Challenged by News Personalisation: Five Perspectives on the Right to Receive Information
Journal of Media Law, 2017, DOI: 10.1080/17577632.2017.1387353
27 Pages Posted: 30 Oct 2017
Date Written: October 26, 2017
More and more news is personalised, based on our personal data and interests. As a result, the focus of media regulation moves from the news producer to the news recipient. This research asks what the fundamental right to receive information means for personalised news consumers and the obligation it imposes on states. However, the right to receive information is under-theorised. Therefore, we develop a framework to understand this right, starting from case law of the European Court of Human Rights. On this basis, we identify five perspectives on the right to receive information: political debate, truth finding, social cohesion, avoidance of censorship and self-development. We evaluate how news personalisation affects the right to receive information, considering these five different perspectives. Our research reveals important policy choices that must be made regarding personalised news considering news consumers’ rights.
Keywords: news personalisation, right to receive information, European Convention on Human Rights, filter bubbles, media diversity
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