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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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    The Online Harms White Paper: its approach to disinformation, and the challenges of regulation

The Online Harms White Paper: its approach to disinformation, and the challenges of 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 harm. In brief, the paper (which outlines government proposals for consultation in advance of passing new legislation) calls for an […]

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    Keeping consumers safe online: regulation of online platforms

Keeping consumers safe online: regulation of online platforms

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 […]

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    The DCMS Select Committee’s proposals for social media regulation: would they work?

The DCMS Select Committee’s proposals for social media regulation: would they work?

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 […]

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    Reflections on the European self-regulatory code of conduct: will it be enough to curb online disinformation in upcoming campaigns?

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 […]

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    Three ways the government can supercharge media literacy policy in the UK

Three ways the government can supercharge media literacy policy in the UK

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 […]

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    Why talking about ‘disinformation’ misses the point when considering radical right ‘alternative’ media

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 […]

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    Misinformation and critical digital literacy: To trust or not to trust?

Misinformation and critical digital literacy: To trust or not to trust?

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 […]

Truth, Trust and Technology – so what’s the problem?

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 […]

Tackling the Information Crisis: A new report from LSE

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 […]