This February, Lamberto Zannier, High Commissioner on National Minorities at the OSCE, launched the “Tallinn Guidelines on National Minorities and the Media in the Digital Ages”. Marc Röggla, a Researcher with the Institute for Minority Rights at Eurac Research in Italy and General Secretary of the European Association of Newspapers in Minority and Regional Languages, explains that minority newspapers […]
A Government white paper from DCMS and the Home Office on internet safety is anticipated in the coming weeks, and is expected to propose a plan for regulation of online platforms. Mark Bunting, a member of Communications Chambers and author of Keeping Consumers Safe Online: Legislating for platform accountability for online content, considers here what sort of regulatory framework we need. Our […]
Following more than two years of negotiations, the revised EU Audiovisual Media Services Directive was adopted in November 2018, aiming to create a more level playing field between traditional television and newer on-demand and video-sharing services. Joan Barata, Consulting Intermediary Liability Fellow at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School, explains some of the challenges around the […]
Reflections on the European self-regulatory code of conduct: will it be enough to curb online disinformation in upcoming campaigns?
Recent efforts from the European Commission to tackle online disinformation include incentivising technology platforms and online advertisers to adopt codes of conduct. Nicole Darabian, MSc Media and Communication Governance student (2018/19) at the LSE, reflects on the self-regulatory measures proposed by the Code of Practice on Online Disinformation.
Disinformation – often described as “fake news” – and fears surrounding its usage as a […]
Why talking about ‘disinformation’ misses the point when considering radical right ‘alternative’ media
Policymakers around the world are considering how to tackle the spread of misinformation and the problems it causes, particularly at election times. Looking at the European Commission’s plan to fight disinformation in advance of European Parliament elections in May, Julia Rone argues that its focus on disinformation is too narrow. Her research on radical right media has been conducted within the framework of […]
An Ofcom consultation earlier this year asked for views on how to appropriately maintain the prominence of public service content in an online environment, and the communications regulator is expected to make recommendations in the new year. Clare Sumner, BBC Director, Policy, explains here why the BBC and other public service broadcasters have called upon the Government to update […]
As governments, institutions, civil society and industry seek to tackle the challenges posed by misinformation, improving the public’s media literacy and/or digital literacy is often cited as a potential solution. Gianfranco Polizzi, a PhD researcher here at the LSE, discusses how critical digital literacy relates to trust, and how policy conversations should be redirected.
I recently attended MisinfoCon in London, organised […]
The European Parliament recently adopted the revised text of the the Audiovisual Media Services Directive, which governs EU-wide coordination of national legislation on all audiovisual media. Lubos Kuklis, chief executive of the Slovak media authority (CBR) and chair of the European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Services (ERGA), discusses what is new about the AVMSD revision, and what it means for the future […]
Over the past two years, netCommons has partnered with Community Networks (CNs) across Europe and other civil society organizations to work on the ongoing reform of EU telecom rules. The legislative process is now almost over, and these efforts have paid off, CNRS researcher Félix Tréguer explains here. He argues here that EU telecom policy-makers can no longer ignore the […]
Regulating children’s data and privacy online: the implications of the evidence for age-appropriate design
The Information Commissioner’s Office recently ran a consultation on an age appropriate design code for information society services, (a requirement of the Data Protection Act 2018 which supports and supplements the implementation of the GDPR). LSE researchers Jun Yu, Mariya Stoilova and Professor Sonia Livingstone explain here the key arguments and suggestions that came out of an expert seminar held at the LSE in September 2018.
The European General Data Protection […]