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The democratic fightback has begun: The European Commission’s new European Media Freedom Act – Damian Tambini

The European Commission has published a draft European Media Freedom Act (EMFA). If passed, this new law would represent a major shift in EU policy on the media, and a welcome shot in the arm for democracy across the Union. Freed of the Eurosceptic United Kingdom, during a perceived crisis of European democracy, there is widespread support for proposals to support media freedom, and the news media themselves are likely to give them full-throated support. Continue reading

Will the Digital Markets Unit save us from surveillance capitalism? – Damian Tambini

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) this week proposed a new regulatory framework for digital competition which offers a tantalising insight into current UK thinking on tech regulation. Does the prospect of a new Digital Markets Unit with tough new rules for the biggest companies mean that tech giants are finally going to be obliged to serve our interests rather than the other way around? Continue reading

Discovering content online: how is control over the users’ journey shifting – Eleonora Maria Mazzoli and Damian Tambini

This new report highlights how, as media consumption shifts onto a range of on-demand, mobile, social and streaming services, the role of content curation processes such as prioritisation, prominence and discoverability becomes pivotal in nudging audiences’ choices and ultimately driving access to and consumption of content. Continue reading

The White Paper on Online Harms. Keep in mind the bigger picture – Damian Tambini

Protests that the government proposals for a duty of care on social media  are a threat to free speech appear to be missing the point. European standards on freedom of expression give states ample justification for regulating speech that is harmful or undermines national security – if regulations are proportionate, prescribed by law and pursue a legitimate aim. Continue reading

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

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. Continue reading

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

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. Continue reading

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