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Media, Democracy, & Public Discourse

The way we communicate online evolves and changes shape rapidly. Through research, the building of tools, and bringing together diverse viewpoints and underrepresented voices, we seek to examine, analyze, and address the variety of ways people engage online, the myriad of factors that may influence that engagement (or lack thereof) and to preserve a record for future generations.

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Event
Dec 1, 2020 @ 12:00 PM

The True Costs of Misinformation

Producing Moral and Technical Order in a Time of Pandemonium

Misinformation-at-scale is now a feature of most major social media platforms, what can be done to mitigate its effects on the public? More

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Nov 17, 2020 @ 12:00 PM

Red and Blue Realities: Political Discourse and the 2020 Election

Video & Podcast: How asymmetrically polarized media in the United States shape political discourse

Video & Podcast: How asymmetrically polarized media in the United States shape political discourse More

Publication
Oct 29, 2020

Polarization and the Pandemic: American Political Discourse

Public Discourse in the U.S. 2020 Election: March - May

Tracking political discourse in the U.S. for March, April, and May of 2020 More

News
Oct 28, 2020

Assembly welcomes 2020-2021 Harvard Student Fellows

Cohort from across the University will tackle disinformation on online platforms

Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society launched its third annual Assembly Student Fellowship cohort More

The Breakdown
Oct 27, 2020

The Breakdown: Foreign Interference and the U.S. 2020 Election

Election interference and platform interventions in the lead-up to November 3 More

Oct 6, 2020

Exercises simulate disinformation, foreign influence operations targeting November election

Publication provides the intelligence community, social media companies, state election officials, and news media a resource to plan for the election

Publication features four exercises designed for four key stakeholders working on the front lines of the election More

News
Oct 2, 2020

Tracing the disinformation campaign on mail-in voter fraud

Research shows elites, mass media play an important role in spreading voting misinformation More

Oct 1, 2020

Mail-In Voter Fraud: Anatomy of a Disinformation Campaign

Working paper shows Disinformation Campaign Surrounding the Risk of Voter Fraud Associated with Mail-in Ballots Follows an Elite-Driven, Mass Media Model; Social Media Plays a Secondary Role in 2020

Working paper explores disinformation campaign about mail-in voter fraud More

News
Jun 18, 2020

The Breakdown: Brian Scully on government response to disinformation

Disinformation and the U.S. 2020 presidential election, COVID-19

Disinformation and the U.S. 2020 presidential election, COVID-19 More

News
Jun 4, 2020

The Breakdown: Claire Wardle on disinformation and today’s journalistic conventions

Unpacking journalists’ role in debunking (and inadvertently spreading) disinformation

Unpacking journalists’ role in debunking (and inadvertently spreading) disinformation More

News
May 7, 2020

Introducing: The Breakdown

A brief interview series sharing an inside look at the work of BKC

Through brief interviews, The Breakdown shares an inside look into how members of the Berkman Klein Center community are working on and grappling with difficult topics, and brings… More

News
Apr 23, 2020

Responsibly and Accurately Reporting on COVID-19 Data

“Data Overload” emphasizes challenges reporters face covering pandemic and advice for journalists

“Data Overload” emphasizes challenges reporters face covering pandemic and advice for journalists More

Apr 21, 2020 @ 12:00 PM

[Virtual] Data Overload: Data, Journalism, & COVID-19

Responsibly and accurately interpreting and reporting complicated data

Discussing the challenges journalists face obtaining, analyzing, and explaining data about the current pandemic. More

Harvard Law Today
Apr 15, 2020

How much access to data should be permitted during COVID-19 pandemic?

Urs Gasser explores the risks and benefits of mining data to combat COVID-19

BKC Executive Director Urs Gasser is partnering with colleagues at Harvard Medical School and the T.H. Chan School of Public Health to pioneer the use of mobility… More

Event
Apr 7, 2020 @ 12:00 PM

[Virtual] Bot or Human? Unreliable Automatic Bot Detection

Video & Podcast: An Analysis of Botometer

Video & Podcast: Jonas Kaiser and Adrian Rauchfleisch discuss their paper on Botometer's diagnostic ability over time More

News
Mar 31, 2020

Three new ideas for mitigating disinformation

Assembly discussion explores new ways to mitigate challenges of disinformation

Assembly discussion explores new ways to mitigate challenges of disinformation More

News
Mar 31, 2020

The false positive problem of automatic bot detection in social science research

A study of Botometer's diagnostic ability over time

A study of Botometer's diagnostic ability over time More

Publication
Mar 31, 2020

The false positive problem of automatic bot detection in social science research

A study of Botometer's diagnostic ability over time

A study of Botometer's diagnostic ability over time More

News

Emergency Online Pedagogy

BKC co-director Terry Fisher put together a must-read collection of resources

BKC co-director Terry Fisher put together a must-read collection of resources for transitioning to online teaching, based on his experience teaching CopyrightX and other online…

Mar 13, 2020
News

Early reflections on transitioning to online teaching

Kathy Pham discusses the shift from in-person to Zoom

Mar 12, 2020
News

Q&A: Misinformation and Coronavirus

We asked members of Berkman Klein’s Misinformation Working Group their thoughts about misinformation and the virus.

Jan 30, 2020
News

Inside the Assembly Student Fellowship

Zenzele Best, Program Coordinator for Assembly: Disinformation, offers an inside look at the Assembly Student Fellowship.

Jan 29, 2020
Event
Nov 19, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Sharenthood: How Parents, Teachers, and Other Trusted Adults Harm Youth Privacy & Opportunity

Featuring Leah Plunkett

VIDEO & PODCAST: How and why adults should not (or should) share information about kids and teens through digital technologies More

Oct 22, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Conversion Via Twitter

FEATURING MEGAN PHELPS-ROPER AND BRITTAN HELLER

VIDEO & PODCAST: A discussion about Megan Phelps-Roper's book Unfollow: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church. More

News
Jun 12, 2019

Announcing AccessCheck

Track website accessibility around the world

A new tool to track website accessibility, worldwide, in real time More

News
Apr 3, 2019

Comparative Approaches to Disinformation: Call for Extended Abstracts

Workshop at Harvard University & Special Journal Issues

From misleading news stories around the 2018 Brazil elections to a lynching linked to false social media messages in India in 2019, the deluge of digital disinformation is… More

News
Mar 28, 2019

Freedom of Expression Without Frontiers

Berkman Klein Center Joins Columbia University Led Partnership for a Freedom of Expression Digital Teaching Portal

Close to 300 academic and training resources on the laws, institutions and actors that have founded a global system of freedom of expression, information and media More

News
Mar 12, 2019

Announcing the Winners of the AI and the News Open Challenge

Seven projects that tackle artificial intelligence in the field of news and information More

