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    Zao’s deepfake face-swapping app shows uploading your photos is riskier than ever

Zao’s deepfake face-swapping app shows uploading your photos is riskier than ever

Billions of images are uploaded to the internet every day, but many people aren’t fully aware of how their pictures can be used or abused by others. Alexandros Antoniou, Lecturer in Media Law at the University of Essex, explains the risks of uploading your photos to apps or websites, and the rather ambiguous legal situation.  

The latest photo app craze can make you […]

11 key readings on children’s data and privacy online

The almost daily news stories on data privacy and data breaches – including those affecting children – raise urgent questions as everyday activities and actions generate data that are recorded, tracked,  collated, analysed and monetised by a range of actors. Rishita Nandagiri, Sonia Livingstone and Mariya Stoilova discuss their systematic evidence mapping of studies of how children themselves understand […]

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    The News Hero: A Game for Teaching Media Literacy and Fighting Disinformation

The News Hero: A Game for Teaching Media Literacy and Fighting Disinformation

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 […]

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    The new federalism: blockchain will decentralise big tech’s power on the internet

The new federalism: blockchain will decentralise big tech’s power on the internet

Even though tech giants are businesses, they’re virtual states akin to absolute monarchies, with millions of users as subjects, writes Federico Ast. This blog first appeared on the LSE Business Review and is reposted here with thanks.

For most of history, the only form of government that humanity had known was despotism. Pharaohs, tsars, emperors and kings enjoyed a centralised […]

Digital Dominance: an event report

Digital Dominance was described by its co-editor Damian Tambini as a ‘problem-definition’ book rather than a ‘solutions’ book, taking an interdisciplinary approach to questions such as the implications of the effect of tech giants’ market and social power on media pluralism, freedom of expression and electoral legitimacy.

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    How Digital Threats to Democracy were Tackled During Ireland’s Abortion Referendum

How Digital Threats to Democracy were Tackled During Ireland’s Abortion Referendum

Craig Dwyer is a digital campaigns and communications consultant. He is a co-founder of the Transparent Referendum Initiative (TRI), a civic initiative established to demonstrate the role and impact of online advertising during political campaigns. The work of the Initiative, and others, saw steps taken by Facebook, Google and the Irish Government towards addressing the issue. In this blog, […]

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    Data-driven discrimination – a new challenge for civil society

Data-driven discrimination – a new challenge for civil society

Jędrzej Niklas, Research Officer for the Justice, Equity and Technology (JET) Project, and
Seeta Peña Gangadharan, Assistant Professor in the Department of Media and Communications, have recently published a new report on automated discrimination in data-driven systems. In this blog for the Media Policy Project, they highlight some of their main findings, explaining how algorithms discriminate and why this […]

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    Is 2018 when the relationship between publishers and platforms changes forever?

Is 2018 when the relationship between publishers and platforms changes forever?

This is the longer version of an article that first appeared in InPublishing Magazine, by Professor Charlie Beckett of the Media and Communications Department at LSE. Charlie is the director of the LSE Truth, Trust and Technology Commission that reports on the information crisis this autumn.

Is 2018 the year when the publisher/platform relationship is turned on its head? Is this the moment when policy-makers […]

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    Fake news and critical literacy in the digital age: sharing responsibility and addressing challenges

Fake news and critical literacy in the digital age: sharing responsibility and addressing challenges

How can we tackle the ongoing challenge of so-called ‘fake news’? Gianfranco Polizzi, PhD Researcher in the Department of Media at Communications at LSE, argues that we all have a responsibility to learn critical literacy to help us better to evaluate information, both on- and offline, and here sets out the responsibilities held by the different actors involved. 

Social inclusion and […]

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    LSE Experts on the Truth, Trust and Technology Commission (T3): Dr Shakuntala Banaji

LSE Experts on the Truth, Trust and Technology Commission (T3): Dr Shakuntala Banaji

As part of a series of interviews with LSE Faculty on themes related to the Truth, Trust and Technology Commission (T3) being run by the Media Policy Project, Dr Shakuntala Banaji, Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE, talks to LSE MSc student Jack Marks about historical examples of ‘fake news’, media literacy, the limits of regulation and the (mis)representation of young people in […]