the state of China Media. Recently the Open Society Foundation published an extensive reporton the state of digital media […]

October 22nd, 2012|International, Media|0 Comments|