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  • Media freedom has come a long way in Africa, but it’s still precarious
    Tawana Kupe, Deputy Vice Chancellor and Associate Professor in Media Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, examines the increase of media freedom in Africa and highlights some obstacles still to be overcome. Reporters Without Borders’ latest World Press Freedom Index shows two interesting things. Namibia, ranked number 17, has the most improved press freedom environment in the world. And Africa, […]
  • What’s at Stake in Algorithmic Accountability
    Nick Couldry, Professor of Media, Communications and Social Theory at LSE, explores the challenges for social theory and civic debate in addressing the outcomes of automated systems and decision making. We live in a time when the contexts of knowledge production are changing fundamentally: the multiple interlinked processes that generate claims to knowledge (from data collection and aggregation to data […]
  • Algorithmic Transparency and Platform Loyalty or Fairness in the French Digital Republic Bill
    Mélanie Dulong de Rosnay, Researcher at the Institute of Communication Sciences, French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and Paris Sorbonne, and Visiting Fellow at the LSE, examines the Digital Republic Bill, a new French Bill on digital rights and the impact it might have on citizens and their data. On 26 January 2016, the French National Assembly voted for […]
  • EU Commission Disrupts Google
    Martin Moore, author of Tech Giants and Civic Power and director of the Centre for Media, Communication and Power at King’s College London, reflects on this week’s announcement by the European Commission that – in its preliminary view – Google abused its dominant position by imposing restrictions on Android device manufacturers in breach of EU antitrust rules.  Is the EU Commission’s new antitrust […]
  • The Challenges of Researching Algorithms
    In the debate on algorithmic accountability, and platform responsibility more specifically, the contribution of the social researcher is immense. In this set of posts, researchers reflect upon broad themes of control and agency — not only that which is faced by the data subject, but also by the researcher who relies on proprietary platforms to understand how these systems operate […]
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