‘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 »





Why regulators like Ofcom are dropping the ball on ‘Fake News’, dark advertising and extremism – Leighton Andrews

28 09 2017

During the course of 2017, the large ‘big tech’ internet intermediaries have come under an unprecedented degree of scrutiny worldwide.  Facebook posts and Google search listings have come under fire as enablers of so-called ‘fake news’ and propaganda by extremist, terrorist and hate groups, with Facebook’s role in ‘dark advertising’ by hostile foreign powers particularly in the spotlight.  Read the rest of this entry »





Did Murdoch Win? – Martin Hickman

30 10 2015

murdoch564Let’s freeze-frame the moment. It’s 2.39pm on a July day in 2011 and the world’s most powerful media magnate is atoning. In front of British MPs, his wife, his PR advisers, and a global TV audience, Rupert Murdoch says: “This is the most humble day of my life.” Read the rest of this entry »





Life and Death in the Sun Newsroom – Martin Hickman

29 10 2015

sunFleet Street is a closed world. National newspapers shape debate, make or break careers and alter the course of corporations and governments, but their newsrooms remain barred to outsiders. The news is public; how it is made is private. Read the rest of this entry »