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Does UK tech policy show a lack of coordination?

LSE’s Damian Tambini assesses whether there is sufficient coordination between the various proposals currently under consideration in the UK technology policy environment.

It has been an extraordinarily busy year in UK tech policy. The Furman Review reported on digital competition, recommending changes to competition law and a new regulator to deal with data dominance, competition and consumer welfare. The Online […]

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    Data and privacy in the digital age: from evidence to policy

Data and privacy in the digital age: from evidence to policy

What do children know, and want to know, about where their data goes? The Children’s Data and Privacy Online project, funded by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), recently launched its final report and an online privacy toolkit at a multistakeholder seminar at LSE. LSE’s Gianfranco Polizzi and Professor Sonia Livingstone explain the project’s key research findings and recommendations.

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    Revenge pornography and online hate content: the evidence underpinning calls for regulating online harms in the UK

Revenge pornography and online hate content: the evidence underpinning calls for regulating online harms in the UK

The consultation on the Online Harms White Paper, published jointly by the UK government’s Department for Digital, Media, Culture and Sport (DCMS) and the Home Office, closes on July 1. It calls for a new system of regulation for tech companies with the goal of preventing online harm. Julia Davidson and Sonia Livingstone were part of a group commissioned by DCMS […]

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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    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 should we teach children about online privacy, and how?

What should we teach children about online privacy, and how?

As children use more online services, concern has been growing about the increasing amounts of data that they share with tech companies, as evidenced by the UK Information Commissioner’s Office’s efforts to create a code of practice that would outline age-appropriate design principles for online services likely to be accessed by children. Here, the LSE’s Professor Sonia Livingstone, Mariya Stoilova and Rishita Nandagiri […]

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    Putting children at the centre: is re-designing the digital environment possible?

Putting children at the centre: is re-designing the digital environment possible?

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) recently sought views on a draft code of practice on Age appropriate design, aimed at online services likely to be accessed by children. Here, LSE’s Mariya Stoilova and Sonia Livingstone explain the code’s key challenges that they believe must be resolved. Next week, they will launch new findings from the project Children’s data and privacy online: growing […]

Election legitimacy in the age of digital dominance

LSE’s Damian Tambini discusses the policy challenges posed by digital dominance for election legitimacy in an interview with with Sofia Verza of OBC Transeuropa’s ESVEI project.

Our daily life is ever more permeated by the use of digital platforms of worldwide relevance, the so called “Over The Top” (OTT) platforms. They are the main protagonists of the 2018 book edited by Martin […]

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    The surprising post-election debate around online freedom of expression in Germany

The surprising post-election debate around online freedom of expression in Germany

In the recent EU elections, Germany’s two major political players CDU (the centre-right Christian Democratic Union) and SPD (the centre-left Social Democratic Party) incurred historic losses, losing 7.4 and 11.5 percentage points respectively. In this post, Nora Kroeger, PhD researcher at the LSE, discusses how the aftermath of the elections has brought about a curious debate around the regulation […]

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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. 

Regulating problematic online content has become a […]