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    How do we know it’s effective? Approaches to measuring child outcomes from helpline services

How do we know it’s effective? Approaches to measuring child outcomes from helpline services

LSE’s Mariya Stoilova, Professor Sonia Livingstone, and Sheila Donovan worked with the UK-based NSPCC to investigate how children’s helplines measure their effectiveness.

The work of child helplines is vital for reducing children’s risk of harm and vulnerability, and improving child protection and wellbeing. It is estimated that globally child helpline services take around 9 million calls annually. Child helplines are recognised as a […]

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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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    Children’s expectations regarding fair treatment of their personal data: what policy makers should know

Children’s expectations regarding fair treatment of their personal data: what policy makers should know

The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office is in the process of putting together an age-appropriate design code, which will outline the standards that providers of online services which process personal data and are likely to be accessed by children will be expected to meet. Here, LSE’s Mariya Stoilova, Professor Sonia Livingstone  and Rishita Nandagiri offer advice to policy makers, based on the findings of their Children’s […]

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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 […]

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    How social media companies are tackling anti-vaccination misinformation

How social media companies are tackling anti-vaccination misinformation

LSE’s Emma Goodman discusses the risks of anti-vaccination content on social media, and how the tech companies are addressing it. This article is a response to a workshop organised earlier this month by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) on ‘Vaccines, information and social media’. 

The problem

It’s not the only health issue to be subject to misinformation online, but […]

‘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 […]