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The Markup

Ads Are Impersonating Government Websites in Google Results, Despite Ban

Rebecca Tushnet discusses advertising law with The Markup

May 13, 2021

People of color have a new fight: techno-racism

Mutale Nkonde discusses techno-racism and facial recognition software with CNN.

May 11, 2021
Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University

Forum Logic: Topical, with a side of toxicity

Looking back at topic-based social networks may offer one way forward for social media

May 11, 2021
Boston Review

Race, Policing, and The Limits of Social Science

Lily Hu argues that studying the social world requires more than deference to data

May 6, 2021

Fix Section 230 and hold tech companies to account

Danielle Citron says making social media sites act on content such as nonconsensual porn and violent conspiracies would…

May 6, 2021

Stop Showing Violent Police Videos

Allissa Richardson interviewed by WBUR

May 6, 2021
The Atlantic

Somebody Has to Do It

evelyn douek says Facebook’s made-up court is filling an enormous legal void.

May 6, 2021

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At the Crossroads of Digital Imperialism & Digital Development

Ofunmilayo Arewa and Thomas Streinz join Jacquelene Mwangi and Padmashree Gehl Sampath as they discuss the political…

Mistrust: How to revitalize civics at a moment of low public trust in institutions

Author and digital communities scholar Ethan Zuckerman, in conversation with Martha Minow, discusses his new book on…

Restoring US Leadership for Global Health

A discussion with government officials on plans to restore US leadership for global health.

Assembly Project Fellowship Showcase

An inside look at the work of the 2021 Assembly Fellows on Disinformation, Privacy, and Ethical AI

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Summer Institute

The Summer Institute is a fully online educational program offered to undergraduate and graduate students by the…

Assembly: Disinformation

The Assembly: Disinformation Program brings together participants from academia, industry, government, and civil…

BKC Policy Practice: Artificial Intelligence

The BKC Policy Practice on Artificial Intelligence (BKC PP: AI) is a public interest-oriented program that helps…

BKC Policy Practice: Digital Pandemic Response

The BKC Policy Practice on Digital Pandemic Response is an interdisciplinary program that works with public and private…

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Youth and Media

Youth and Media (YaM) encompasses an array of research, advocacy, and development initiatives around youth (age 12-18)…

Web Integrity Project

The Web Integrity Project (WIP) monitors changes to government websites

The Ethics of Digitalization

Led by the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG), the Berkman Klein Center, and the Digital…


Lumen collects and studies online content removal requests, providing transparency and supporting research and analysis…