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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 […]

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    The European Copyright Directive: license first, ask questions later

The European Copyright Directive: license first, ask questions later

Last week, the European Parliament voted in favour of the new controversial Copyright Directive which lawmakers say “protects creativity in the digital age” and will “strengthen our creative industries,” but has seen strong opposition from tech companies and internet freedom campaigners. Kris Erickson, Associate Professor of Media and Communication at the University of Leeds, argues here that the shift in responsibility […]

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    Winter is coming? Minority newspapers and media pluralism in Europe

Winter is coming? Minority newspapers and media pluralism in Europe

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 […]

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    New EU rules on video-sharing platforms: will they really work?

New EU rules on video-sharing platforms: will they really work?

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 […]

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    Reflections on the European self-regulatory code of conduct: will it be enough to curb online disinformation in upcoming campaigns?

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 […]

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    European regulation of video-sharing platforms: what’s new, and will it work?

European regulation of video-sharing platforms: what’s new, and will it work?

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 […]

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    The playing field between YouTube and television will be a bit fairer, but still far from level

The playing field between YouTube and television will be a bit fairer, but still far from level

Last week, the European Parliament adopted the revised text of the the Audiovisual Media Services Directive, which governs EU-wide coordination of national legislation on all audiovisual media. The revised directive, which aims to better to reflect the digital age, is expected to come into force by the end of the year and once adopted, member States will have 21 […]

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    Gearing up for the next European elections: will we see regulation of online political advertising?

Gearing up for the next European elections: will we see regulation of online political advertising?

The next European Parliament elections are due to be held in late May 2019. Among fears of a populist wave and of foreign interference, the European Commission has been looking at potential options for regulation of online political advertising and disinformation. Sofia Karttunen, European Affairs Officer at the European Association of Communication Agencies, looks here at different ways to […]

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    Will veiled threats from the EU tackle the disinformation problem or can the UK get tough alone?

Will veiled threats from the EU tackle the disinformation problem or can the UK get tough alone?

The EC high level group on ‘fake news’ has done what it was asked to do: it has set out a problem definition and mapped out some policy principles and broad recommendations.

This article is by LSE Truth, Trust and Technology commissioner Dr Damian Tambini (LSE). It also appeared on the LSE Polis blog

The Report

There are no particular surprises. The key points of the report are:

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Will online platforms be able to access your bank data?

In this digital age, a substantial number of our personal financial transactions are conducted via the internet. Facebook is one example of a major platform that is exploring ways to integrate financial services into its portfolio, but what does this mean for data security and consumer rights? In this blog post, Jamie Thunder – senior policy adviser for the […]