Why today’s Facebook’s hearings won’t – and shouldn’t – change much (yet)

If committees were a good way to change the world then they’d have more power. They don’t. So don’t be surprised if the appearance of Mark Zuckerberg in front of two important Congressional committees doesn’t directly result in game-changing new laws or regulation. It shouldn’t. Firstly, the political process – even in a world of Trump and Brexit – is […]

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Cambridge Analytica: a symptom of a deeper malaise in the persuasion industry

Is the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica a one-off event or does it represent a much wider problem across the ‘promotional’ industries such as public relations, marketing and campaigning? Lee Edwards, Associate Professor at the LSE Media and Communications Department argues that there is a growing ethical problem that threatens democracy. Recent revelations about Cambridge Analytica’s strategies and tactics have caused shock and outrage, […]

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Journalism and artificial intelligence: some notes

These are my rough speaking notes for a panel discussion hosted by Demos. I think that AI and machine learning is a big deal for journalism and news information. Possibly as important as the other developments we have seen in the last 20 years such as online platforms, digital tools and social media. My 2008 book on how journalism was being […]

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Is Big Tech facing its version of the 2008 financial crisis?

Ten years after the global banking collapse, is 2018 the year when Big Technology faces its own existential crisis? Charlie Beckett asks whether the digital giants are making the same mistakes as the bankers a decade ago. Ten years ago, not all financial institutions were the same or equally culpable, though the causes and impacts of that economic disaster were systematic, […]

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