PR & Marketing Professionals respond to ​Online Harms White Paper

An independent body should regulate digital companies and have the ability to impose fines on those that breach their duty of care according to a joint Department for Culture Media and Sport and Home Office report. The long-awaited Online Harms White Paper echoes recent calls for tougher regulation including from the House of Lords ‘Regulating in a Digital World’ report and DCMS’s report on fake news and disinformation. The Paper calls for digital companies to outline measures they are taking to ensure a duty of care through signing up to…

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DCMS announce their support for a £30m Social Tech Venture Fund

Social Tech Trust, the UK’s leading dedicated supporter of socially motivated tech ventures has received the backing of the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to set up the Social Tech Venture Fund. The announcement demonstrates the Government’s commitment to encouraging greater access to capital to enable socially motivated tech ventures to grow and scale their social impact.  It will address many of the challenges outlined in the Civil Society Strategy, with a focus on social transformation in three key areas; communities, health and financial inclusion. In his…

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CIPR backs DCMS calls for tighter social media regulation

Dishonest communication aimed at influencing public behaviour poses a direct threat to democratic values, according to a report published by the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee. The cross-party report – Disinformation and ‘fake news’ – sets out a compelling case for subjecting social media companies to the same regulatory standards applied to traditional forms of media regulated by Ofcom. The report calls on the Government to conduct research into the methods by which misinformation and disinformation are created and spread across the internet.  Sarah Hall Chart.PR, FCIPR, CIPR President said: This report is…

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New review launched of press sustainability in the UK

The UK has always benefited from a strong, well established and diverse press sector. However over the past decade the way in which people consume news has been transformed. Many UK newspapers have a strong online presence but falling print circulations and changes to advertising trends have caused the press sector to experience declining revenues. Latest figures show that around two thirds of local authority areas don’t have a daily local newspaper. The review will investigate the overall health of the news media, looking at the range of news available…

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DCMS and Big Lottery Fund launch £4.5m social action fund

A new funding programme supporting communities to take action on issues which matter locally has been launched by the Big Lottery Fund and Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). The Placed Based Social Action programme will support established partnerships to put social action at the heart of plans to make a positive difference in their local area. The £4.5 million of National Lottery and government funding will increase the capacity of communities, civil society organisations, public sector bodies and businesses to work together to address priorities which matter…

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