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    Zao’s deepfake face-swapping app shows uploading your photos is riskier than ever

Zao’s deepfake face-swapping app shows uploading your photos is riskier than ever

Billions of images are uploaded to the internet every day, but many people aren’t fully aware of how their pictures can be used or abused by others. Alexandros Antoniou, Lecturer in Media Law at the University of Essex, explains the risks of uploading your photos to apps or websites, and the rather ambiguous legal situation.  

The latest photo app craze can make you […]

September 10th, 2019|Data Protection, Featured|0 Comments|
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    Economic and communication policies in Argentina: deregulation and concentration of media 2015-2019

Economic and communication policies in Argentina: deregulation and concentration of media 2015-2019

The media policy landscape in Argentina is fast-changing. Here, Martín Becerra and Guillermo Mastrini, researchers at the Argentine National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET) and professors at Universidad Nacional de Quilmes and UBA, assess developments implemented by recent presidents.

Discussion about the media in Argentina tends to blur the explosive impact of the traditional media sector’s global economic crisis with […]

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    The Global Alliance for Responsible Media: a silver bullet for tackling online harms?

The Global Alliance for Responsible Media: a silver bullet for tackling online harms?

Policy makers in the UK and elsewhere are grappling with how to address the spread of ‘harmful’ content online. Bertie Vidgen, a Research Associate at the Alan Turing Institute whose research focuses on detecting, analysing, and countering online hate speech in both news and social media, looks at an industry efforts to tackle problematic content and practices online and assesses whether […]

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    Beyond Conspiracy: the ties that bind Filipino Flat Earthers and populist supporters

Beyond Conspiracy: the ties that bind Filipino Flat Earthers and populist supporters

The relationship between disinformation and political propaganda is often a hazy and complex one. Here, JM Lanuza, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of the Philippines, and Jonathan Corpus Ong, Associate Professor of Global Digital Media, University of Massachusetts, provide some insight based on their research into digital disinformation in the 2019 Philippine midterm election.

Flat Earthers […]

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    Bad News – a psychological ‘vaccine’ against fake news

Bad News – a psychological ‘vaccine’ against fake news

How to tackle ‘fake news’ and the societal implications of misinformation are questions under consideration by policy makers, civil society, the tech industry and others. In this post, Cambridge University’s Sander van der Linden and Jon Roozenbeek present their answer: Bad News, a game based on the mechanics of fake news that applies insights from behavioural science to develop resistance amongst players to fake […]

‘Real news’ may be doing more harm than ‘fake news’

Since 2016, concerns about ‘fake news’ have reached new heights. But what is the actual impact of online misinformation on audience’s political knowledge and attitudes? The LSE’s Rodolfo Leyva recently completed two experimental studies: one looking at the effects of fake news stories on voter support for US presidential election candidates, and one testing the effects of conservative newspapers […]

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    Challenges of content moderation: addressing the knowledge gap

Challenges of content moderation: addressing the knowledge gap

France and other countries (including Germany and the United Kingdom) are currently investing efforts in attempting to regulate the moderation of harmful content on social media platforms. If such initiatives are often supported by public authorities, they are the source of heated debates regarding their potential impact for freedom of expression. In an interview with French public policy think […]

Misinformation and the school curriculum: Five key challenges and how we should promote digital literacy

As governments seek to tackle misinformation and other problems posed by the digital age, digital (or media) literacy is often cited as a significant part of any solution, and the UK government’s White Paper on Online Harms (consultation closing on July 1) has proposed the development of an online media literacy strategy. Gianfranco Polizzi, a PhD researcher here at the LSE, […]

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    The problems with Ethiopia’s proposed hate speech and misinformation law

The problems with Ethiopia’s proposed hate speech and misinformation law

In April, the Ethiopian government published a draft law that aims to tackle hate speech and disinformation in the country. Here Halefom H. Abraha, a PhD candidate and Marie Curie research fellow at the University of Malta, analyses the proposed law, which he believes is highly problematic and raises more questions than it answers. 

Regulating problematic online content has become a […]

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    What’s on the menu? New regulatory tools to promote geographical coverage of innovative services in telecoms

What’s on the menu? New regulatory tools to promote geographical coverage of innovative services in telecoms

A high-speed internet connection is crucial both for businesses to function effectively, and for individuals to enjoy the opportunities that being online brings, as consumers and as citizens. David Henriques, a Visiting Fellow here at the LSE and Senior Associate Economist at Ofcom, discusses the reasons for under-investment in fast broadband services, and the regulatory incentives that might be able […]