The dangers of ‘doxing’ and the implications for media regulation – David Brake

24 08 2017

The events in the US city of Charlottesville where a far-right protest turned violent raise a multitude of questions – some of which touch upon media ethics and media regulation. Especially the practice of ‘doxing’ – sharing individuals’ personal information online to cause them harm – has significant ethical and regulatory ramifications.  Read the rest of this entry »

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The evolving conversation around fake news and potential solutions – Emma Goodman

17 08 2017

Fake news, its causes and what to do about are some of the key issues that we plan to address as part of the LSE Commission on Truth, Trust and Technology that will be launched later this year. The Commission will examine the wider crisis in the quality and credibility of information in the digital age.  Read the rest of this entry »





The Great Data Protection Rebranding Exercise – Orla Lynskey

11 08 2017

During the recent announcement of a new Data Protection Bill by the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS),  the Minister for Digital – Matt Hancock – stated that the bill would “give us one of the most robust, yet dynamic, sets of data laws in the world.” Read the rest of this entry »





Will Karen Bradley Refer Sky-Fox to the Competition and Markets Authority? – Damian Tambini

23 07 2017

Anyone with evidence about whether the proposed Sky-Fox merger will operate against the public interest had until Friday 14 July to submit it to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. If nothing changes, argues Damian Tambini, Bradley will be tempted to take advantage of parliamentary recess and approve the deal. Read the rest of this entry »





Why the end of net neutrality is not the end of the open internet – Konstantinos Stylianou

21 07 2017

The public consultation period on the US Federal Communications Commission’s proposal to repeal net neutrality, the principle that all traffic on the Internet should be treated the same, ended on July 17. With 8.5 million comments, this has been by far the most widely debated policy issue in FCC’s history. Read the rest of this entry »





Self-regulation of internet intermediaries: public duty versus private responsibility – Paul Bernal

1 06 2017

As the debate over internet intermediary liabilities has rumbled on over the last few years – sometimes quietly, sometimes quite furiously – one group has been the subject of a special squeeze: the public. The role of intermediaries, and in particular search engines and social media services, has been questioned in a number of areas with qualitatively different issues, but in almost all of them similar dynamics exist: lobbyists, governments and the intermediaries fight for their respective corners, and the interests of the public, of the ordinary internet user, are either ignored or minimised. 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 »