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Public Affairs and Media Policy

Public Affairs and Media Policy

Welcome to the page dedicated to WAN-IFRA's work on media policy. Here we collect information related to the policy issues most crucial to the news media industry.

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The measure cancels existing privacy rules, approved in October 2016, that require Internet Service Providers to get users’ consent before selling their private information.

Alert that content has been disputed is being tested with a specific article, but a wider application is to be expected.

Andrus Ansip says he favours self-regulation and enforcing existing EU laws rather than legislating against certain kinds of content.

After seeing their ads appear close to extremist material, several “companies, advertising firms and government departments” are either pulling their adverts from Google and YouTube, or are reviewing whether to do so.

The newspaper withdraws all online ads from Google's advertising services after ads for its membership scheme were placed alongside extremist material.

Authorities decry the proliferation of misinformation and propaganda on the internet, and technology companies are wrestling with various measures to combat fake news. But addressing the problem without infringing on the right to free expression and the free flow of information is extremely...

The internet is allowing artists, creators and journalists to create stronger connections with their audiences than ever before. Now, more and more people are also paying for online content.

A draft law would introduce fines up to €50 million for social media platforms that do not swiftly remove hate speech and other illegal content.

The social media giant updated its policy to explicitly forbid the use of Facebook and Instagram users’ data for surveillance purposes.

On the 28th anniversary of the world wide web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee reflects on the alarming trends that now challenge the open web.

British newspaper industry group calls for the UK government to investigate Google’s and Facebook’s advertising supply chain,...

The group urges the US congress and FCC to preserve the net neutrality rules put into place in 2015, while the head of FCC, critic of net neutrality, is renewed for another five-year term.

A new research reveals that the far-right US news media is becoming an increasingly insulated ecosystem, largely circumventing traditional media. 

The New York Times looks into different initiatives that aim to provide people with viewpoints outside their own ideological standing.

Many have suggested promoting news literacy as a solution to the fake news epidemic, but how should the term be understood in today’s media environment?

More voices are joining Microsoft’s call for a digital convention that would establish binding rules for secure cyberspace.

Called CrossChek, the cooperative journalism project aims to fight misinformation, focusing initially on the French presidential elections.

Research shows that the same entity is behind both a group of liberal and conservative websites, manufacturing outrage for the audiences on both sides.

Although the fake news discussions have focused on Facebook and Twitter mainly, the video sharing platform also has a crucial role in the spread of misinformation.

A new research provides insight into how various news publishers approach content distribution on third-party platforms.

Called Perspective, the tool uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to decide automatically whether comments are “toxic”.

Facebook also claims that the legal challenge against user data transfers from the EU to US was “deeply flawed”, and that sufficient privacy protections are already in place.

If the two platforms sold news subscriptions, they could offer dynamically targeted deals by using the vast amount of data that they have on their users. Our take on the latest Monday Note. 

Several major news publishers have signed agreements to provide Yahoo’s News Feed with their articles and videos.

Committing to the creation of a “global community”, Mark Zuckerberg’s open letter shows a slight evolution in the company’s direction, with consequences also to the news media.

The EU copyright reform continues to provoke debate, with some doubting if it will get enough support in the European Parliament.

The convention would establish and enforce global norms for policing government activity in cyberspace.

In the fight against fake news, the Google News verification model may offer some suggestions for the way forward.

European Commission seems aiming to promote the EU’s data protection regime as a global standard.

As of 2018 Europeans will be able to access paid-for digital music, video-on-demand services and video games also when traveling in Europe.

Amit Pai has started to roll back consumer protection regulations, while Democrats pledge to defend net neutrality rules.

Google has added an "anchor" button to AMP pages, allowing users to copy and paste the original URL of the displayed page.

How Brazilian courts have been dealing with issues related to the recognition of a “right to be forgotten”? 

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