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Centre for the Study of Media, Communication and Power


Many critical developments in digital media and on the internet – in terms of legal precedents, new legislation, public policy and regulation – are likely to happen in Europe over the next decade, and will set global precedents. The Centre does research to help inform these developments.

The research of the Centre explores:

  • How news provision, political communication, public discourse and civic engagement are changing in the digital age, and whether new safeguards may be needed to protect citizens or to preserve civic freedoms in this new digital environment
  • Our reliance on digital intermediaries – such as Google and Facebook - and their corresponding media platforms and services
  • The inter-relationships between digital intermediaries and the existing Fourth Estate, and how the existing Fourth Estate is adapting to the new digital environment
  • How governments, organisations and civil societies are responding to the changing shifting power in media and communications
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