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Christian Fuchs and Klaus Unterberger, eds. 2021. The Public Service 
Media and Public Service Internet Manifesto. London: University of 
Westminster Press. 135 pages
Open access book: http://doi.org/10.16997/book60

This open access book presents the collectively authored Public Service 
Media and Public Service Internet Manifesto and accompanying materials.

The Manifesto has been signed by around 1,000 endorsers, including 
Jürgen Habermas, Noam Chomsky, International Federation of Journalists, 
European Federation of Journalists, International Association for Media 
and Communication Research, European Communication Research and 
Education Association. It can be signed at http://bit.ly/signPSManifesto

The Internet and the media landscape are broken. The dominant commercial 
Internet platforms endanger democracy. They have created a 
communications landscape overwhelmed by surveillance, advertising, fake 
news, hate speech, conspiracy theories, and algorithmic politics. 
Commercial Internet platforms have harmed citizens, users, everyday 
life, and society. Democracy and digital democracy require Public 
Service Media. A democracy-enhancing Internet requires Public Service 
Media becoming Public Service Internet platforms – an Internet of the 
public, by the public, and for the public; an Internet that advances 
instead of threatens democracy and the public sphere. The Public Service 
Internet is based on Internet platforms operated by a variety of Public 
Service Media, taking the public service remit into the digital age. The 
Public Service Internet provides opportunities for public debate, 
participation, and the advancement of social cohesion.

Accompanying the Manifesto are materials that informed its creation: 
Christian Fuchs’ report of the results of the Public Service 
Media/Internet Survey, the written version of Graham Murdock’s online 
talk on public service media today, and a summary of an ecomitee.com 
discussion of the Manifesto’s foundations.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction
Christian Fuchs and Klaus Unterberger

Chapter 2: The Public Service Media and Public Service Internet Manifesto

Chapter 3: The Public Service Media and Public Service Internet Utopias 
Survey Report
Christian Fuchs

Chapter 4: Public Service Media for Critical Times: Connectivity, 
Climate, and Corona
Graham Murdock

Chapter 5: The Future of Public Service Media and the Internet
Alessandro D’Arma, Christian Fuchs, Minna Horowitz and Klaus Unterberger

Translations of the Manifesto are available here: