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Rethinking the rights of children for the internet age

The internet is now 30 years old, making it the same age as the key formulation of children’s rights, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. In the intervening years, our understanding of the transformative effects of the internet on both society and children have developed in tandem. In this post Sonia Livingstone outlines some of the issues raised […]

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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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    Keeping consumers safe online: regulation of online platforms

Keeping consumers safe online: regulation of online platforms

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 […]

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    The DCMS Select Committee’s proposals for social media regulation: would they work?

The DCMS Select Committee’s proposals for social media regulation: would they work?

A Government white paper from DCMS and the Home Office on internet safety is anticipated in the coming weeks, and is expected to consider the need for a social media regulator of some kind. Various reports have weighed in on this issue, most recently the final report from the UK House of Commons DCMS Select Committee’s inquiry into Disinformation […]

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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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    Three ways the government can supercharge media literacy policy in the UK

Three ways the government can supercharge media literacy policy in the UK

Improving the public’s media literacy is often cited as a key solution to the problems presented by the current information crisis, but how to go about doing this is less clear. LSE’s Damian Tambini writes here about some first steps that government could take to improve media literacy. 

In the fog of war over misinformation, child internet safety and the […]

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    Children’s personal privacy online – it’s neither personal nor private

Children’s personal privacy online – it’s neither personal nor private

Today is Data Privacy Day, celebrated annually to raise awareness about people’s rights and good practice when it comes to data protection and privacy. Here, the LSE’s Professor Sonia Livingstone, Mariya Stoilova and Rishita Nandagiri explain the findings of their recent research into children’s data and privacy online. 

Data Privacy Day invites us to consider that children’s online activities are the focus of a multitude of […]

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    Why talking about ‘disinformation’ misses the point when considering radical right ‘alternative’ media

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 […]

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    Government must help audiences find public service TV – however they are watching it

Government must help audiences find public service TV – however they are watching it

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 […]