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11 Nov 16 0

While many democrats were sitting back in their chairs and getting ready to celebrate, positive poll results popping up on their news feeds, the change in the course of the election as Republican Candidate Donald Trump unexpectedly won crucial swing state after crucial swing state came as a massive surprise to most observers, most of all to those who had been reporting on it.

28 Oct 16 0

In this week's Future Media Lab. news round-up, we look at how economists are measuring the worth of journalism, the falling print ad revenues and how chatbots just might be the future of news.

14 Oct 16 0

Only a few weeks after the fiasco over the deletion of Nick Ut’s Pulizer Prize winning photograph of a Vietnamese girl fleeing US-dropped napalm in 1972, Facebook has come under fire once again for censuring nudity, this time for removing a post about mammogram screening by the French Newspaper Le Monde.

06 Oct 16 0

The European Magazine Media Association (EMMA) published a report at today's European Media Freedom Conference in Leipzig, entitled “Securing Press Freedom across Europe” aimed as a call to action for Europe’s media sector in the light of recent regressions in Europe’s supposedly free press environment.

30 Sep 16 0

In this week's news round-up the Future Media Lab. team looks at how people are increasingly getting their news from social media, the increase of publishers who are developing VR strategies, and how legacy news organisations are still struggling with the business of digital news.

16 Sep 16 0

For the month of August, a number of non-subscription articles on the Financial Times website were displayed with a third of the words missing. This was done to illustrate the damage that ad-blocking does to the revenue of online publishers, the percentage of removed words representing the percentage of revenue lost by the company to ad-blockers. This innovative approach may have more impact than the messages used by a number of other publishers warning users of the threat posed by ad-blocking to online publishers, as only a small percentage of the general public is aware of this problem.

16 Sep 16 0

Innovative text-to-video creation platform Wibbitz have conducted a study on how different audiences and demographics respond to the newest media technologies employed by publishers. The study covered four of the most recent developments in news publishing technology: Live Video; Chatbots; Wearables and Virtual Reality.

02 Sep 16 0

Facebook replaced its trending editors with a new fully automated trending module last week. According to the Guardian, the team was fired without notice at a meeting with a security guard present, with four weeks’ severance. The move towards automation has so far turned out to be quite a disaster, as the new algorithm has pushed false, misspelled and obscene stories to the top of the trending list, resulting in a picture of a man masturbating with a chicken burger going viral. It would seem that in some cases the human brain can still do the job better than computer algorithms.

19 Aug 16 0

An innocent game or one step closer to “Big Brother”? Marit Hansen, privacy commissioner of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, has warned “Pokémon Go” users in an interview with Handelsblatt that it is in fact the biggest data collecting service out there, with full control over all major features of the users’ smartphones, sourcing data from cameras, microphones, GPS and even friends’ lists. One of the problems, mentioned by Deutsche Welle, is that the developer Niantic could use the game as a marketing tool, deliberately affecting consumer behaviour by steering them with Pokémons towards retail outlets. Legally, this is a difficult question because of the international scope of the enterprise. The Federation of German Consumer Organizations (VZBV) has however challenged 15 clauses of “Pokémon Go” developer Niantic’s terms of usage and privacy statements, threatening to go to court if their demands were not met. The first deadline for the court date has passed (9th of August), and the VZBV have pushed the date back by a month after Niantic allegedly contacted them.

05 Aug 16 0

In this week's news round-up, George Sims takes a look at RSF's transparency report on the ownership of media outlets, the deteriorating situation of journalists in Turkey and the dilemma of self-censorship while reporting on terrorist acts such as the recent attack in Nice.

27 Jul 16 0

On 1 July 2016, MEP Michal Boni (EPP/PL) gave the opening keynote address at the "(R)evolution of Europe's Press" conference in Wroclaw, Poland. The speech, in it's entirety, can be found here.

15 Jul 16 0

In this week's news round-up, Karin Fleming reflects on the ethical implications of reporting on tragedy, as well as the role of social media platforms to censor or moderate user-generated content. Also, she explores the Commission's most recent charges against Google, the motivations behind ad block users and the outcome of the conference on the role of press freedom in Europe.

01 Jul 16 0

In this week's round-up, the Future Media Lab. looks at the new tweaks Facebook has done to its news feed algorithms, the state of press freedom across Europe, and the move to combat ad blockers by focusing on the user experience.

15 Jun 16 0

Max von Abendroth, Executive Director of EMMA and Founder of the Future Media Lab. explores the factors that are undermining the freedom of the press in Europe.