From the Blog

  1. With the vast array of options of what to watch online, have you ever wondered why you picked that new comedy or that old documentary? Would you have chosen to watch them if they were on terrestrial TV? How much were you nudged to choose them by subtle prompts from the online streaming platforms?

  2. News organizations—including Bloomberg, Reuters, and The Economist—have been using A.I. powered video services to meet growing audience demand for audio-visual material. Our new research shows that such automated production of news videos is better with human supervision.

  3. Back in 2018, some US news sites—like the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune—shut out EU visitors in order to comply with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). My new study shows these temporary blocks had long-term negative effects on EU visitor numbers, even years later.

  4. 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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  5. 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.

  6. 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.