Event
Mar 12, 2019 @ 12:30 PM

Digital Democracy, Analogue Politics

How the Internet Era is Transforming Kenya

PODCAST & VIDEO: Join us for a conversation with author Nanjala Nyabola and 2017 Berkman Klein Fellow Grace Mutung'u about Nanjala's book, Digital Democracy, Analogue Politics:… More

News

How to deal with cyberbullying

Berkman Kleins' Digital Literacy Resource Platform was recently rolled out in the UK to help teachers fight back against cyberbullying

Mar 6, 2019
Feb 26, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Waking Up to the Internet Platform Disaster

Featuring the author Roger McNamee in conversation with Lawrence Lessig

PODCAST & VIDEO: A former mentor to Mark Zuckerberg explains the danger posed by Facebook, Google and other internet platforms and what we must do about it. More

Harvard Law Today
Feb 20, 2019

Zittrain and Zuckerberg discuss encryption, ‘information fiduciaries’ and targeted advertisements

CEO visits with students from the University’s Techtopia program and Zittrain’s Internet and Society course

Should Facebook be considered an “information fiduciary” when it comes to the privacy of its clients? More

Publication
Jan 16, 2019

Internet Censorship and the Intraregional Geopolitical Conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa

How do adversarial relationships between states translate into Internet censorship practices? More

News
Jan 11, 2019

Get to Know Nieman-Berkman Klein Fellow Jonathan Jackson

Jonathan Jackson is looking for frameworks and unique ways to measure black cultural influence (and the economic impact of black creativity) in the US and around the world More

News
Jan 11, 2019

Get to Know Berkman Klein Fellow Paola Ricuarte Quijano

a spotlight on one of our 2018-2019 BKC Fellows

News
Dec 9, 2018

Network Propaganda named one of the best books of 2018

The Guardian celebrates some of our research as the most important of the year. More

News

Facebook leader sits down with Harvard’s Jonathan Zittrain

Professor Jonathan Zittrain discusses the social media giant’s ‘long year’ with Facebook's head of global policy management Monika Bickert.

Dec 5, 2018
Event
Dec 4, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

“My Constellation is Space”: Towards a Theory of Black Cyberculture

Featuring Dr. André L. Brock, Georgia Tech

VIDEO & PODCAST: Utilizing critical technocultural discourse analysis, Afro-optimism, and libidinal economic theory, Dr. Andre Brock employs Black Twitter as an exemplar of Black… More

Event
Nov 6, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

The State of Government Technology

Assessing Government Development, Deployment, and Use of Tech Tools

VIDEO & PODCAST: A close look at the inner workings of government, with a particular focus on the ways in which federal, state, and local government institutions leverage… More

Event
Oct 30, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Custodians of the Internet

Platforms, Content Moderation, and the Hidden Decisions that Shape Social Media

Publication
Oct 15, 2018

Network Propaganda

Manipulation, Disinformation, and Radicalization in American Politics

The most comprehensive study yet published on media coverage of American presidential politics from April 2015 to the one year anniversary of the Trump presidency More

Event
Oct 4, 2018 @ 5:30 PM

Network Propaganda

Manipulation, Disinformation, and Radicalization in American Politics

VIDEO & PODCAST: New research on the media ecosystem around the 2016 US election offer new perspectives and methods for diagnosing the sources of, and potential solutions for, the… More

Event
Sep 11, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Antisocial Media

How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy

Siva Vaidhyanathan discusses his new book More

Event
Apr 9, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Remedies for Cyber Defamation

Criminal Libel, Anti-Speech Injunctions, Forgeries, Frauds, and More

“Cheap speech” has massively increased ordinary people’s access to mass communications -- both for good and for ill. How has the system of remedies for defamatory, privacy… More

Jan 23, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

The Dark Side of the Networked Public Sphere

featuring Jonas Kaiser, Berkman Klein Affiliate

In this talk, Berkman Klein affiliate Jonas Kaiser will share some of his research on the networked public sphere. "The right-wing is rising. Not only in the United States but… More

Publication
Dec 10, 2017

Voices from the Atrato River

Digital Media and Internally Displaced People in Colombia

Andrés Lombana-Bermudez on citizen media and Afro-Colombian youth More

Event
Dec 5, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

Black Users, Enclaving, and Methodological Challenges in a Shifting Digital Landscape

featuring Sarah Florini, Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies, Department of English Arizona State University

Researchers often consider the technological practices of Black Americans for insight into race and cultural production. But, Black users are regularly at the digital vanguard,… More

Event
Nov 21, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

Badges of Oppression, Positions of Strength

Digital Black Feminist Discourse and the Legacy of Black Women’s Technology Use

The use of online technology by black feminist thinkers has changed the principles, praxis, and product of black feminist writing and simultaneously has changed the technologies… More

Publication
Nov 9, 2017

An Open Letter to the Members of the Massachusetts Legislature Regarding the Adoption of Actuarial Risk Assessment Tools in the Criminal Justice System

This open letter — signed by Harvard and MIT-based faculty, staff, and researchers— is directed to the Massachusetts Legislature to inform its consideration of risk assessment… More

Event
Oct 31, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

The March for Science: How a viral moment starts a movement

with public health researcher and educator Caroline Weinberg, MD, MPH

The March for Science went viral when it was nothing more than a name -- the very idea of a movement in defense of science in policy was enough to ignite the passion of more than… More

Event
Oct 24, 2017 @ 5:00 PM

Safe Spaces, Brave Spaces

with author John Palfrey, Head of School at Phillips Academy, Andover

Often in today’s political climate our commitments to liberty and equality are set at odds with one another. This tension is nowhere more evident than when we pit free expression… More

Event
Oct 17, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

Will Wikipedia exist in 20 years?

Featuring Katherine Maher, Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation, in conversation with Harvard Law School Professor Yochai Benkler

Join us for a stimulating conversation highlighting different perspectives of the question, "Will Wikipedia exist in 20 years?" More

Event
Oct 4, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

Did Fake News Save Kenya from an Internet Shutdown? Emerging Trends in Tech and Elections in Africa​

featuring Grace Mutung'u, the 2016/17 OTF Information Controls Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center

Technology and elections and the politics of technology​. How use of technology in Kenyan elections is shaping Internet freedom in Africa. More

Event
Sep 19, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

The Line Between Hate and Debate

featuring Monika Bickert, Facebook’s Head of Global Policy Management in conversation with Professor Jonathan Zittrain

As society figures out what is acceptable and what is harmful, can technology play a role in improving online debate? More

News
Aug 16, 2017

Partisan Right-Wing Websites Shaped Mainstream Press Coverage Before 2016 Election, Berkman Klein Study Finds

The Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University today released a comprehensive analysis of online media and social media coverage of the 2016 presidential… More

Aug 16, 2017

Partisanship, Propaganda, and Disinformation: Online Media and the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election

In this study, we analyze both mainstream and social media coverage of the 2016 United States presidential election. More

Aug 14, 2017

Perspectives on Harmful Speech Online

This collection of short essays and opinion pieces on harmful speech online covers a broad spectrum of thought and ideas from the Berkman Klein community. More

News
Aug 8, 2017

Harmful Speech Online: At the Intersection of Algorithms and Human Behavior

A workshop exploring how algorithms and human behavior can both enable and prevent harmful speech online

How do algorithms and human behavior intersect to impact the spread and study of harmful speech online? More

News
Jul 10, 2017

The Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Fund Commits $7.6 Million to Support the Development of AI in the Public Interest

With the Berkman Klein Center and  MIT Media Lab as academic anchor institutions, the Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Fund announced today funding for nine… More

Event
Jun 28, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

Jonny Sun and Jonathan Zittrain in conversation

Author of the Book “everyone’s a aliebn when ur a aliebn too” by jomny sun (the aliebn)

Join Jonny Sun, the author of the popular Twitter account @jonnysun, for a conversation in celebration of his new book “everyone’s a aliebn when ur a aliebn too” by jomny sun (the… More

Event
May 9, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

Twitter and Tear Gas with Zeynep Tufekci

The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest

Join us for this firsthand account and incisive analysis of modern protest, revealing internet-fueled social movements’ greatest strengths and frequent challenges. More

Event
May 3, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

Digital Rights and Online Harassment in the Global South

featuring Berkman Klein Affiliate, Nighat Dad

An inside look at the challenges facing women, human rights defenders, and other internet users in Pakistan, from online harassment to privacy and free expression. More

Event
Apr 25, 2017 @ 4:00 PM

The International State of Digital Rights, a Conversation with the UN Special Rapporteur

David Kaye in conversation with Nani Jansen Reventlow

UN Special Rapporteur on the… More

Event
Apr 19, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

A More Perfect Internet

Promoting Digital Civility and Combating Cyber-Violence

An exploration of issues related to digital incivility with an emphasis on cyber-violence. When digital turns incivil, how does the law respond? More

Event
Mar 23, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

Fake News, Concrete Responses

At the Nexus of Law, Technology, and Social Narratives

Join us for a special Harvard Law School-Berkman Klein Fake News Lunch Panel moderated by Martha Minow, Dean of Harvard Law School More

Event
Mar 14, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

An Introduction to Media Cloud

Mapping the attention and influence of news

The recent US election, and related conversations about misinformation, have brought questions about media influence to the forefront of internet research and communications… More

Event
Mar 10, 2017 @ 4:00 PM

#Republic: Divided

Democracy in the Age of Social Media

In this revealing book, Cass Sunstein, the New York Times bestselling author of Nudge and The World According to Star Wars, shows how today's Internet is driving political… More

Event
Feb 23, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

Public Health Echo Chambers in a Time of Mistrust & Misinformation - Digital Health @ Harvard, February 2017

with Berkman Klein fellows Natalie Gyenes and Brittany Seymour

Research shows that public health information networks online have been largely unsuccessful in driving an evidence-based information network narrative around key health topics… More

News
Jan 10, 2017

Berkman Klein Center and MIT Media Lab to Collaborate on the Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence

Supported by the Knight Foundation, Omidyar Network, LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman, Hewlett Foundation, and more

Several foundations and funders today announced the Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Fund, which will support interdisciplinary research to ensure that AI develops… More

Publication
Dec 8, 2016

Preliminary Findings on Online Hate Speech and the Law in India

This briefing paper outlines preliminary issues that we noted while conducting a detailed study of hate speech laws in India. It teases out some of the major concerns that arise… More

Publication
Dec 8, 2016

Grassroots Perspectives on Hate Speech, Race, and Inequality in Brazil and Colombia

Through interviews with leaders of civil society organizations (CSOs) and a review of existing literature, this study discusses efforts and interventions that CSOs have employed… More

Dec 8, 2016

Understanding Harmful Speech Online

This paper offers reflections and observations on the state of research related to harmful speech online. More

Publication
Dec 8, 2016

Defining Hate Speech

This essay seeks to review some of the various attempts to define hate speech, and pull from them a series of traits that can be used to frame hate speech with a higher degree of… More

Event
Apr 27, 2016 @ 9:00 AM

Digital Racist Speech in Latin America: Narratives and Counter-Narratives

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society hosts a conference to explore the dynamics of hate speech targeted toward Afro-descendent populations in Latin America, and the existing… More

Publication
Mar 9, 2016

Mobilization for Change

The role of the networked public sphere in advancing civic participation and collective action in the Arab region

“Mobilization for Change” is a series of reports examining the role of the networked public sphere in advancing civic participation and collective action in the Arab region. More

News
Nov 8, 2015

Berkman at the Internet Governance Forum

The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is a multistakeholder forum for policy dialogue on issues of Internet governance. The Berkman Center and our colleagues from the Network of… More

Jun 6, 2015

Youth Online and News: A Phenomenological View on Diversity

Journal Article

Cortesi, S., & Gasser, U. (2015). Youth online and news: A phenomenological view on diversity. International Journal of Communication. … More

Publication
Feb 10, 2015

Score Another One for the Internet? The Role of the Networked Public Sphere in the U.S. Net Neutrality Policy Debate

A new paper from the Media Cloud team concludes that a diverse set of actors working in conjunction through the networked public sphere played a central, arguably decisive, role… More

Publication
Jun 4, 2014

Who Gets a Press Pass?

Media Credentialing Practices in the United States

This study, the first of its kind to perform a quantitative examination of media credentialing in the United States, surveys the experience of journalists throughout the country… More

Oct 18, 2013

The Challenges of Defining 'News Literacy'

This brief seeks to stimulate a discussion among the grantees about different approaches to defining, framing, and understanding core concepts such as 'news' and 'news literacy',… More

Publication
Jul 25, 2013

Social Mobilization and the Networked Public Sphere: Mapping the SOPA-PIPA Debate

This paper uses a new set of online research tools to develop a detailed study of the public debate over proposed legislation in the United States designed to give prosecutors and… More

Event
May 4, 2013 @ 9:00 AM

Filling the News Gap in Cambridge and Beyond: Citizen Journalism and Grassroots Media

The event will explore the quickly expanding world of citizen journalism: how technology is fueling its growth; how that growth is changing the way we see our world, enact change,… More

Publication
Jul 29, 2012

E-books in Libraries: A Briefing Document developed in preparation for a Workshop on E-Lending in Libraries

