Long Read: What would a social media regulator actually do? – Damian Tambini

22 09 2018

It is happening. Amid rising concern about the overwhelming size, power and ethics all of online intermediaries, governments and regulators are debating a comprehensive new regulatory framework for the Internet. A UK government paper on the proposed Digital Charter is expected in the coming weeks, parliamentary committees will report and the LSE T3 Commission will table proposals in November. Read the rest of this entry »





“Muslim fostering”: Times journalism utterly discredited – Brian Cathcart

8 09 2018
It has taken more than six months, but the final judgment in what the Times portrayed as the Tower Hamlets ‘Muslim fostering’ case has finally been released in summary form [pdf] and it is devastating for the newspaper and its chief investigative reporter, Andrew Norfolk.

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The essential elements of the new Internet governance: diversity, optimism and independence – Jonny Shipp

7 09 2018

Policymakers and the Silicon Valley giants are engaged in a battle over freedom and regulation. The Internet Commission is catalysing a new, positive cycle of organisational accountability, transparency and multi-stakeholder dialogue. The Dialogue on Digital Responsibility brings policymakers, academics and activists together with online firms to make progress on digital responsibility and accountability. Read the rest of this entry »





Sam Allardyce, the Telegraph and another IPSO Failure – Brian Cathcart

3 09 2018

Read the press and you’d think the sting had been vindicated. Cut through IPSO’s tangled prose, however, and you find the truth is otherwise. Read the rest of this entry »





Facebook begins to shift from being a free and open platform into a responsible public utility – Anjana Susarla

28 08 2018

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When Facebook recently removed several accounts for trying to influence the 2018 midterm elections, it was the company’s latest move acknowledging the key challenge facing the social media giant: It is both an open platform for free expression of diverse viewpoints and a public utility on which huge numbers of people – and democracy itself – rely for accurate information. Read the rest of this entry »





United States: Profit, not free speech, governs media companies’ decisions on controversy – Amanda Lotz

22 08 2018

For decades, U.S. media companies have limited the content they’ve offered based on what’s good for business. The decisions by Apple, Spotify, Facebook and YouTube to remove content from commentator Alex Jones and his InfoWars platform follow this same pattern. Read the rest of this entry »





House of Lords Communications Committee Inquiry “The Internet: to regulate or not to regulate?”, An overview of the evidence, Part 2 – Oscar Davies

17 08 2018

This is Part 2 of an overview of the evidence submitted for the House of Lords Communications Inquiry “The Internet: to regulate or not to regulate?” (Part 1 can be found here). Responses to questions 4 to 6 of the Call for Evidence will be considered here. Read the rest of this entry »