Media and Communication
Freedom on the Net report The latest annual ranking from Freedom House has just been released. It has a special chapter on efforts by nations to manipulate social media which is particularly topical form those focussing on fake news. Also recently released the Trust Project guidelines a series of transparency standards to help readers identify trustworthy […]
The Council of Europe recently commissioned this report on the ‘pollution’ of information and the Internet.
Recently released a new independent tool which is aiming to track press freedom in the USA. It is being supported by key organisations such as the Committee to Protect Journalists and Freedom of the Press Foundation. It provides news and monitoring of incidents impeding the work of journalists ranging from physical assault to legal cases […]
Concerns about fake news are increasingly dominating the headlines and studies have shown that students often have difficulty evaluating the truth of resources. Hoaxy from the University of Indiana visualises the spread of fake news stories online. Recently the New York-based institute Data & Society published a report Media Manipulation and Disinformation Online which examines the […]
An interesting open-source site is Media Cloud. This is a joint project by the MIT Center for Civic Media and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. It gives access to data which examines how stories arise and are followed in the media. See these case studies on Understanding ‘Teen Pregnancy’ […]
A recent new project supported by Propublica, US media and human rights organisations including University of Miami School of Communication, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, Human Rights Center, UC Berkeley School of Law, Texas State University School of Journalism and Mass Communication. It is building up an accurate, verifiable database of reports of specific hate […]
Fascinating report from the Knight Foundation which focusses on findings from qualitative research with 52 teenagers and young adults in three U.S. cities: Philadelphia, Chicago, and Charlotte, North Carolina. It shows an increasing mistrust of the media and a reliance on the use of mobile technology. In the UK Ofcom has an annual news consumption […]
Ahead of the inauguration the Internet Archive has launched its own special Trump collection. It currently has over 700 video, news broadcasts, televised debates and interviews online. There is also a fact checked file of statements made in the interviews which has been prepared by FactCheck.org, PolitiFact, and The Washington Post’s Fact Checker Fact Base […]
With the changeover to a new president the White House has announced its plans for archiving social media and website from the Obama administration. Other citizen initiatives include: ArchiveSocial: Obama Social Media Archive MIT Media Lab’s Electome group explores how the White House, President Obama, and the First Lady have used Twitter to communicate with […]
Published this week, the latest Eurobarometer survey of EU citizens on Media pluralism and democracy found that 57% of EU citizens believe that the media in their countries lack independence from political and commercial pressure and 75% of the respondents have experienced hate speech on social media.