Internet regulation

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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    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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    Germany proposes Europe’s first diversity rules for social media platforms

Germany proposes Europe’s first diversity rules for social media platforms

Tighter regulation of social media and other online services in now under discussion in several European countries, as well as in the UK where the government has released a white paper outlining its proposed approach to tackling online harm. Here, Professor Natali Helberger, Paddy Leerssen and Max Van Drunen from the Institute for Information Law at the University of Amsterdam […]

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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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    What the U.K.’s Online Harms white paper teaches us about internet regulation

What the U.K.’s Online Harms white paper teaches us about internet regulation

A new Online Harms White Paper, published jointly by the UK government’s Department for Digital, Media, Culture and Sport and the Home Office, calls for a new system of regulation for tech companies with the goal of preventing online harms, including disinformation, cyberbullying, extremist content, and advocacy of self-harm. Here, Canadian academics Blayne Haggart, Brock University and Natasha Tusikov, York […]

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    Regulating against online harms: corporate accountability’s new wave?

Regulating against online harms: corporate accountability’s new wave?

The UK Government’s Online Harms White Paper promises a new culture of transparency, trust and accountability. Writing with Thorsten Brønholt, LSE Visiting Fellow Jonny Shipp highlights developments in UK Government thinking and invites Internet firms to collaborate on the Internet Commission’s independent evaluation framework, which looks at how they are tackling illegal content, hate speech, cyberbullying, self-harm and fake […]

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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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    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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    Anticipatory regulation: a way forward for platform governance?

Anticipatory regulation: a way forward for platform governance?

Tackling the crisis in public information and the role of information technology companies such as Facebook and Google is a much-debated topic in the UK, and a focus of our LSE Commission on Truth, Trust and Technology which will launch its report in November. The Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee has published its interim report from its inquiry into fake news, and […]

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    Regulating online platforms for misinformation and disinformation

Regulating online platforms for misinformation and disinformation

How to deal with misinformation is a topic of significant debate in the UK, and a focus of our LSE Commission on Truth, Trust and Technology, which will launch its report in November. The Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee has released its interim report from its inquiry into fake news, and is likely to publish its final report […]