Why the mainstream media should stop giving extreme views a platform – Chris Allen

4 08 2018

File 20180803 41320 wyzuq9.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1In recent weeks, a number of quite astounding articles have appeared in the British press. These have included among others, a Times column opining the benefit to Britain in the current climate of having a political leader like Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin or Recep Tayyip Erdoğan; referred to as “strongmen”. In the Daily Telegraph, a similarly toned piece contemplated the reinstatement of the death penalty after Brexit. Read the rest of this entry »





Australia: A modern tragedy, Nine-Fairfax merger a disaster for quality media – Denis Muller

27 07 2018

File 20180726 106511 eurlv2.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1All deaths are sudden, even if long expected.  Appropriately enough, this is the opening sentence of a book called Journalism in a Culture of Grief. And if ever there was a time of grief for journalism in Australia, it is the announcement that Nine Entertainment is taking over Fairfax Media. Read the rest of this entry »





Cliff Richard judgment a new shift in legal balance between free speech and privacy – Robin Callender-Smith

20 07 2018

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The question at the heart of Mr Justice Mann’s High Court judgment in the Sir Cliff Richard v BBC case had been a longstanding legal conundrum: how far do a celebrity’s privacy rights – or indeed anyone’s – extend in respect of the pre-charge stage of a police investigation? Read the rest of this entry »





In the era of ‘fake news’, Americans would like to change the media model – Marc Fleurbaey

18 07 2018
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In a November 2016 article, Nick Couldry and Clemencia Rodriguez (from the International Panel on Social Progress) stated that “media infrastructure is a common good whose governance and design should be much more open to democratic engagement than currently.” Does the population agree with this view? Read the rest of this entry »





Cambridge Analytica used our secrets for profit, the same data could be used for public good – William David Watkin

8 07 2018

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Ever since it was revealed that Cambridge Analytica had taken data from 87m users via a Facebook app that exploited the social media site’s privacy settings, it has been suggested that anything from Donald Trump’s election in the US to the European Union referendum result in the UK could have been the result of the persuasive power of targeted advertisements based on voter preferences. Read the rest of this entry »





Misinformation and biases infect social media, both intentionally and accidentally – Giovanni Luca Ciampaglia and Filippo Menczer

1 07 2018

File 20180615 85822 5fqwo4.png?ixlib=rb 1.1Social media are among the primary sources of news in the U.S. and across the world. Yet users are exposed to content of questionable accuracy, including conspiracy theories, clickbait, hyperpartisan content, pseudo science and even fabricated “fake news” reports. Read the rest of this entry »





‘Upskirting’ and ‘revenge porn’: the need for a comprehensive law – Erika Rackley and Clare McGlynn

17 06 2018

File 20180615 85854 1wozlge.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1After months of campaigning and meetings, it appears that moves to criminalise “upskirting” – the act of taking secret, sexually intrusive photographs – have stalled. For now. This is disappointing. However, all may not be lost. It is now time for the government to step up – and to eliminate inconsistencies in the treatment of victims of image-based sexual abuse. Read the rest of this entry »