As if getting to the bottom of some stories wasn’t hard enough already, the technology to produce fake videos has advanced to the point where it could soon be commonplace.
Recent revelations about the methods of Cambridge Analytica via the whistleblower, Christopher Wylie and Channel 4 confirm the worst and more about what many have suspected for some time.
Is “Platform Power” Crushing the Web? Alarm bells were sounded this week by Tim Berners Lee, creator of the World Wide Web, over the increasing domination of the internet by a very small number of sites.
The government will shortly bring new EU rules on industrial espionage into UK law. But these rules, drawn-up with heavy corporate influence, could create a chill-effect on future corporate whistle-blowers and those who report their stories.
The work on setting up an Independent Media Awards for the UK began in earnest this month. We agreed to hold the awards at the Byline Festival on 24 – 27 August and we have begun the hunt for sponsors.
Last week’s announcement from Culture Secretary Matt Hancock, that a 2nd phase of The Leveson Inquiry would not be pursued and that some aspects of potential press regulation would be repealed, may not be a huge surprise but it still marks a disappointing “get-out-of-jail” card for the billionaire elite propagandists who have so much power over the government.
In this Week’s Media Alert from The Media Fund: The details of a Russian ‘Troll Factory”, an increase in people paying for online news, Media Democracy Festival and our picks of the week!
Activist video collective, Reel News announced a new website. The UK-based platform presents a wide range of videos focussed on the worldwide pushback against oppression and injustice. In their launch statement, Reels News gives some very telling reasons for the move: