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  • Making the internet a safer (and better) place for children
    The internet has quickly become a necessity rather than a luxury in children’s lives. Parents, educators and governments are struggling to keep up with the risks and opportunities it brings. Sonia Livingstone takes a critical look at the plans for an Internet Safety Strategy. She argues that digital literacy needs to be taught in a way that extends far beyond the concept […]
  • What if we all governed the Internet? Or what if we didn’t?
    We owe the Internet to its history of multistakeholder participation, which has also enabled the decisions that have shaped the evolution and use of this crucial resource. But how relevant is this governance ‘model’ to the Internet today? On 28 October, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) launched a report aimed at better understanding this question. In […]
  • Risks to children online are increasingly problematic. Is the new internet Safety Strategy the solution?
    Earlier this month, UK Culture Secretary Karen Bradley outlined proposals intended to make Britain ‘the safest place in the world to be online,’ addressing ‘dangers like cyber-bullying, trolling and under-age access to porn.’ LSE Professor Sonia Livingstone, who was commissioned by DCMS in February to provide up to date evidence of how young people are using the internet and the gaps […]
  • Will online platforms be able to access your bank data?
    In this digital age, a substantial number of our personal financial transactions are conducted via the internet. Facebook is one example of a major platform that is exploring ways to integrate financial services into its portfolio, but what does this mean for data security and consumer rights? In this blog post, Jamie Thunder – senior policy adviser for the consumers’ […]
  • Why regulators like Ofcom are dropping the ball on ‘Fake News’, dark advertising and extremism
    An ongoing Commons Select Committee inquiry into ‘fake news’ is expected to look in detail at the role that intermediaries of information such as Facebook and Google play.  Their significance in the online landscape is not in question: it is likely that the two companies will account for more than half of all UK digital ad revenues by the end […]