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Regulating the second screen?

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The multitude of screens of all sizes -not just second, but third and even more- which now surround the ‘first screen’ of the television set, clearly pose problems for regulation. Speakers at the Forum had plenty of data to demonstrate that the use of both supplementary and alternative media is rapidly increasing. The eyes of the 21st century audience flick up and down, from TV to smart phone and back (this is not split attention, argued Don Biddle, it’s double attention). But there was a sense that the enormity of this change is still finding everyone unprepared.

In particular where does it leave the regulator?

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Freedom of Information at risk?
Hard-won 'rights to know' might be restricted by future expenditure cuts in Whitehall and campaigners fear the Freedom of Information Act could become a target for efficiency savings. Listen to our latest podcast about threats to FOI, with Nicholas Jones.
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