Monday, 25 November 2013

Professor Couldry fears the consequences of Big Data





Kristofer Jäntti blogs about Nick Couldry’s lecture on the dangers of Big Data


Nick Couldry, Professor of Media, Communications and Social Theory at the LSE, gave a lecture last week about three prevailing myths around the social role of media as a part of the LSE lecture series. He charts these myths starting from the inception mass media to the enthusiasm surrounding Big Data today. These myths have a pivotal role in shaping our view of society as the media consists of ‘institutions with the power over the means of representing shared reality’.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Roberto Unger calls for a high-energy democracy




Kristofer Jäntti blogs about Roberto Unger’s suggestions for an alternative programme for British Labour


Professor Roberto Unger, the social theorist, the philosopher and politician, gave a lecture entitled ‘The Labour Party and the British Alternative’ at the IPPR offices in London last week. His ideas suggests a new framework for Centre-left Politics in which the narrow call for egalitarian redistribution within the post war institutional arrangement is jettisoned for what he calls ‘deep freedom’ in which 'societies possess both the institutional and the conceptual means to create novel varieties of political, economic and social pluralism’ (Unger 2013: 97).

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Recent trends in media regulation


 
Kristofer Jäntti blogs about the CAMRI/FACE workshop in London


Traditional broadcast media is facing financial challenges from both reduced public funds and the increased importance of the media, as well calls for public guidelines for regulation in the wake of Snowden-gate and the UK phone-hacking scandal. Last week Communications scholars from Finland and the UK held a workshop discussing the future of European public broadcasting as well as the prospects of increased public oversight. These changes have consequences for democratic society.

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Mozilla Festival and Archives Without Walls




Head of Society Programme Antti Halonen blogs about the recent web making festival in Ravensbourne.

The Finnish Institute was privileged to take part in the annual web making feast of Mozilla Festival in late October. 

According to Mark Surman, the chief executive of Mozilla, the event is “where many of Mozilla’s best and most innovative ideas spring to life. It’s where passionate thinkers and inventors come together to learn from one another and engage in a conversation about how the web can do more, and do better”. Exactly the right place for us.