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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. 

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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 […]

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    Germany proposes Europe’s first diversity rules for social media platforms

Germany proposes Europe’s first diversity rules for social media platforms

Tighter regulation of social media and other online services in now under discussion in several European countries, as well as in the UK where the government has released a white paper outlining its proposed approach to tackling online harm. Here, Professor Natali Helberger, Paddy Leerssen and Max Van Drunen from the Institute for Information Law at the University of Amsterdam […]

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    AVMSD and video-sharing platforms regulation: toward a user-oriented solution?

AVMSD and video-sharing platforms regulation: toward a user-oriented solution?

Following more than two years of negotiations, the revised EU Audiovisual Media Services Directive was adopted in November 2018, aiming to better reflect the digital age and create a more level playing field between traditional television and newer on-demand and video-sharing services. Here, Lubos Kuklis, chief executive of the Slovak media authority (CBR) and chair of the European Regulators Group for Audiovisual […]

The digital age of consent, one year on

This Saturday, 25 May, will be the one year anniversary of Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force. Alex Cooney, CEO of CyberSafeIreland, a non-profit working to empower children, parents and teachers to navigate the online world in a safe and responsible manner, discusses the impact of the regulation on children in Ireland, particularly the GDPR’s requirement […]

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    Online abuse: teenagers might not report it because they often don’t see it as a problem

Online abuse: teenagers might not report it because they often don’t see it as a problem

A new Online Harms White Paper, published by the UK government calls for a new system of regulation for tech companies with the goal of preventing online harms, including disinformation, cyberbullying, extremist content, and advocacy of self-harm. Children are at particularly high risk from some types of harm: here, Holly Powell-Jones, Lecturer in Criminology and Media Law at City, University of London, explains […]

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    What the U.K.’s Online Harms white paper teaches us about internet regulation

What the U.K.’s Online Harms white paper teaches us about internet regulation

A new Online Harms White Paper, published jointly by the UK government’s Department for Digital, Media, Culture and Sport and the Home Office, calls for a new system of regulation for tech companies with the goal of preventing online harms, including disinformation, cyberbullying, extremist content, and advocacy of self-harm. Here, Canadian academics Blayne Haggart, Brock University and Natasha Tusikov, York […]

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    Regulating against online harms: corporate accountability’s new wave?

Regulating against online harms: corporate accountability’s new wave?

The UK Government’s Online Harms White Paper promises a new culture of transparency, trust and accountability. Writing with Thorsten Brønholt, LSE Visiting Fellow Jonny Shipp highlights developments in UK Government thinking and invites Internet firms to collaborate on the Internet Commission’s independent evaluation framework, which looks at how they are tackling illegal content, hate speech, cyberbullying, self-harm and fake […]