This briefing document was developed with helpful inputs from industry stakeholders and other practitioners in preparation for the “E-Books in Libraries” workshop, hosted on… More

Publication
Apr 10, 2012

Salience vs. Commitment: Dynamics of Political Hashtags in Russian Twitter

Social media sites like Twitter enable users to engage in the spread of contagious phenomena: everything from information and rumors to social movements and virally marketed… More

Publication
Apr 2, 2012

Guide to the IRS Decision-Making Process under Section 501(c)(3) for Journalism and Publishing Non-Profit Organizations

Until and unless there is action in Congress to facilitate tax exemptions for journalism non-profits, news organizations seeking 501(c)(3) status must learn how to structure their… More

Mar 20, 2012

Mapping Russian Twitter

Drawing from a corpus of over 50 Million Russian language tweets collected between March 2010 and March 2011, the Berkman research team created a network map of 10,285 users… More

Event
Mar 6, 2012 @ 9:00 AM

Truthiness in Digital Media

a symposium that seeks to understand and address propaganda and misinformation in the new media ecosystem

As the networked media environment increasingly permeates private and public life, driven in part by the rapid and extensive travels of news, information and commentary, our… More

Mar 2, 2012

Exploring Russian Cyberspace: Digitally-Mediated Collective Action and the Networked Public Sphere

This paper summarizes the major findings of a three-year research project to investigate the Internet’s impact on Russian politics, media and society. We employed multiple methods… More

Event
Oct 22, 2011 @ 9:00 AM

Media Law in the Digital Age: The Rules Have Changed -- Again

Co-produced by the Citizen Media Law Project at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society and Kennesaw State's Center for Sustainable Journalism, Media Law in the Digital… More

Event
Sep 22, 2011 @ 9:00 AM

Law School for Digital Journalists

A Pre-Conference of the Online News Association's 2011 Conference

The Online News Association, Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, and the UNC Center for Media Law and Policy present Law School for Digital Journalists, part of the… More

Publication
Sep 20, 2011

Account Deactivation and Content Removal: Guiding Principles and Practices for Companies and Users

In partnership with colleagues at the Center for Democracy & Technology, the Berkman Center is pleased to release a report on “Account Deactivation and Content Removal: Guiding… More

Publication
Dec 9, 2010

Political Change in the Digital Age: The Fragility and Promise of Online Organizing

In this paper, we discuss the possible impact of digital technologies in authoritarian and semi-authoritarian regimes. More

Oct 19, 2010 @ 10:00 AM

Mapping the Russian Blogosphere

Hosted by USIP’s Center of Innovation for Science, Technology & Peacebuilding, researchers from the Berkman Center and their collaborators at Morningside Analytics will present… More

Oct 18, 2010

Public Discourse in the Russian Blogosphere: Mapping RuNet Politics and Mobilization

This paper is the first release from the Berkman Center's Russian Internet research project. It analyzes the Russian blogosphere, with an emphasis on politics and public affairs. More

Oct 14, 2010

2010 Circumvention Tool Usage Report

This paper evaluates the usage of blocking-resistant circumvention tools, simple web proxies, and VPN services and finds that overall usage of circumvention tools is still very… More

Event
Sep 25, 2010 @ 9:00 AM

Media Law in the Digital Age: The Rules Have Changed, Have You?

We're pleased to announce that the Citizen Media Law Project at Harvard's Berkman Center and the Center for Sustainable Journalism at Kennesaw State University are co-hosting a… More

Publication
Aug 30, 2010

The Rise of the News Aggregator: Legal Implications and Best Practices

This white paper attempts to answer the question of whether news aggregators violate current law by examining the hot news misappropriation and copyright infringement claims that… More

Event
Apr 9, 2010 @ 9:00 AM

Symposium: Journalism's Digital Transition: Unique Legal Challenges and Opportunities

The Berkman Center's Citizen Media Law Project and Cyberlaw Clinic are pleased to announce a one-day symposium and CLE program to celebrate the launch of the Online Media Legal… More

Event
Feb 16, 2010 @ 12:30 PM

Meme-tracking and the dynamics of the news cycle

Jure Leskovec, assistant professor of Computer Science at Stanford University

Jure will discuss his analysis of approximately 1.6 million mainstream media sites and blogs for a period of three months, covering about 1 million articles per day. More

Event
Nov 23, 2009 @ 11:45 AM

CRCS Lunch Seminar: Media Cloud and Quantitative News Media Analysis

Hal Roberts and Ethan Zuckerman, Berkman Center

Ethan and Hal will present their prototype system to retrieve, tag, cluster and analyze blog and newspaper data, and discuss how the Media Cloud platform will be used in our… More

Event
Jun 17, 2009 @ 10:00 AM

Online Discourse in the Arab World: Dispelling the Myths

at the United States Institute of Peace

The Internet & Democracy presents the Berkman Center's new research on the Arabic blogosphere, which analyzes over 10,000 blogs from 18 countries and which follows last year's … More

Publication
Jun 16, 2009

Mapping the Arabic Blogosphere: Politics, Culture and Dissent

This case study is part of a series produced by the Internet and Democracy project. It analyzes the composition of the Arabic blogosphere and its possible impact on political and… More

Event
Apr 21, 2009 @ 12:30 PM

Mediactive: Why media consumers, not just creators, need to be active users

Dan Gillmor, Berkman Fellow

The supply side of tomorrow's media is emerging quickly, if messily, in a democratization of media-creation tools that give us a vast and growing amount of content of all kinds,… More

Publication
Mar 30, 2009

Three Case Studies from Switzerland: Smartvote, Electronic Voting, and Political Communication

With the globalization of Internet use, the deployment of technology to improve democracy has rapidly gained worldwide attention. These case studies are organized around three… More

Mar 5, 2009

2007 Circumvention Landscape Report: Methods, Uses, and Tools

A large variety of different projects have developed tools that can be used to circumvent Internet filtering, allowing people in filtered countries access to otherwise filtered… More

Event
Mar 5, 2009 @ 9:00 AM

The Internet and Democracy: Lessons Learnt and Future Directions

This event, organized in collaboration with the OII and the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism brought together leading researchers to assess the current state of… More

Event
Mar 4, 2009 @ 5:00 PM

The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same: Online Audiences and the Paradox of Web Traffic

Dr. Matthew Hindman, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Arizona State University

Many areas of Internet scholarship make strong--and often erroneous--assumptions about patterns of Web traffic. Still, there has been little comprehensive research on how online… More

Event
Mar 3, 2009 @ 12:30 PM

The Tao of the Web: China and the future of the Internet

Rebecca MacKinnon

Most English-language discussions about "the future of the Internet" approach the subject from an Anglo-American and European perspective. But what if you take China - now with… More

Event
Nov 25, 2008 @ 12:30 PM

The Blogging Revolution: Going online in repressive regimes

Antony Loewenstein

In 2007, Australian journalist, author and blogger Antony Loewenstein traveled to Egypt, Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Cuba and China to investigate how the net was challenging… More

Event
Oct 17, 2008 @ 8:30 AM

Russia Online: the Russian-Language Blogosphere and Participatory Internet

An all-day conference in New York City made possible by the collaboration of the Harriman Institute and the School of Journalism at Columbia University, and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.

