The Online News Act, or Bill C-18, is Canada’s attempt to address the imbalance between digital platforms and news publishers.
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The Online News Act could result in the formation of new agreements between news organizations and digital platform giants, which could give rise to a number of worrying developments.
Understanding our confirmation biases can help us tackle fake news and misinformation.
Teaching students about information literacy can help them determine what kinds of practices make news reports trustworthy.
Bill C-18, the Online News Act, is trying to get the dominant digital platforms to negotiate mutually-acceptable agreements with Canada’s online news outlets.
There’s no evidence that news outlets are worse off because of Google, Facebook and other aggregators. If anything, evidence shows that, overall, news outlets would be in worse shape without them.
The Digital News Media report studies the consumption habits online news consumers and sheds light on issues facing news media across the globe.
During this time of disruption and transformation, surveys like the Digital News Report contribute to our understanding of professional news sources from the public’s point of view.
Facebook blocked Australians from sharing news stories, escalating a fight with the government over whether powerful tech companies should have to pay news organizations for content.
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Facebook recently removed Australian news stories from its site. If Ottawa follows Australia’s lead, Facebook might do the same in Canada.
Graphic narratives can be a great tool to teach media literacy.
Delivering media literacy in a comics format can help readers develop the skills to identify fake news and counter its effects.
Over the past decade, news media companies have been at the mercy of big tech platforms’ algorithms in delivering them readers. But with no guarantee of sustained revenue, media firms are looking elsewhere.
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While COVID-19 is a real concern for businesses and governments, a more serious issue right now is the wider impact of heavily recycled information on society.
We claim not to trust social media yet it seems to shape our political opinions.
If only it was this easy.
Even established political parties are using a host of tricks to manipulate the news.
The Conservative Party’s official Twitter feed was changed to resemble an independent fact checking site during the leaders’ debate.
The voting public is being forced to wade through a fog of disinformation thanks to some cynical ploys.
Boris Johnson recording a television interview before a leadership hustings event in July 2019.
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Research suggests that people still depend on the mainstream media for their news. It’s more important than ever that journalists earn that trust.
Media Files: ACCC seeks to clip wings of tech giants like Facebook and Google but international effort is required.
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In Dickens' era, international copyright law developed from a worldwide effort to deal with a global problem. Is it time to tackle tech giants the same way? A journalist and a media owner explain.
The Zimbabwean government recently shutdown the internet by ordering mobile companies to withhold mobile data.
Shutting down or controlling access to the internet has become a go-to strategy among some African states who want to control the political narrative.
New research shows that more and more of our public conversation is unfolding within a dwindling coterie of sites that are controlled by a small few, largely unregulated and geared primarily to profit rather than public interest.
New research into the economics of attention online casts doubt on the net’s role in fostering public debate, and raises concerns about the future of democracy.
How much do these Mumbai commuters trust what they’re seeing online?
Three trends suggest people in less developed nations – who are coming online in greater numbers – use and trust the internet very differently those in more developed economies.
People who share potential misinformation on Twitter (in purple) rarely get to see corrections or fact-checking (in orange).
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Information on social media can be misleading because of biases in three places – the brain, society and algorithms. Scholars are developing ways to identify and display the effects of these biases.
Many people are turned away by abusive language on online news sites but new research reveals that only 15 per cent of comments are “nasty.”
Are online trolls as bad as we think? New research reveals that most online news comments contribute positively to the conversation.
Under fire: Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
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A scholar of digital trust evaluates Facebook’s current efforts and proposes some improvements the company could make.
Still on top.
Even as the news market transforms, BBC News is still the dominant force. Why?