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LSE proposes online platform watchdog for the UK

The LSE Truth, Trust and Technology Commission at the London School of Economics has published a report, “Tackling the information crisis”, in which the key proposal is for an independent platform agency for the UK that would be a watchdog – rather than a regulator – which evaluates the effectiveness of platform self-regulation and the development of quality journalism, reporting to parliament and offering policy advice. It should be funded by a new levy on UK social media and search advertising revenue. The agency should be a permanent forum for monitoring and reviewing the behaviour of online platforms and provide annual reviews of “the state of disinformation”. The report also suggests ways to support the traditional news industry to develop innovative ways to combat the information crisis and calls on the government to coordinate a new programme in media literacy. This should focus on children in schools – for example, a compulsory media literacy module in citizenship classes – but also on adults in further and vocational education. The report also addresses the recent problems on media and elections in the UK. It recommends that parliament urgently brings forward legislation to introduce a statutory code on political advertising, as recommended by the UK Information Commissioner. The central message from this report is that the information crisis is causing real problems – in health for example, as well as politics. Any approach to deal with it must be structural because this is a systematic problem that needs a coordinated, comprehensive response. Read more

  • Tuesday, 20 November 2018

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