digitalculture

'Technopoly' and what to do about it: Reform, Redress and Regulation: ResPublica

'Technopoly' and what to do about it: Reform, Redress and Regulation

Respublica

Published, June 2018

Technology and digitalisation have helped to lower business costs, create business opportunities and increase rates of economic growth. Yet, alongside these benefits, the authors of this report warn against the threats that the monopolisation of big tech poses to the consumers.

Among other things, the authors explain how market dominance in technology can lead to loss of innovation, limitation of press freedom, and the squandering of competition. The latter sections of the report offer 10 recommendations for change to help restore the benefits of a technology market.

How onlookers shape technology use : London School of Economics and Political Science

Through the eyes of others: how onlookers shape the use of technology at wor

London School of Economics and Political Science

Published, 5 June 2018

This research paper explores how human behaviour is affected by technology, specifically how our ability to become distracted by technology so easily.

Particularly, It outlines the onlooker effect which causes us to change our technological behaviour according to the social situation we are in.

 

People, Power and Technology: Doteveryone

People, Power and Technology: the 2018 Digital Understanding Report

Doteveryone

Published, 24 April 2018

This report on digital skills from Doteveryone explores the UK's understanding of technology. Five gaps in the public's understanding were identified, such as not knowing how their personal information is collected, highlighting that technologies are not easily understandable in their current state.

Tackling online disinformation : European Commission

Tackling online disinformation: Commission proposes an EU-wide Code of Practice

European Commission

Published, 26 April 2018

This European Commission press release proposes measures to tackle fake news and disinformation online in light of the recent Facebook/Cambridge Analytica revelations.

This press release details measures such as the formation an independent network of fact-checkers, an online platform on disinformation, support for online identification systems, a Coordinated Strategic Communication Policy and more.