Conference Wiki: http://cyber.harvard.edu/russiaonline/Main_Page User: russiaonline PW: columbia This conference is open to the public. Seating may be… More

Publication
Sep 29, 2008

Digitally Networked Technology in Kenya's 2007-2008 Post-Election Crisis

Using the lens of the 2007-2008 Kenyan Presidential Election Crisis, this case study illustrates how digitally networked technologies, specifically mobile phones and the Internet,… More

Publication
Sep 28, 2008

The Role of the Internet in Burma’s Saffron Revolution

This case study is part of a series produced by the Internet and Democracy project. It analyzes the role of the Internet and technology in the 2007 civic crises of Burma’s Saffron… More

Event
Sep 16, 2008 @ 1:30 PM

Blogging, Journalism and Reality

Persephone Miel, Berkman Fellow

Persephone Miel presented her work on the Media Re:public project. More

Event
May 6, 2008 @ 1:30 PM

Citizen Media Law Project @ 1

David Ardia, Sam Bayard, Tuna Chatterjee

David Ardia, Sam Bayard, and Tuna Chatterjee of CMLP discussed trends in online publishing and previewed the CMLP database of subpeonas, cease-and-desist letters, and other… More

Publication
Apr 5, 2008

Mapping Iran’s Online Public: Politics and Culture in the Persian Blogosphere

(English and Persian translation)

This case study is part of a series produced by the Internet and Democracy project. It analyzes the composition of the Iranian blogosphere and its possible impact on political and… More

Mar 28, 2008 @ 6:00 PM

It’s 2013: Do You Know Where Your News Is?

Examining scenarios for the future

One of the few areas of agreement among observers of the news environment is that there is much more change to come. In this session we’ll discuss scenarios that illustrate… More

Event
Mar 25, 2008 @ 7:30 PM

Digital Dilemmas: A Multi-stakeholder Response to Internet Censorship and Surveillance

NYU Law Information Law Institute Colloquium, co-sponsored by the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School

Participants discussed the role that corporations should play in response to government-mandated Internet censorship and surveillance. More

News
Mar 8, 2008

Berkman Buzz: Week of March 3, 2008

A look at the past week's online Berkman conversations. More

Event
Feb 7, 2008 @ 10:05 PM

Digitally-Empowered Activists: Getting the Tools to the People Who Need Them

Hosted by the Internet & Democracy Project

The Berkman Center's Internet & Democracy Projected hosted an event on "Digitally-Empowered Activists: Getting the Tools to the People Who Need Them," in Istanbul, Turkey. More

Event
Dec 18, 2007 @ 12:30 PM

Internet & Democracy

Victoria Stodden, Harvard Law School

Victoria Stodden By discussing the potentials and pitfalls of the internet in a democratic society, Victoria Stodden examined "Internet & Democracy." More

Publication
Dec 1, 2007

The Role of Digital Networked Technologies in the Ukrainian Orange Revolution

This working paper is part of a series examining how the Internet influences democracy. This report is a narrative case study that examines the role of the Internet and mobile… More

Publication
Dec 1, 2007

The Citizen Journalism Web Site 'OhmyNews' and the 2002 South Korean Presidential Election

This paper is one of the first in a series of case studies that examines the impact of the Internet and technology on democracy. This specific case investigates the influence of… More

Mar 1, 2007

Reluctant Gatekeepers: Corporate Ethics on a Filtered Internet

Corporations are increasingly finding themselves caught in the crosshairs as they are asked by local authorities to carry out censorship and surveillance online. This chapter… More

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Jan 17, 2006 @ 12:30 PM

Citizens' Media

Dan Gillmor, Berkman Fellow

Dan Gillmor on Citizens' Media and the Center for Citizen Media which exists to study, encourage, and enable new forms of grassroots media. More


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The New York Times

What Makes Trump’s Subversion Efforts So Alarming? His Collaborators

Trump and fellow Republicans are trying to dismantle beliefs in democracy, argue Bruce Schneier and Henry Farrell

Nov 23, 2020
WIRED

Why Isn't Susan Wojcicki Getting Grilled By Congress?

YouTube is a major vector for election and other disinformation. evelyn douek asks why its CEO wasn’t with Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey on Capitol Hill.

Nov 17, 2020
The New York Times

Twitter says it labeled 0.2% of all election-related tweets as disputed

evelyn douek discusses content moderation and the 2020 election

Nov 12, 2020
CNBC

Biden’s plan to fight online harassment could set up new confrontation with tech companies, experts say

Joan Donovan comments on platform approaches to harassment and what it means for researchers

Nov 10, 2020
Bloomberg

YouTube Election Loophole Lets Some False Trump-Win Videos Spread

evelyn douek talks with Bloomberg about YouTube’s election response

Nov 10, 2020
Harvard Law Today

‘Be the Twitter that you want to see in the world’

Platform governance and the 2020 Presidential Election

Nov 7, 2020
The New York Times

The Danger in White Moderates Setting Biden’s Agenda

Tressie McMillan Cottom says the new president will be inclined to do less. He must be pushed to do more.

Nov 7, 2020
MIT Technology Review

Why social media can’t keep moderating content in the shadows

Online platforms aren’t transparent about their decisions—which masks the true costs of misinformation

Nov 6, 2020
The Guardian

Facebook removes pro-Trump Stop the Steal group over 'calls for violence'

Joan Donovan comments on Facebook’s takedown efforts during the election

Nov 5, 2020
The Washington Post

How viral videos helped blast voting lies across the Web

evelyn douek explains YouTube’s content moderation policies

Nov 5, 2020
The New York Times

Unclear Result a Recipe for Disinformation, Researchers Say

Joan Donovan discusses misinformation in the wake of the 2020 US presidential election.

Nov 4, 2020
MIT Technology Review

Election robocalls: what we know and what we don’t

Rebecca Tushnet talks First Amendment and voter suppression campaigns

Nov 3, 2020
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

Tressie McMillan Cottom on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

Tressie McMillan Cottom joined The Daily Show with Trevor Noah on election night to discuss early election results, American politics, and the electoral college.

Nov 3, 2020
Harvard Magazine

What Do COVID-19 and Extreme Inequality Mean for American Democracy?

