Neil Thurman

Professor of Communication
Department of Communication Studies and Media Research
LMU Munich

Neil Thurman

From the Blog

My new study shows displacement effects, circumvention, and legislative scope may limit the efficacy of French attempts to prevent under 18s accessing online pornography. The study has implications for legislators and regulators in democratic countries beyond France as they too grapple with the challenges of regulating online pornography. Furthermore, it extends the often contradictory and/or limited evidence that exists about adolescents' consumption of pornography.

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There is scant evidence about the media platforms and technologies young people use to access pornography, so my colleague Fabian Obster and I conducted a survey of 1,001 16- and 17-year-olds in the UK. Our findings support the Government’s move to regulate social media, but without an international approach and other countermeasures, it seems unlikely their proposals will offer a magic bullet.

Our new edited volume is now available to buy on the Routledge website. It examines the growing importance of algorithms and automation—including emerging forms of artificial intelligence—in the gathering, composition, and distribution of news.

Contributors include: Balázs Bodó, Matt Carlson, David Caswell, Nicholas Diakopoulos, Heather Ford, Andrea L. Guzman, Natali Helberger, Jonathon Hutchinson, Bronwyn Jones, Rhianne Jones, Marko Milosavljević, Jonathan Stray, and Igor Vobič.