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Participating in UK & EU Policymaking Made Easier

The Media Policy Project unveils today the Media Policy Planner, a new website and tool offering a free and accessible way for anyone to understand and participate in the decisions politicians make about the media.
The Planner gives you an easy-to-access database of experts by subject area, event calendars, resources on important media topics, and lists of ongoing media policy […]

Media Policy and the Party Manifestos – Some Ideas

Now is the time in the political cycle when the main parties are writing their manifestos. So what could go in the media policy sections? The Media Policy Project does not have a partisan position. I here offer my personal view of some of the potential policy commitments that parties should consider. Only policies that cost nothing or that generate funds […]

Concentrating Cable: Comcast to Acquire 3/4 US Cable Broadband Market

Commenting on the imminent merger between US Cable operators Comcast and Time Warner, Ellen Goodman from the Rutgers University School of Law explains the issues in this case in which media ownership concerns meet the net neutrality debate.  Philadelphia-based Comcast is set to acquire New York-based Time Warner Cable.  If the deal is approved by the FCC and the Department […]

Europe can Learn from US How Not to do Net Neutrality

University of Sussex’s Chris Marsden looks at the possible European repercussions of the recent court decision on net neutrality in the US. He argues that while there may be more support in Europe for net neutrality, signals are still mixed.  We are entering a time of great uncertainty for internet freedom following two recent events. Both occurred in the US […]

U.S Court Throws Out Net Neutrality Rules – Explained

A US court ruled on a landmark net neutrality case against the communications regulator earlier this week. Rutgers University Law Professor and LSE Visiting Fellow Ellen Goodman explains the decision and its implications warning of risks to the public internet. We’ve waited a long time for a verdict on the FCC’s net neutrality rules (Open Internet Order).  On 14 January, the D.C. Circuit […]

Farewell to a Year of Friction & Happy Holiday Wishes to All

With best wishes for the new year from Damian Tambini and Sally Broughton Micova and the rest of the LSE Media Policy Project team.    

The past year has been a busy one for the LSE Media Policy Project and a contentious one in media policy. We covered the aftermath of the Leveson Inquiry into press ethics, which has […]

Upcoming Public Lecture: Nick Couldry on the Myth of Big Data

In the past year, the LSE Media Policy Project blog has contained a lot of discussion of “big data”.  Stefan Strauss and Monica Horten wrote about the EU’s Data Protection Directive and the protection of personal data from mass collection by corporate interests. Oxford’s Ian Brown explained how big data is accessed by government agencies, and our Internet Governance Series […]

November 19th, 2013|Net Neutrality, Privacy|0 Comments|

Unified Field: The ‘Splinternet’

Brazil’s proposal to require companies to host Brazilian user data in-country has spurred discussions on whether local data storage is effective and if it would fragment the internet. Wendy Grossman, journalist and blogger, argues that the bigger possible threats that may lead to “Internet Balkanization” are structural censorship and the loss of net neutrality.  For as long as I can remember, the notion […]

Book Review: Understanding Media Economics

With the rapidly evolving digital media landscape, this new revised edition of Understanding Media Economics focuses on the issues that are now central to how economic forces impact on the media industries. Exploring themes such as innovation, digital multi-platform developments, and strategies of risk-spreading, Sally Broughton Micova finds this book addresses and explains the pressing issues in contemporary media industries and markets […]

EC and UK Communication Reviews – Where are We Going?

The current paradigm of electronic communication governance in the UK consists mainly in promoting competition to ensure that consumers can choose the services they prefer. In areas – such as public service media – where markets fail, or where an agreed public interest is thereby served, public provision or specific regulations protect key interests. Following the announcement of policy reviews both at […]