Danielle Allen joins the Ask a Harvard Professor podcast to discuss COVID-19 and American democracy.

Nov 2, 2020
NPR

Where Is US Election Misinformation Coming From? Hint: It's Not Russia

Yochai Benkler discusses election misinformation with NPR

Nov 2, 2020
The New York Times

It’s the End of an Era for the Media, No Matter Who Wins the Election

evelyn douek and Zeynep Tufekci are cited by The New York Times

Nov 1, 2020
Today

How disinformation infiltrated the mainstream

Joan Donovan joins the Today show to talk about disinformation.

Nov 1, 2020
The New York Times

How Three Election-Related Falsehoods Spread

Joan Donovan talks to the New York Times about election misinformation.

Oct 30, 2020
ABC News

Disinformation in 2020

Joan Donovan explains recent disinformation campaigns

Oct 30, 2020
NPR

Poll Worker Numbers Have Many Election Officials Breathing Sigh Of Relief

Quentin Palfrey weighs in on poll workers in the lead-up to the November 3 election

Oct 29, 2020
The Washington Post

’Media Manipulation Casebook’ from Harvard teaches how to detect misinformation campaigns

A new resource from Joan Donovan and the Shorenstein Center was featured in a newsletter from The Washington Post.

Oct 28, 2020
MediaWell

Who Will Win the 2020 Meme War?

Joan Donovan asks, “when does a meme become disinformation?”

Oct 27, 2020
No More Normal Podcast

The Disinformation Age

Mutale Nkonde joined the No More Normal podcast to discuss misinformation and algorithms.

Oct 25, 2020
The New York Times

I Spoke to a Scholar of Conspiracy Theories and I’m Scared for Us

Joan Donovan profiled by New York Times for her work on disinformation

Oct 21, 2020
Good Morning America

Women and gamers of color detail experiences with online harassment in games like Call of Duty

Kishonna Gray discusses online harassment in gaming with Good Morning America.

Oct 21, 2020
The Guardian

A double-edged sword: hopes and fears for children as fast internet reaches Pacific

Amanda Third and colleagues produce report on online safety in the Pacific.

Oct 19, 2020
CNN

Benkler: Newest right-wing ‘email’ story seems like a rerun

Yochai Benkler joins Brian Selter on CNN’s Reliable Sources to discuss the US 2020 Election

Oct 18, 2020
The New York Times

Twitter Changes Course After Republicans Claim ‘Election Interference’

evelyn douek speaks to The New York Times about Twitter blocking the link to a New York Post article.

Oct 15, 2020
Start Making Sense

Black Cellphone Videos and Protest Journalism

Allissa Richardson talks protest journalism on the Start Making Sense podcast

Oct 14, 2020
Computers in Human Behavior.

Bigger than sports: Identity politics, Colin Kaepernick, and concession making in #BoycottNike

New paper published in Computers in Human Behavior

Oct 14, 2020
NiemanReports

How Not to Cover Voter Fraud Disinformation

Journalists should treat systematic disinformation campaigns from President Trump and his party no differently than those from Russian propagandists and Facebook clickbait artists

Oct 7, 2020
Centre for International Governance Innovation

Should Big Tech Be Setting the Terms of Political Speech?

evelyn douek, Dipayan Ghosh talk with the Centre for International Governance Innovation

Oct 5, 2020
The Chicago Tribune

To secure elections, paper ballots, risk-limiting audits and fighting misinformation are required

Abbey Stemler discusses the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration to secure elections

Oct 2, 2020
Columbia Journalism Review

COVID at the White House, voter disinformation, and how to report around the propaganda

Yochai Benkler joins the Columbia Journalism Review’s podcast

Oct 2, 2020
NiemanLab

Allissa Richardson thinks it’s time to shatter a few myths about citizen journalism

Allissa Richardson discusses her new book and the myth of objective journalism

Sep 28, 2020
GBH

A 2020 Roundup Of Asian Representation In Film And TV

Jenny Korn discusses Asian representation in film and TV in 2020

Sep 25, 2020
The Guardian

Facebook's long-awaited oversight board to launch before US election

Julie Owono and evelyn douek discuss Facebook Oversight Board

Sep 24, 2020
BKC Medium Collection

International Human Rights Law Is Not Enough to Fix Content Moderation’s Legitimacy Crisis

Should tech companies follow human rights law to govern online speech?

Sep 16, 2020
Futurity

What the US needs to do to secure election 2020

Abbey Stemler and colleagues publish paper on disinformation and election insecurity

Sep 11, 2020
IJNotes

Mental health and journalism

Allissa Richardson on mental health of Black journalists covering the anti-police brutality and Black Lives Matter protests

Sep 11, 2020
Lawfare

Cheap Fakes on the Campaign Trail

Danielle Citron joins Lawfare podcast to discuss manipulated video and audio content.

Sep 10, 2020
The Atlantic

The Problem With Police-Shooting Videos

Smartphone footage of police brutality highlights a dire need to tell more humane stories about Black victims, Allissa Richardson says

Aug 30, 2020
The New York Times

TV Ratings for Biden and Trump Signal an Increasingly Polarized Nation

Yochai Benkler discusses partisan media with the New York Times

Aug 28, 2020
Gizmodo

Are We Already Living in a Tech Dystopia?

Gizmodo asks experts, including Jonathan Zittrain, for their answers

Aug 25, 2020
The New York Times

How Zeynep Tufekci Keeps Getting the Big Things Right

Zeyenp Tufecki featured in The New York Times

Aug 23, 2020
NPR

Police Monitoring Of Social Media Sparks Concerns In Black And Brown Communities

Desmond Patton interviewed by NPR about police monitoring social media

Aug 21, 2020
The Verge

How a TikTok ban would affect the influencer economy

The Verge interviews Taylor Lorenz

Aug 11, 2020
USA Today

Sick of unwanted Twitter replies? New feature lets users limit who can reply to tweets

Jasmine McNealy discusses the feature and the First Amendment

Aug 11, 2020
The Atlantic

Why All News Sounds the Same

Ethan Zuckerman uses Media Cloud to explain the narrowing media agenda

Aug 7, 2020
The New York Times

Facebook Must Better Police Online Hate, State Attorneys General Say

Danielle Citron spoke with The New York Times about Facebook’s hate speech policies.

Aug 5, 2020
Slate

Congress’ Antitrust Hearing Was Actually Pretty OK

Dipayan Ghosh and Stephen Wicker reflect on Congress’ antitrust hearing

Jul 31, 2020
Al Jazeera

Data collection is not the solution for Europe's racism problem

Structural racism can be combatted only if there is political will, not more data.

