Should governments regulate online platforms? | The Hindu Parley podcast

Reasonable regulation is democratic, but the moral panic around big tech is muddying the waters.

Updated - May 11, 2021 04:34 pm IST

Published - February 25, 2021 07:38 pm IST

Australia’s new News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code will force platforms like Facebook and Google to pay local media outlets and publishers to link their content in news feeds or search results. The Australian law is being seen as one of the early shots fired in the coming battle by countries to regulate tech giants to take back some of the control they have on global communications.

But is it an ideal regulatory model? Won’t regulating the platforms affect free speech? Is regulating platforms the way to save the news media business that is in the doldrums? Here we discuss the issue.

Guests: Dwayne Winseck , Professor, School of Journalism and Communication, Carleton University, Canada; Jeff Jarvis , Director, Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at City University of New York’s Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism.

Host:P.J. George

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