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It’s vital to be able to “read” social media

06/08/19 | (0) Comments |

In an era when misinformation and “fake news” abound on social media, it is important to understand where people get their news.

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Big data’s big brother: Real-time data processing

29/07/19 | (0) Comments |

Walk around any city and your face will be caught on camera and might even be added to a facial-recognition database. That data can now be processed in real-time. Regulations about how it can be used are minimal and generally weak.

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“Democracy, as we know it, is about to die…”

22/07/19 | (0) Comments |

There was a mantra among communities and businesses when foreign goods and huge chain stores started crowding out small, local operations. “Buy local” was the cry.

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Civil rights and the climate crisis

15/07/19 | (0) Comments |

Philip Alston, UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, writes that the impacts of global heating are likely to undermine not only basic rights to life, water, food, and housing for hundreds of millions of people, but also democracy and the rule of law.

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Short-sighted policies for short-term gain

08/07/19 | (0) Comments |

Accessibility and affordability are watchwords of the communication rights movement. Yet when it comes to digital access, governments have still not got their act together.

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A voluntary way of holding social media to account

01/07/19 | (0) Comments |

Article 19 – the international freedom of expression organization – has proposed creating Social Media Councils (SMCs) as a way of moderating content on social media based on a “multi-stakeholder accountability mechanism”.


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Unfriendly-fire: Media freedom under threat

24/06/19 | (0) Comments |

“Elected leaders in many democracies, who should be press freedom’s staunchest defenders, have made explicit attempts to silence critical media voices and strengthen outlets that serve up favorable coverage. The trend is linked to a global decline in democracy itself: The erosion of press freedom is both a symptom of and a contributor to the breakdown of other democratic institutions and principles, a fact that makes it especially alarming.”

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Internet governance should work towards mechanisms to reinvigorate independent journalism

17/06/19 | (0) Comments |

A free and independent media sector is one of the cornerstones of what it means for a country to be a liberal democracy. The emergence of the Internet was initially received with much optimism as there was an expectation that it would help democratize media systems, allowing “citizens to report news, expose wrongdoing, express opinions, mobilize protest, monitor elections, scrutinize government, deepen participation, and expand the horizons of freedom."

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True public service media to the rescue

10/06/19 | (0) Comments |

Every ten years or so the BBC comes in for criticism for being too partial or too impartial.

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World Wide Web or webs of intrigue?

03/06/19 | (0) Comments |

In its 2019 report, the Internet Society asks whether the Internet economy is consolidating and, if it is, what the implications might be.

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