Being more media savvy won’t stop the spread of ‘fake news’: here’s why – Craig Harper

4 06 2017

Fake news” is the buzzword of 2017. Barely a day goes by without a headline about president Donald Trump lambasting media “bias”, or the spread of “alternative facts”. Read the rest of this entry »

Tackling fake news: towards a new approach to digital literacy – Gianfranco Polizzi

25 05 2017

The recent proliferation of fake news is undoubtedly a matter of concern. Not that it never existed before – think of the United States’ decision to invade Iraq in 2003, justified by misinformation around the latter’s possession of weapons of mass destruction. Read the rest of this entry »

Fake news, echo chambers and filter bubbles: under researched and over hyped – William H Dutton

11 05 2017

In the early years of the internet, it was revolutionary to have a world of information just a click away from anyone, anywhere, anytime. Many hoped this inherently democratic technology could lead to better-informed citizens more easily participating in debate, elections and public discourse. Read the rest of this entry »

Facebook’s ‘fake news’ plan is doomed to failure: social media must do more to counter disinformation – Tom Felle

13 04 2017

Fake news has become an important focus for news foundations, democratic interest groups and various journalism academics and researchers, following claims that the US presidential elections may have been influenced by anti-Clinton propaganda created by Russia and shared on social networks. The Conversation Read the rest of this entry »

Who benefits from using the term ‘fake news’? – Damian Tambini

8 04 2017

‘Fake news’ is a topic that dominates many current debates in academia, politics, and the tech world. In his new media policy brief ‘Fake news : public policy responses’, Damian Tambini illustrates the challenges of finding regulatory solutions to the ‘fake news’ phenomenon. The following excerpt from the brief clarifies who exactly benefits from using the term ‘fake news’. Read the rest of this entry »

Fake News about Fake News, Part 2 – Jonathan Coad

2 04 2017

There are several other reasons why the decision of the House of Lords in Reynolds v Times Newspapers was aberrant.  Transferring the risk from huge publishers like Associated Newspapers and News International for publishing false and defamatory material on to modestly remunerated public servants is such as police and army officers is extraordinary enough. Read the rest of this entry »

Fake News about Fake News, Part 1 – Jonathan Coad

1 04 2017

For a media lawyer who has been battling “fake news” for his entire career – as well as robustly defending good investigatory journalism – there is a rich irony that the Culture Media and Sport Committee of the House of Commons is belatedly to take an interest in fake news and is engaging in a public consultation. Read the rest of this entry »