A new Online Harms White Paper, published by the UK government 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. Children are at particularly high risk from some types of harm: here, Holly Powell-Jones, Lecturer in Criminology and Media Law at City, University of London, explains […]
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 […]
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 […]
As governments, institutions, civil society and industry seek to tackle the challenges posed by misinformation, improving the public’s media literacy and/or digital literacy is often cited as a potential solution. Gianfranco Polizzi, a PhD researcher here at the LSE, discusses how critical digital literacy relates to trust, and how policy conversations should be redirected.
I recently attended MisinfoCon in London, organised […]
As governments seek to tackle a variety of problems of the digital age, media (or digital) literacy is often cited as the solution, partly because it is far less controversial than attempting to regulate the internet. LSE Professor Sonia Livingstone, chair of the LSE Commission on Truth, Trust and Technology, stresses the complexity of the challenges involved in improving media literacy, and the first steps that […]
The impact of new technology on children and new forms of media is a constant area of concern among policy makers and educators (as well as among parents!) During US-based ‘Digital Citizenship Week’ LSE visiting fellow Ioanna Noula addresses the idea that children need education in the concept of ‘digital citizenship’ and explains how current approaches might be lacking. […]
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 […]
The Commission on Fake News and the Teaching of Critical Literacy Skills recently published a report on Fake news and critical literacy. LSE PhD researcher Gianfranco Polizzi summarises the key findings of the report and sets out his recommendations in response.
If on the one hand it is difficult to define fake news – as to whether it implies, for instance, false […]
The technology scholar danah boyd recently gave a keynote speech at the 2018 SXSW Edu about media literacy. Her primary argument was that (in her words): “if we’re not careful, media literacy and critical thinking will be deployed as an assertion of authority over epistemology”. Many scholars have taken issue with her speech and boyd has written this response to them. Visiting […]
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which has attracted widespread attention and comment in recent weeks, comes into force on 25 May 2018. Sonia Livingstone, Professor of Social Psychology in LSE’s Department of Media and Communications, reflects on some of the challenges of the new rules as they relate to children, arguing that had children been consulted and their […]