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    What do we talk about when we talk about internet regulation?

What do we talk about when we talk about internet regulation?

A White Paper on Online Harms is due to be launched by the UK government on Monday, and was leaked to the Guardian yesterday. It will outline the government’s broad plans for social media regulation with the aim of preventing a range of online harms. Here, Impress CEO Jonathan Heawood outlines the many proposals on the table and considers […]

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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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    The News Hero: A Game for Teaching Media Literacy and Fighting Disinformation

The News Hero: A Game for Teaching Media Literacy and Fighting Disinformation

The NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence (NATO StratCom COE) is a NATO accredited multi-national organisation that conducts research, publishes studies, and provides strategic communications training for government and military personnel. The Centre has recently launched The News Hero, a Facebook game designed to teach users how to spot false or unreliable information online. Bryan Metzger, Assistant Project Manager […]

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    The essential elements of the new Internet governance: diversity, optimism and independence

The essential elements of the new Internet governance: diversity, optimism and independence

In May 2018, UK Government set out its plan to publish a Code of Conduct and develop proposals to legislate on Internet safety. In July 2018 the Internet Commission’s Dialogue on Digital Responsibility convened leading thinkers and civil society advocates to debate related proposals from others about transparency reporting, an accountability framework and the idea of a duty of […]

Removal of online hate speech in numbers

Six months after a new German law – the Network Enforcement Act – has come into full effect, social media platforms are tasked to report on illegal hate speech. But as these figures have been made available, what can we learn from them? Researcher Kirsten Gollatz, Fellow Martin J. Riedl and Jens Pohlmann from the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) have a closer look […]

Digital Dominance: an event report

Digital Dominance was described by its co-editor Damian Tambini as a ‘problem-definition’ book rather than a ‘solutions’ book, taking an interdisciplinary approach to questions such as the implications of the effect of tech giants’ market and social power on media pluralism, freedom of expression and electoral legitimacy.

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    How Digital Threats to Democracy were Tackled During Ireland’s Abortion Referendum

How Digital Threats to Democracy were Tackled During Ireland’s Abortion Referendum

Craig Dwyer is a digital campaigns and communications consultant. He is a co-founder of the Transparent Referendum Initiative (TRI), a civic initiative established to demonstrate the role and impact of online advertising during political campaigns. The work of the Initiative, and others, saw steps taken by Facebook, Google and the Irish Government towards addressing the issue. In this blog, […]

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    LSE Experts on the Truth, Trust and Technology Commission (T3): Dr Nick Anstead

LSE Experts on the Truth, Trust and Technology Commission (T3): Dr Nick Anstead

As part of a series of interviews with LSE Faculty on themes related to the LSE Truth, Trust and Technology Commission (T3) being run by the Media Policy Project, Dr Nick Anstead, Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Communications, talks to LSE MSc student Claudia Cohen about political communications and data-driven politics. Dr Anstead is leading the online political communications strand of the T3 Commission.

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    The European Parliament’s Hearing on Cambridge Analytica and Facebook #1: ‘and in the blue corner…’

The European Parliament’s Hearing on Cambridge Analytica and Facebook #1: ‘and in the blue corner…’

In the first of three blogs for the Media Policy Project, Brussels-based policy analyst Pascal Crowe reports from the European Parliament on the first of three scheduled hearings about the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica case. 

2018 has been an annus horribilis for tech in general, and Facebook in particular. The scandal surrounding Cambridge Analytica, Facebook and the UK referendum about whether or not to […]

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    Is 2018 when the relationship between publishers and platforms changes forever?

Is 2018 when the relationship between publishers and platforms changes forever?

This is the longer version of an article that first appeared in InPublishing Magazine, by Professor Charlie Beckett of the Media and Communications Department at LSE. Charlie is the director of the LSE Truth, Trust and Technology Commission that reports on the information crisis this autumn.

Is 2018 the year when the publisher/platform relationship is turned on its head? Is this the moment when policy-makers […]