The surprising post-election debate around online freedom of expression in Germany – Nora Kroeger

5 06 2019

One week before the EU elections, the German YouTuber Rezo published an almost hour-long video titled “The destruction of the CDU”. In the video, the influencer – who usually posts light-hearted apolitical content such as YouTube challenges – sets out a broad range of arguments why the disregard of scientific evidence and resulting incompetent policy-making by the German parties CDU, SPD (and also far-right AFD) should convince citizens to vote for other parties. Read the rest of this entry »





Germany proposes Europe’s first diversity rules for social media platforms – Natali Helberger, Paddy Leerssen and Max Van Drunen

2 06 2019

Germany continues to spearhead the regulation of social media. Last year the country made headlines with the Netzwerkdurchsetzungsgesetz (‘network enforcement law’ or ‘NetzDG’), the most ambitious attempt to regulate platform content moderation processes in Europe to date. Now, the German Broadcasting Authority (Rundfunkkomission) has proposed another law targeting social media platforms, though it has has received far less attention than the NetzDG –and far less than it deserves. Read the rest of this entry »





GDPR: The digital age of consent, one year on – Alex Cooney

24 05 2019

This Saturday, 25 May, will be the one year anniversary of Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force. Alex Cooney, CEO of CyberSafeIreland, a non-profit working to empower children, parents and teachers to navigate the online world in a safe and responsible manner, discusses the impact of the regulation on children, particularly the GDPR’s requirement for a digital age of consent. Read the rest of this entry »





Regulating against online harms: corporate accountability’s new wave? – Jonny Shipp and Thorsten Brønholt

2 05 2019

As it celebrates its 30th anniversary the Internet revolution has lost its way. From democratising and emancipatory beginnings, the information superhighway has become a hotbed of crime, harm and offence, powered by designed addition and fake news. Read the rest of this entry »





The Online Harms White Paper: its approach to disinformation, and the challenges of regulation – Emma Goodman

13 04 2019

A new Online Harms White Paper, published jointly by the UK government’s Department for Digital, Media, Culture and Sport and the Home Office, calls for a new system of regulation for tech companies with the goal of preventing online harm. Read the rest of this entry »





European regulation of video-sharing platforms: what’s new, and will it work? – Lubos Kuklis

6 12 2018

The revision of EU’s Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD), adopted earlier this month after a legislative journey of more than two years, introduces (among other things) a completely new element to media regulation – the regulatory framework for video-sharing platforms (VSPs). Read the rest of this entry »





Time to rethink truth and trust – Sonia Livingstone

16 10 2018

The LSE Truth, Trust and Technology Commission (T3) deals with the crisis in public information – aka “fake news”, Cambridge Analytica, election hacking, the crisis in journalism, filter bubbles, biased algorithms, ill-informed citizens and more. Read the rest of this entry »





Anticipatory regulation: a way forward for platform governance? – Jelena Dzakula

12 10 2018

A wide consensus has emerged that regulatory framework for platforms like Google and Facebook needs to change. Calls for action are coming from a range of different stakeholders in the UK, with proposed solutions varying in terms of models of regulation, and who should implement them. Read the rest of this entry »





Regulating online platforms for misinformation and disinformation – Mark Bunting

2 10 2018

How to deal with misinformation is a topic of significant debate in the UK, and a focus of the LSE Commission on Truth, Trust and Technology, which will launch its report in November. The Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee has released its interim report from its inquiry into fake news, and is likely to publish its final report in the coming months. Read the rest of this entry »





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 »