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Politico: British MP Damian Collins talks tech

Article by Alexandra S. Levine on 02/05/2020. Full article here. During a visit Tuesday to the POLITICO newsroom near Washington, Collins said he plans to press the British government to avoid Section 230-like language in a post-Brexit trade deal with the U.S. That domestic law limits websites' liability for what users post, and its export […]

BBC News: BBC suspends Red Button text switch-off

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-51295430 The BBC has suspended the closure of its Red Button text service after protests, a day before it was due to have started being phased out. The news comes days after a petition, organised by the National Federation of the Blind of the UK (NFBUK), was handed in to the BBC and Downing Street. […]

Financial Times: BBC under fire over consultancy hired to tackle gender pay gap

By Mark Di Stephano, 17 January 2019 https://www.ft.com/content/79354020-386d-11ea-a6d3-9a26f8c3cba4 The BBC is under fire from its own staff for hiring an employment consultancy to help tackle its gender pay gap because the firm’s own gender pay gap is twice the size of the public service broadcaster’s. Croner was brought in by the BBC in Autumn 2018 […]

Brands need to call out social platforms on authenticity

Article by Gurjit Degun, for Campaign, on 8 January 2020 Damian Collins, former chair of parliament's culture committee, has urged brands to call out social media platforms on the authenticity of the accounts that their content is being advertised against. Speaking at the Campaign Breakfast Briefing event in London this morning, the MP for Folkestone and Hythe […]

Sky Sports: Antonio Rudiger - How are authorities responding to Chelsea defender's racism claim at Tottenham?

From Sky Sports News on 23/12/2019 - full article here Damian Collins MP is standing for re-election for chairman of the DCMS select committee and says he could push to strengthen the law if instances of racism continue. He said: "Hopefully when the committees are reformed this is something we can look at - and […]

Evening Standard: Minister will talk to Spurs about ‘monkey chants’ at Chelsea game

Article by Nicholas Cecil and Anthony France for the Evening Standard Sports minister Nigel Adams today warned that “there is no place for racism in football” after monkey chants were allegedly directed at Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger during the derby clash at Spurs. Mr Adams was due to speak to Tottenham directors today after the reported incident at the club’s […]

General Election 2019: Folkestone and Hythe result

Article by Alex Jee, published on KentOnline here Conservative MP Damian Collins has retained his seat in Folkestone and Hythe with a resounding victory. Mr Collins defeated seven other candidates competing for the constituency in the first December General Election since 1923. The incumbent MP received 35,483 votes, granting him a majority of 21,337 over second placed Laura Davison […]

Kent Online: The Jeremy Kyle Show slammed in report by MPs

Details have emerged of the behind-the-scenes conduct of production staff working on The Jeremy Kyle Show. Folkestone and Hythe MP Damian Collins oversaw a government inquiry into reality television. MPs saw footage which was handed over to them from a whistleblower. The inquiry was launched after one of the show's participants, Steve Dymond, died one week […]

The New Statesman: Damian Collins on electoral law, disinformation and Dominic Cummings

Last year, parliament summoned Alexander Nix to answer questions on fake news and disinformation. The chief executive of Cambridge Analytica began his appearance before the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee by reading out a pre-prepared statement. “Before I answer your questions, I’d like to make a few short clarifications.” The chair […]

Evening Express: Facebook staff demand more scrutiny of political ads

Facebook staff have called on boss Mark Zuckerberg to increase scrutiny on political advertising in order to stop the spread of misinformation on the platform. Hundreds of employees at the social network have signed an open letter urging the company to reconsider a policy which allows politicians to make claims not subject to fact-checking in […]

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