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An Industry-Led Debate: How UK Media Cover Artificial Intelligence


In this factsheet, the Programme on Misinformation, Science and Media analyse eight months of reporting on artificial intelligence (AI) in six mainstream news outlets in the United Kingdom to understand how AI is emerging as a public issue. The mixed-methods analysis reveals that a majority of articles are pegged to industry concerns, and a plurality of sources originate from industry. Coverage frequently amplifies self-interested assertions of AI’s value and potential, while positioning AI primarily as a private commercial concern and undercutting the role of public action in addressing AI.


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J. Scott Brennen
Philip Howard
Rasmus Nielsen

Type: Journal Articles & Working Papers