New initiatives from Facebook to provide scholars with access to data and new tools to give users greater context when they see advertising show a shift in policy at the company. In this blog, co-founder of Who Targets Me and Visiting Fellow in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE, Louis Knight-Webb, outlines the key areas on which […]
In an article published last week Damian Tambini suggested that it may at some point in the future be necessary to ‘break up’ Facebook. Following further discussion during the House of Lords Inquiry on Internet Regulation this week he expands on this theme.
I suggested that a first stage could be behavioral rules designed to separate out different functions within […]
This article was originally published on LSE News
In the early days of the internet, the view that it would liberate, inform and empower people as a force for good was widely held.
But following a series of scandals, where social media companies are alleged to have breached spending limits and data consent rules in the UK and the US, such optimism […]
This article is by LSE Visiting Fellow Claire Milne
Nuisance calls have been a long-running problem that I’ve posted about on this blog several times before. My last post was nearly three years ago, following the 2015 UK General Election, which interrupted use of the £3.5m allocated for this in the March 2015 budget. At the time I suggested that […]
A quiet revolution: the Digital Charter is an opportunity to strike a new deal with online platforms
It is a busy time for anyone interested in media policy developments here in the UK. In this post, Mark Bunting, a member of Communications Chambers and a visiting associate of the Oxford Internet Institute, gives his take on the Digital Charter that was announced recently by the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), arguing that we need a new […]
In this post, MPP Director and Lead Commissioner of the LSE’s Truth, Trust and Technology Commission Charlie Beckett considers the implications of Facebook’s proposed changes in the algorithms of its newsfeed.
Social media and digital executives in newsrooms already have a tough job connecting their content to consumers via social media, but Facebook’s proposed changes in the algorithms of its ‘newsfeed’ are […]
2018 will be the year in which liberal democracies are forced to confront misinformation, predicts Damian Tambini. Emmanuel Macron has already proposed a crackdown on fake news during election campaigns. This will blow open the fundamental tensions between freedom of speech and the accountability of Facebook and Google. It means regulation, and the rethinking of a system that evolved to accommodate print […]
Turkey regularly blocks non-heterosexual websites, the Apple store prohibits overtly sexual material and Facebook has a problem with female nipples. The regulation of sexual content – or content that is deemed to be of sexual nature – is a regular feature of internet governance and self-regulation of platforms and apps. In this post Lukasz Szulc, LSE Marie Curie Individual […]