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 »





‘Fake news’ and Facebook: symptoms not causes of democratic decline – Des Freedman

5 08 2018

It’s pretty rare for the report of a minor parliamentary committee to generate such a buzz but perhaps less surprising when the topic is ‘fake news’ and the main villain of the piece is one of the world’s most valuable – and controversial –  companies, Facebook. Read the rest of this entry »





DCMS “Fake News” Report: time for a new approach? – Damian Tambini

3 08 2018

Unfortunately the Fake News report was leaked by Dominic Cummings in a cynical attempt to personalise, delegitimise, and thus derail an important policy discussion. What Cummings does not relate in his blog is that the report is highly critical of him personally. Cummings is being investigated by the Parliamentary authorities for refusing to appear before the committee and his protests should be seen in this light. Read the rest of this entry »





In the era of ‘fake news’, Americans would like to change the media model – Marc Fleurbaey

18 07 2018
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In a November 2016 article, Nick Couldry and Clemencia Rodriguez (from the International Panel on Social Progress) stated that “media infrastructure is a common good whose governance and design should be much more open to democratic engagement than currently.” Does the population agree with this view? Read the rest of this entry »





Carnegie UK Trust: A proposal for harm reduction in Social media – Lorna Woods

17 07 2018

Concern about the possible harmful effects of social media can now be seen in civil society, politics and the justice system not just in the UK but around the world.  Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Luxembourg, Facebook “Fan Page” case, administrator held to be data controller and jurisdictional issues clarified – Sara Mansoori

11 07 2018

In an important decision the CJEU has found that the administrator of a Facebook ‘fan page’ was a joint data controller with Facebook Ireland and Facebook Inc, and that a German data protection supervisory authority is competent to assess the lawfulness of data processing carried out by Facebook Germany, applying German data protection law. Read the rest of this entry »





Misinformation and biases infect social media, both intentionally and accidentally – Giovanni Luca Ciampaglia and Filippo Menczer

1 07 2018

File 20180615 85822 5fqwo4.png?ixlib=rb 1.1Social media are among the primary sources of news in the U.S. and across the world. Yet users are exposed to content of questionable accuracy, including conspiracy theories, clickbait, hyperpartisan content, pseudo science and even fabricated “fake news” reports. Read the rest of this entry »