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 »





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 »





How has media policy responded to fake news? – Emma Goodman

17 02 2017

fake-news-key-boardThe UK House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee recently  launched an inquiry into ‘fake news’ which the Committee chair describes as a “threat to democracy” that “undermines confidence in the media in general.” Read the rest of this entry »





Public service broadcasting: when the status quo won’t do – Des Freedman

2 12 2016

broadcastingAcademics like to talk of ‘critical junctures’: moments of great instability when different pressures and crises come together to produce the possibility of dramatic change. Read the rest of this entry »





The post-Brexit challenges for European media systems – Damian Tambini

29 11 2016

european-commission-building-flagsSince the Brexit vote, EU media policy has a new sense of urgency. It remains to be seen if member states will be more prepared to deepen media policy convergence in an attempt to protect fundamental values and rights, but last week DG Justice held a joint colloquium with DG CONNECT, discussing current challenges to media pluralism and media freedom. This is an extract from Damian Tambini’s Keynote speech to the colloquium. Read the rest of this entry »





Press Regulation post Leveson: where are we now? – Emma Goodman

26 10 2016

Leveson-inquiryIt has been a long road from the phone hacking scandal which came to light between 2006 and 2011 and threw regulation of the UK press into disarray. Read the rest of this entry »





Responsible Communication by Internet Intermediaries – Marcelo Thompson

2 08 2016

Marcelo-Thompson-illustration-5-300x198In debates concerning Internet intermediary liability, an often-expressed view is that intermediaries (such as Facebook and Google) shouldn’t be turned into adjudicators, who reason and decide about the legal or illegal nature of content they host, and thus about whether or not to take such content down. But is that a plausible view? Read the rest of this entry »