Jul 29, 2020
MIT Technology Review

Why Congress should look at Twitter and Facebook

“We cannot build a healthy democracy on top of an ailing communication system”

Jul 27, 2020
Lawfare

Twitter Brings Down the Banhammer on QAnon

Twitter’s QAnon response underlines “how powerful and unaccountable” companies are, evelyn douek says.

Jul 24, 2020
Slate

Twitter Finally Cracked Down on QAnon—but There’s a Catch

evelyn douek discusses Twitter’s recent plans to mitigate QAnon with Slate

Jul 24, 2020
Gizmodo

What Did People Use Before Google to Search the Web?

Ethan Zuckerman discusses web search before Google with Gizmodo

Jul 20, 2020
Scientific American

A Nixon Deepfake, a 'Moon Disaster' Speech and an Information Ecosystem at Risk

Jonathan Zittrain, Danielle Citron, and Joan Donovan provide expert commentary

Jul 20, 2020
The Atlantic

The Twitter Hacks Have to Stop

Bruce Schneier explains the recent Twitter hack

Jul 18, 2020
Museum of the Moving Image

Surveillance of Black Lives

Apryl Williams, Mutale Nkonde, and Allissa V. Richardson speak at event

Jul 16, 2020
BKC Medium Collection

On Platforms and Power

Elizabeth Renieris on social media platforms, their leaders, and democracy

Jul 16, 2020
The Guardian

'Too big to fail': why even a historic ad boycott won’t change Facebook

Susan Benesch talks to The Guardian

Jul 11, 2020
Oxford Internet Institute

Disinformation by Design: How Media Manipulation Campaigns Are Constructed

Joan Donovan discusses new article on platform design and disinformation

Jul 7, 2020
Mashable

#BlackLivesMatter saw tremendous growth on social media. Now what?

Jenny Korn discusses the use of #BlackLivesMatter on social media

Jul 2, 2020
Slate

What Does “Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior” Actually Mean?

There’s no clear definition, and that’s worrisome, evelyn douek says.

Jul 2, 2020
Wired

You Purged Racists From Your Website? Great, Now Get to Work

Joan Donovan says social media sites can—and must—take action to control the content on their sites.

Jul 1, 2020
BKC Medium Collection

Ken and Karen are White Supremacists

Apryl Williams explains that although memes are humorous, Karens and Kens of the world express a dangerous, audacious kind of White supremacy

Jul 1, 2020
Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Advertisers retreating from Facebook amid backlash over hate speech on social media

evelyn douek joins Australian Broadcasting Corporation to discuss backlash over hate speech on social media

Jul 1, 2020
The Center for Journalism Ethics

A Guide to Covering Hate Speech Without Amplifying It

Jasmine McNealy says the U.S. Constitution needs to be understood within a power framework

Jun 29, 2020
The Atlantic

Twitter’s Least-Bad Option for Dealing With Donald Trump

Every plausible configuration of social media in 2020 is unpalatable, Jonathan Zittrain says.

Jun 26, 2020
Dangerous Speech Project

Proposals for Improved Regulation of Harmful Online Content

Report features seven recommendations for Internet companies

Jun 26, 2020
The Mandarin

Games may be the killer weapon to fight off disinformation

Julia Reda comments on media literacy to combat disinformation

Jun 25, 2020
TIME

How the 'Karen Meme' Confronts the Violent History of White Womanhood

Apryl Williams discusses the historical context, significance of the ‘Karen Meme’

Jun 25, 2020
ZDNET

Australia warned to not ignore domestic misinformation in social media crackdown

evelyn douek spoke to Australia’s Select Committee on Foreign Interference through Social Media about misinformation.

Jun 22, 2020
Deutschlandfunk Kultur

Bot or not?

Jonas Kaiser talks with German radio station about social media bots, his recent paper

Jun 18, 2020
The New York Times

Who’s a Bot? Who’s Not?

Joan Donovan and Jonas Kaiser discuss challenges with studying automated bots on social media

Jun 16, 2020
Nature

Has Twitter just had its saddest fortnight ever?

Sorrow alone doesn’t tell the whole story, Desmond Patton says.

Jun 15, 2020
Slate

Why We Should Care That Facebook Accidentally Deplatformed Hundreds of Users

evelyn douek discusses content moderation and different types of speech

Jun 12, 2020
KUNM

Keeping An Eye On You

Mutale Nkonde joins panel to discuss data privacy, surveillance, sophisticated bots, racially biased tech and misinformation

Jun 12, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Anxiety from social media around the anti-racism movement

Kishonna Gray discusses social media during the anti-racism movement

Jun 12, 2020
The Markup

What Does President Trump’s “Crackdown” on Twitter Do?

A forthcoming article by Danielle Citron lends insight to this question

Jun 11, 2020
Detroit Today

White People: Learn How To Become Better Allies

Apryl Williams discusses how white allies can express solidarity without centering the conversations on themselves.

Jun 11, 2020
NPR

The 'Concerned Citizen Who Happens To Be Armed' Is Showing Up At Protests

Joan Donovan talks to NPR about riot rumors and disinformation

Jun 10, 2020
MIT Technology Review

Protest misinformation is riding on the success of pandemic hoaxes

Joan Donovan says misinformation about police brutality protests is being spread by the same sources as covid-19 denial.

Jun 10, 2020
Fatherly

What Is the Male Version of a Karen?

Apryl Williams on how to make sense of memes as an act of resistance, and what it means to be a Ken

Jun 9, 2020
The Hill

Conspiracy theories run rampant online amid Floyd protests

Joan Donovan explains the power social media has in spreading misinformation

Jun 3, 2020
MIT Technology Review

Why filming police violence has done nothing to stop it

Ethan Zuckerman says evidentiary images on their own don’t bring about change. What’s missing is power.

Jun 3, 2020
Digital Privacy News

Facebook’s Small Business Grants Come With a Big Catch: Your Data

Elizabeth Renieris spoke with Digital Privacy News about Facebook's small business grants program

Jun 3, 2020
The New York Times

People Can’t Stop Watching Videos of Police and Protesters. That’s the Idea.

Supercuts of police behavior are receiving enormous numbers of views.

Jun 2, 2020
Medium

Community and technology

Noa Gafni on how citizens are self-organizing during the COVID-19 crisis

Jun 2, 2020
Medium

Free Speech is Circular

Trump, Twitter, and the Public Interest

Jun 1, 2020
WIRED

Trump's Executive Order Is the Most Futile Attack on 230 Yet

Though his executive order follows a line of misguided, bipartisan swings at the protections for online platforms, this one is distinctively terrible, John Bowers says.

