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  • The hidden human labour behind search engine algorithms
    Everybody knows that search engines use algorithms, but few know how these work and who builds them. Paško Bilić, Research Associate at the Institute for Development and International Relations in Zagreb, Croatia, writes here about the layers of human labour behind Google’s algorithms and their implications for search neutrality. His post is based on a paper published in Big Data […]
  • Unpacking the black box of digitalization: will “sustainability thinking” empower citizens in a data-driven world?
    Data and the algorithms that organise it are core to many services in the digitalised world. Jonny Shipp, Director of Public Affairs at Telefónica SA and a Visiting Fellow at LSE and Dr Ioanna Noula, researcher at the UCL Institute of Education and a Visiting Fellow at LSE, write here about the ethics of data science and how to increase […]
  • Online challenges to children’s privacy, protection and participation: what can we expect from the GDPR?
    The General Data Protection Regulation, which will apply throughout the EU (including the UK) from 25 May 2018, contains provisions intended to enhance the protection of children’s personal data. LSE Professor Sonia Livingstone has been leading an effort by experts to explore the implications of the regulation and highlight issues that policy makers should address. In the digital age, how […]
  • Murdoch’s access to British prime minister shows media power still in hands of the few
    In December 2016, Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox reached an agreement in principle to buy UK satellite broadcaster Sky, a deal which might trigger a public interest test on the grounds of media plurality and a review by Ofcom. Des Freedman, professor at Goldsmiths, and Justin Schlosberg, lecturer at Birkbeck and chair of the Media Reform Coalition, argue that despite […]
  • How has media policy responded to fake news?
    Last week, the UK House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee  launched an inquiry into ‘fake news’ which the Committee chair describes as a “threat to democracy” that “undermines confidence in the media in general.” Since November’s US presidential election, the issue of fake news stories spreading on social media has been under the spotlight, and a YouGov survey […]
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