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  • E-books, MFNs and a European Commission blowing hot and cold
    A few weeks ago, the European Commission opened an antitrust investigation into the Most Favored Nation clauses (MFNs) included in the agreements that tech giant Amazon concluded with book publishers. Konstantina Bania, Researcher at Fundação Getulio Vargas and the European University Institute, explains the implications of these clauses for competition in content markets and argues that the Commission’s approach is inconsistent […]
  • Future of the BBC: why the ‘market failure’ model is a flop in broadcasting
    Justin Lewis, Professor of Communication at Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, and Dean of Research for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, analyses the ‘market failure’ model proposed by the government for BBC’s next Charter Review. Drawing upon the US public broadcasting example, he argues that such a model puts at risk the very reasons […]
  • Progress, pressures and politics: challenges at self-regulatory media councils in South East Europe
    Catherine Speller is a consultant working on communications, media and policy matters who recently completed a report for UNESCO on the needs of media councils in South East Europe. She previously spent seven years at the UK Press Complaints Commission. Here, she highlights the main challenges faced by the self-regulatory media councils in this region. Anyone who has followed the […]
  • Privacy watchdog takes first step against those undermining right to be forgotten
    Eerke Boiten, Senior Lecturer, School of Computing and Director of Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research at University of Kent discusses the decision by the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office to ask Google to remove links to stories about right to be forgotten removals. The UK’s data privacy watchdog has waded into the debate over the enforcement of the […]
  • Transparency of media ownership and privatisation: challenges faced by Serbia
    Transparency of ownership represents one of the foundations of free and independent media. While in western democracies ownership transparency tends to be high, LSE student Milan Dinic argues that this is not the case in countries undergoing transition to the west, Serbia being one of them. He looks at the state of media ownership in Serbia as the country attempts […]