Freedom of expression

Contentious politics, stratified society and the elusive public: myths and reality of Chinese media (guest blog)

In China there there are vast amounts of people online, the Government has control but social media is changing politics. That’s the consensus view but in this article, LSE’s Bingchun Meng tackles what she sees as some of the misunderstandings about the state of China Media. Recently the Open Society Foundation published an extensive reporton the state of digital media […]

October 22nd, 2012|International, Media|0 Comments|

Political Violence: symbolism that only works if you let it

The one lesson that all of us have learnt since the 2001 attacks on New York and Washington is that tiny networks of highly motivated minorities can now have a massively disproportionate impact on world affairs, partly thanks to the networked nature of global politics. So today’s murder of the US Libyan ambassador is going to have impact way beyond the […]

September 12th, 2012|International, Media|1 Comment|

Non-User President: Will @PutinRussia replace @MedvedevRussia? (guest blog)

On May 7 Russia got an old-new President and a new Prime Minister. Among the many differences between the members of the so-called “Russian tandem”, there is one that is less visible, but important. It is the approach of Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev to the Internet. Russia says “Goodbye” to its “Geek-President” and in exchange gets a “President-Non-user”. Polis Silverstone […]


New Media’s Mid-Life Crisis (thoughts from four sessions at the Perugia International Journalism Festival #IFJ12

New media is entering middle age. We’ve all dropped the ‘new’ bit and instead talk about ‘social’ and ‘semantic’ as Web 3.0 becomes reality. Yet while digital communications are triumphing and networked journalism blossoms in this media mid-life, we are also worried about who pays for it and what it’s all for. It’s a ‘crisis,’ in the true sense of […]


Transparency and Civic Journalism: ‘Will journalism be done by you or for you?’ (guest blog report on Heather Brooke lecture)

When profit becomes the core function of a newspaper, the news falls out of touch with the public. We need journalism that resonates with public purpose, says Heather Brooke, author of Your Right to Know, The Silent State, and The Revolution will be Digitised. This report by Polis intern Rebecca Chui.

November 17th, 2011|Journalism|0 Comments|