A Government white paper from DCMS and the Home Office on internet safety is anticipated in the coming weeks, and is expected to propose a plan for regulation of online platforms. Mark Bunting, a member of Communications Chambers and author of Keeping Consumers Safe Online: Legislating for platform accountability for online content, considers here what sort of regulatory framework we need. Our […]
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 […]
Reflections on the European self-regulatory code of conduct: will it be enough to curb online disinformation in upcoming campaigns?
Recent efforts from the European Commission to tackle online disinformation include incentivising technology platforms and online advertisers to adopt codes of conduct. Nicole Darabian, MSc Media and Communication Governance student (2018/19) at the LSE, reflects on the self-regulatory measures proposed by the Code of Practice on Online Disinformation.
Disinformation – often described as “fake news” – and fears surrounding its usage as a […]
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 […]
Why talking about ‘disinformation’ misses the point when considering radical right ‘alternative’ media
Policymakers around the world are considering how to tackle the spread of misinformation and the problems it causes, particularly at election times. Looking at the European Commission’s plan to fight disinformation in advance of European Parliament elections in May, Julia Rone argues that its focus on disinformation is too narrow. Her research on radical right media has been conducted within the framework of […]
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 policy makers in the UK and elsewhere consider how to tackle the spread of misinformation and the problems it causes, the LSE Truth, Trust and Technology Commission published its report earlier this week, ‘Tackling the Information Crisis: A Policy Framework for Media System Resilience.’ Professor Sonia Livingstone, Chair of the Commission, explains here some of the problems the report seeks […]
By Professor Charlie Beckett
What kind of information society do you want? How should we reduce the amount of misinformation? How can we protect democracy from digital damage? How can we help people make the most of the extraordinary opportunities of the Internet while avoiding the harm it can cause?
For a year the LSE Truth, Trust and Technology Commission (T3) has been […]
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 […]
Trust in tech – or the lack of it – is at the heart of much public anxiety about the digital age. That’s one reason why we have embarked on a major Truth, Trust and Technology Commission. Sonia Livingstone OBE, LSE Professor of Social Psychology and Chair of the Commission, who spoke at Digital Agenda’s Power and Responsibility Summit […]