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17 Feb 17 0

In this edition of the Future Media Lab. News Round-up Caterina Sosso looks into crowdsourcing content, collaborating to build trust and bringing EU copyright law into the digital age.

03 Feb 17 0

In this edition of the Future Media Lab. News Round-up Caterina Sosso looks into the disappointing return on investment publishers get from third-party distribution platforms, how Google is tightening their ad policies to combat misleading/fake sites and the rise of socially-distributed video.

20 Jan 17 0

In this edition of the Future Media Lab. News Round-up Caterina Sosso looks into how fake news is being tackled through better reporting, Facebook's journalism project, and the return of ePrivacy discussions in the EU.

06 Jan 17 0

In this edition of the Future Media Lab. News Round-up Karin Fleming looks at the future of Europe's copyright reform, the invincibility of U.S. tech giants and the fights they're up against in Europe, and how faking news is getting easier with advanced AI technology.

23 Dec 16 0

In this edition of the Future Media Lab. News Round-up Karin Fleming looks at who's predicting what for the new year, privacy in the digital age, and the changing roles in the European Commission.

09 Dec 16 0

In this week's news round-up, Karin looks into how social media sites and search camouflage fake news to look like the real thing, asks whether tech giants have democratic obligations to share data, and what start-ups who work in newsrooms are saying.

25 Nov 16 0

“The UK has just legalised the most extreme surveillance in the history of western democracy, it goes further than many autocracies.” This Tweet by Edward Snowden is a reaction to the recent Investigatory Powers Act, which passed last Thursday with minimal media attention and very little resistance from the parliament.

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.

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.

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.