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 »





How to ‘break up‘ Facebook – Damian Tambini

9 05 2018

In a recent article Damian Tambini suggested that it may at some point in the future be necessary to ‘break up’ Facebook. Following further discussion during the House of Lords Inquiry on Internet Regulation he expands on this theme. Read the rest of this entry »





Will veiled threats from the EU tackle the disinformation problem or can the UK get tough alone? – Damian Tambini

23 03 2018

The EC high level group on ‘fake news’ has done what it was asked to do: it has set out a problem definition and mapped out some policy principles and broad recommendations. Read the rest of this entry »





2018 will be the year in which liberal democracies begin to confront misinformation – Damian Tambini

9 01 2018

2018 will be the year in which liberal democracies are forced to confront misinformation, predicts Damian Tambini. Emmanuel Macron has already proposed a crackdown on fake news during election campaigns. 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 »





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 »





Where now for media reform in the UK? – Damian Tambini

11 01 2017

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The Leveson Catch 22: responsibility for delivering tough regulation of the press and a new framework on media ownership lay with a Parliament and a government that reformers agreed was under the boot of the press and therefore unlikely to deliver them.  Leveson himself worried about the ‘megaphone’ with which the press could influence policy debate. Read the rest of this entry »