Digital Inequalities

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    Break up big tech? Make it fairer? Sure, but let’s support our right to refuse what technology companies offer us

Break up big tech? Make it fairer? Sure, but let’s support our right to refuse what technology companies offer us

With billions of people now members of social media networks such as Facebook and the all-pervasiveness of big tech throughout many aspects of our lives, conversations about digital citizenship have never been more important. LSE’s Seeta Peña Gangadharan writes that despite efforts by the Obama administration in the late 2000s to improve digital citizenship, the US information economy has now become […]

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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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    A broader understanding of digital skills is needed for a more equal future

A broader understanding of digital skills is needed for a more equal future

As the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) publishes the 10th edition of its flagship Measuring the Information Society Report, one of the report’s contributing authors, LSE’s Dr Ellen Helsper, explains how the understanding of ICT skills should change to better reflect the inequalities in the outcomes that people actually achieve from the use of ICTs.

The issue of socio-economic inequalities, both nationally and internationally, is high […]

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    Data-driven discrimination – a new challenge for civil society

Data-driven discrimination – a new challenge for civil society

Jędrzej Niklas, Research Officer for the Justice, Equity and Technology (JET) Project, and
Seeta Peña Gangadharan, Assistant Professor in the Department of Media and Communications, have recently published a new report on automated discrimination in data-driven systems. In this blog for the Media Policy Project, they highlight some of their main findings, explaining how algorithms discriminate and why this […]

The regulatory future of algorithms

Although they are often used to automate or streamline processes, algorithms are far from being the objective tool that many make them out to be. In this post, Jędrzej Niklas from the LSE looks at the negative effects of algorithms and how policy attempts (or will attempt) to mitigate those effects.

Automated decisions systems are becoming more and more common. […]

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    Digital Inequality: Disadvantaged Young People Experience Higher Barriers to Digital Engagement

Digital Inequality: Disadvantaged Young People Experience Higher Barriers to Digital Engagement

Britain is rapidly digitising, increasing opportunities across a wide range of areas in our everyday lives, from interacting, to being informed and to undertaking transactions more rapidly and at lower cost. Yet, both academic and policy research show that the benefits achieved from digital engagement are not distributed equally. Dr. Ellen Helsper, an expert on digital inequality and Associate […]

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    Corbyn’s digital meh-nifesto is too rooted in the past to offer much for the future

Corbyn’s digital meh-nifesto is too rooted in the past to offer much for the future

Paul Bernal is a Lecturer in Information Technology, Intellectual Property and Media Law in the University of East Anglia School of Law. Here he raises questions about the implications of Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s new Digital democracy manifesto. 
While the Labour Party recently launched their Digital Democracy Manifesto with as much fanfare as they could muster, the reaction to it could […]

The Economics of Privacy

Following a special workshop convened by the Media Policy Project on ‘Automation, Prediction and Digital Inequalities’, Alessandro Acquisti, Professor of Information Technology and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University, asks what the economic argument is for and against privacy. 

It may sound surprising that a review of economics and privacy can be provocative, but it actually is: some of the findings […]

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    Digital inequalities in the aisles: the quantified individual

Digital inequalities in the aisles: the quantified individual

Joseph Turow, Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication, explores the increasingly important role of data collection and the quantification of the individual in one of our favourite activities – shopping. This post follows a special workshop convened by the Media Policy Project on ‘Automation, Prediction and Digital Inequalities’.

One of the consequences of 20th century modernism has been the rise […]

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    Algorithmic Fairness: From social good to a mathematical framework

Algorithmic Fairness: From social good to a mathematical framework

Following a special workshop convened by the Media Policy Project on ‘Automation, Prediction and Digital Inequalities’, Suresh Venkatasubramanian, Associate Professor at the School of Computing, University of Utah, here outlines the case for interrogating the inner workings of algorithms. A summary of the workshop will be available on this website shortly.

The algorithm is out of the box. Decision-by-algorithm is no […]