Archive for 2018

Forthcoming book: Democracy Hacked

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Coming out on 27th September 2018, published by Oneworld Publications (and out in the US on 23rd October 2018)

In the space of one election cycle, authoritarian governments, moneyed elites and fringe hackers figured out how to game elections, bypass democratic processes, and turn social networks into battlefields. Facebook, Google and Twitter – where our politics now takes place – have lost control and are struggling to claw it back.

Prepare for a new strain of democracy. A world of datafied citizens, real-time surveillance, enforced wellness and pre-crime. Where switching your mobile platform will have more impact on your life than switching your government. Where freedom and privacy are seen as incompatible with social wellbeing and compulsory transparency.

As our lives migrate online, we have become increasingly vulnerable to a system founded on selling your attention to the highest bidder. Our laws don’t cover what is happening and our politicians don’t understand it. But if we don’t change the rulebook now, we may not get another chance.

Written by Martin Moore

July 19th, 2018 at 2:18 pm

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Digital Dominance: The Power of Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple

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Edited by Martin Moore and Damian Tambini, Oxford University Press, June 2018

‘The power of the big technology companies is a mounting, persistent problem we face in the digital era. Digital Dominance is the first book to offer a comprehensive assessment of these companies’ climb to power and why it matters. With chapters by the some of the world’s leading researchers, it spells out the economic, political and social impacts of “big tech”. This timely book is essential reading, not only for those directly involved in internet regulation and other policy responses to these challenges, but also to all citizens wishing to understand the implications of digital dominance – one of the most powerful forces shaping our world.’

“This book will help make sure that tech serves, rather than dominates, humanity” Frank Pasquale, author of The Black Box Society

Table of Contents

Introduction, Martin Moore and Damian Tambini

Section 1: Economy

1. The Evolution of Digital Dominance: How and why we got to GAFA

Patrick Barwise and Leo Watkins

2. Platform Dominance: The shortcomings of antitrust policy

Diane Coyle

3. When Data Evolves into Market Power: Data concentration and data abuse under competition law

Inge Graef

4. Amazon: An Infrastructure Service and its Challenge to Current Antitrust Law

Lina Khan

Section 2: Society

5. Platform Reliance, Information Intermediaries and News Diversity: A look at the evidence

Nic Newman and Richard Fletcher

6. Challenging Diversity: Social media platforms and a new conception of media diversity

Natali Helberger

7. The Power of Providence: The role of platforms in leveraging the legibility of users to accentuate inequality

Orla Lynskey

8. Digital Agenda Setting: Re-examining the role of platform monopolies

Justin Schlosberg

9. Free Expression?: Dominant information intermediaries as arbiters of internet speech

Ben Wagner

10. The Dependent Press: How Silicon Valley threatens independent journalism

Emily Bell

Section 3: Politics

11. Social Media Power and Election Legitimacy

Damian Tambini

12. Manipulating Minds: The power of search engines to influence votes and opinions

Robert Epstein

13. I Vote For: How search informs our choice of candidate

Nick Diakopoulos, Daniel Trielli, Jennifer Stark, and Sean Mussenden

14. Social Dynamics in the Age of Credulity: The misinformation risk and its fallout

Fabiana Zollo and Walter Quattriociochi

15. Platform Power and Responsibility in the Attention Economy

John Naughton


Damian Tambini and Martin Moore


Written by Martin Moore

May 16th, 2018 at 12:19 pm

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Recent articles

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Other occasional posts and talks can be found at

Caught in the middle: the BBC’s impossible impartiality dilemma’, with Gordon Ramsay, in Einar Thorsen, Dan Jackson, Darren Lilleker (eds.) UK Election Analysis 2017: Media, Voters and the Campaign – Early Reflections from Leading Academics, Political Studies Association

Lessons for the election campaign from UK media’s role in Brexit’, with Gordon Ramsay in The Conversation, May 10 2017

Who will hold the biggest corporations in the world to account if news publishers are their junior partners?Press Gazette, 27 April 2017

Society will be defined by how we deal with tech giants’, The Observer, 2 April 2017

Here’s why the Murdochs’ bid for control of Sky must be referred to Ofcom’, The Conversation, March 3 2017

News publishers — if you’re worried about Facebook, stop colluding with it’, Open Democracy, 11 November 2016,

Brexit, digital media, and political populism’, The New European, August 2016

Depleted local media threatens ability to hold those in power to account’, The Conversation, April 25 2016

Imagine if Google or Facebook took a line on the EU referendumThe Conversation, March 31 2016

How to stop the tech giants turning us into techo-serfs’, New Statesman, 9 February 2015,

After years of talk, a regulator is willing to take on Google‘, The Conversation, April 30 2015

Written by Martin Moore

May 16th, 2018 at 9:21 am

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