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 »





The European Parliament’s Hearing on Cambridge Analytica and Facebook #2: Rumble in the (Regulatory) Jungle – Pascal Crowe

1 08 2018

The European Parliament’s second of three scheduled hearings about the Facebook/ Cambridge Analytica case got off to an inauspicious start. The draft agenda had promised political heavyweights such as Margrethe Vestager, the EU competition commissioner who is leading the Commission’s stance on regulating GAFA (Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon) and Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook. Read the rest of this entry »





Canada: Reforming the Access to Information Act for better open government – Sabrina Wilkinson

28 07 2018

This August, the Government of Canada will kick off its fourth plan on open government. The introduction of this strategy will be a culmination of nearly a year of consultations as well the anniversary of Canada’s assumed seat on the Open Government Partnership (OGP) steering committee, “a global multilateral initiative [aimed at] securing solid commitments from governments to promote transparency” and other forms of better governance. Read the rest of this entry »





If digital intermediaries are to be regulated, how should it be done? – Jacob Rowbottom

19 07 2018

The regulation of digital intermediaries has been an increasingly high-profile issue. Earlier this month, The Times called for the creation of a statutory regulator – which they would call Ofnet – ‘to protect internet users from harmful content and the monopolistic behaviour of the biggest online names’. Read the rest of this entry »





The European Parliament’s Hearing on Cambridge Analytica and Facebook #1: ‘and in the blue corner…’ – Pascal Crowe

30 06 2018

2018 has been an annus horribilis for tech in general, and Facebook in particular. The scandal surrounding Cambridge Analytica, Facebook and the UK referendum about whether or not to remain in the European Union, has resulted in a tsunami of political fallout on both sides of the Atlantic. Read the rest of this entry »





Why Tech Markets are Winner-Take-All – Patrick Barwise

22 06 2018

Once a company dominates a technology market, it is almost impossible to displace, writes Patrick Barwise, Emeritus Professor of Management and Marketing at London Business School, and contributor (with Leo Watkins) to Digital Dominance: the Power of Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple, recently launched at LSE. Their chapter can be accessed here 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 »