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Past Project

Research Sprint on Takedowns and Transparency with Lumen

During the Spring of 2022, a cohort of international participants took part in a 9-week online research sprint. Sprint participants worked with members of the Lumen Database team and Berkman Klein Center staff,  as well as outside experts to tackle pressing issues concerning online governance and transparency. The Lumen Database is a repository of takedown requests sent to online intermediaries, and a critical resource for the study of the notice and takedown phenomenon. Participants familiarized themselves with the nuances of the global notice and the takedown ecosystem and collaborated to produce a working draft of a Statement of Best Practices regarding takedown transparency. These statements are intended primarily for Online Services Providers (OSP) that are the recipients of takedown notices but will also be useful for other relevant stakeholders. The resulting draft statement will become the first stage of an iterative, consultative process on takedown transparency guided by Lumen.


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Jul 21, 2022

Toward Best Practices around Online Content Removal Requests

Recap and resources from the Lumen/BKC "Takedowns and Transparency" research sprint...

Mar 3, 2022

Lumen Database Leads Research Sprint Exploring Best Practices For Transparency around Online Content Takedowns

Global cohort of scholars, professionals, and civil society representatives consider norms and regulations for removal of online content

BKC's Lumen Database is launching nine-week “Takedowns and Transparency Research Sprint"...

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Lumen collects and studies online content removal requests, providing transparency and supporting research and analysis of the Web's notice and takedown ecosystem, in terms of who…