A lot of good proposals in the Online Harms White Paper but a lack of focus on taxation

By Areeq Chowdhury. The Government has finally published its long-awaited white paper on 'online harms'. There are a lot of good and welcome proposals within it, however, 'tax' (which should play a central role in the fight against online harms) is mentioned just once in the entire 37,000 word document. Internet platforms, whilst having the … Continue reading A lot of good proposals in the Online Harms White Paper but a lack of focus on taxation

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A publicly-owned Facebook? Interesting idea, but fraught with difficulty

By Areeq Chowdhury. Is it time to nationalise Facebook? Recently, social media platforms have transformed from a space to socialise, share photos, and stare at memes, to a centre of digital political warfare and the murky harvesting of personal data. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to discern fact from fiction, online abuse is rampant across comment … Continue reading A publicly-owned Facebook? Interesting idea, but fraught with difficulty

Are mind-reading algorithms stealing our democracy?

Political advertising has got smarter - but have we? Lush and Fat Rat Films have released a quirky drama-documentary, combining expert interviews with the likes of Guardian journalist, Carole Cadwalladr, and old-fashioned alien invasion melodrama. The documentary introduces the viewer to psychographic advertising techniques and explains how data from social media platforms may be fuelling … Continue reading Are mind-reading algorithms stealing our democracy?