May 30, 2020
On the Media

Boiling Point

Apryl Williams examines the Karen meme and what it tells us about criticism of privilege in the pandemic and Jessie Daniels discusses the history of white women in racial dynamics…

May 29, 2020
The Atlantic

Trump Is a Problem That Twitter Cannot Fix

When a duly elected president is bent on spreading misinformation, tech companies can rein him in only so much, writes evelyn douek.

May 27, 2020
The New York Times

Twitter Grapples Anew With Its Trump Conundrum

Joan Donovan weighs in on Twitter creating a carve-out for public leaders

May 26, 2020
WGBH

Digital Bingeing: Time On Screens During COVID-19

We're turning to screens more than ever during the coronavirus pandemic. But what are the implications of spending so much time online?

May 22, 2020

Social Media Users Think Politicians Should Pay Heavy Price for Spreading False COVID-19 Information

Dipayan Ghosh explains why social media platforms need to be more transparent about their policies on politicians spreading misinformation.

May 20, 2020
Harvard Law Today

Ruth Okediji encourages the graduating class to cultivate the courage to try something new

The Harvard Law Professor and BKC director’s "Last Lecture"

May 20, 2020
KU News

Study shows vulnerable populations with less education more likely to believe, share misinformation

Hyunjin Seo leads the research, forthcoming in the journal New Media & Society

May 19, 2020
CNET

Political ads put Twitter, Facebook and Google in a bind. Here's why.

Joan Donovan weighs in on targeted ads on social media

May 18, 2020
Stanford Social Innovation Review

New Leadership for Global Health

How the Adaptive Leadership Framework can help the international health community

May 18, 2020
UNESCO

'Dangerous speech' fuelled by fear in crises can be countered with education

Fear is the biggest motivator in spreading 'dangerous speech' in times of crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic, says BKC’s Susan Benesch

May 15, 2020
Los Angeles Review of Books

Social Network Construction Kit

Zuckerman discusses the history of public broadcasting, and potential alternative models for the future.

May 15, 2020
Lawfare

Real Reporting on Fake News

evelyn douek interviews Craig Silverman, the media editor for Buzzfeed News, for the Lawfare Podcast.

May 14, 2020
Centre for International Governance Innovation

Rethinking Digital Platforms for the Post-COVID-19 Era

As long as COVID-19 is a global concern, many aspects of daily life will be mediated by platform companies that see human interactions as content to be moderated, and as sources…

May 12, 2020
Frontier

Citation Needed

Mindy Seu talks about pursuing independent projects, the internet’s other histories and futures, archives, and spreadsheets with Frontier.

May 11, 2020
Columbia Journalism Review

evelyn douek talks about the Facebook Oversight Board

douek speaks with Columbia Journalism Review’s Mathew Ingram

May 11, 2020
The University of Chicago Law Review Online

“What Kind of Oversight Board Have You Given Us?”

evelyn douek explains Facebook’s Oversight Board

May 11, 2020
Just Security

The Facebook Oversight Board: An Experiment in Self-Regulation

Chinmayi Arun says Oversight Board might be the most interesting development in social media self-regulation in a decade

May 6, 2020

Disinformation by Design: The Use of Evidence Collages and Platform Filtering in a Media Manipulation Campaign

A new paper co-authored by BKC affiliate Joan Donovan explores tactics of disinformation to show how platform design and decentralized communication contribute to advancing the…

May 5, 2020
MIT Technology Review

Covid hoaxes are using a loophole to stay alive—even after content is deleted

Pandemic conspiracy theorists are using the Wayback Machine to promote “zombie content” that evades moderators and fact-checkers

Apr 30, 2020
WGBH

Waide Warner on the state of Internet connectivity in Massachusetts

Listen to the BKC affiliate on "In it Together" from WGBH

Apr 29, 2020
Study International

How Harvard’s medical and public health students are helping to #FlattentheCurve

BKC’s Jenna Sherman discusses the work of the group she co-founded at Harvard, Students against COVID-19. 

Apr 20, 2020
The Atlantic

The Internet’s Titans Make a Power Grab

Facebook and other platforms insisted that they didn’t want to be “arbiters of truth.” The coronavirus changed their mind overnight.

Apr 18, 2020
The Washington Post

Be very wary of Trump’s health surveillance plans

Danielle Citron on why technology’s promise is only as good as those who control it

Apr 16, 2020
Medium

COVID-19 and the Digital Rights Crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered an equally urgent digital rights crisis.

Apr 16, 2020
Nature

Social-media companies must flatten the curve of misinformation

The pandemic lays bare the failure to quarantine online scams, hoaxes and lies amid political battles.

Apr 14, 2020
Nieman Reports

Vote and Die: Covering Voter Suppression during the Coronavirus Pandemic

Journalists must cut through rampant disinformation around the pandemic to robustly report on efforts to suppress voting and delegitimize election results writes Joan Donovan

Apr 14, 2020
Bloomberg Law

Say Hello to Your New Local Bank—The Fed

BKC affiliate Patrick Murck on why newly introduced bills creating a U.S. “Digital Dollar” as part of the coronavirus stimulus package would radically upend the banking and…

Apr 13, 2020
Politico

Coronavirus-killing silver, fake tests, CDC impersonators: Feds rush to stamp out scams

Joan Donovan on the dozens, if not hundreds of scams that have popped up online as quickly as the coronavirus itself

Apr 11, 2020
TED Connects

An ethical plan for ending the pandemic and restarting the economy

Danielle Allen describes how the US could use technology to ethically and democratically address both the public health emergency and economic crisis by scaling up "smart testing."

Apr 8, 2020
Jeune Afrique

Her name was Marielle Franco…

Two years after the assassination of Marielle Franco, BKC fellow and filmmaker Leonard Cortana reflects on the subject of his documentary

Apr 7, 2020
Medium

We need a collaborative society more than ever

How collaborative society has come to the rescue where late capitalism has failed.

Apr 2, 2020
The Atlantic

Don’t Believe the COVID-19 Models

Zeynep Tufekci says that’s not what they’re for

Apr 2, 2020
The New York Times

Alarm, Denial, Blame: The Pro-Trump Media’s Coronavirus Distortion

Yochai Benkler discusses why Trump’s loyalists benefited from having told people not to believe what they were hearing.

Apr 1, 2020
The Lawfare Podcast

Location, Location, Location. And the Virus.

evelyn douek discusses content moderation and COVID-19

Mar 30, 2020
The Globe and Mail

Silicon Valley gets used to its new role as digital saviour as coronavirus leaves millions isolated

With many offices and schools now closed, people are seeking out human connection using the same online tools that have been widely criticized for fostering digital addiction and…

Mar 27, 2020
The Washington Post

As Trump signals readiness to break with experts, his online base assails Fauci

Rob Faris discusses the “politicization of public health”

Mar 26, 2020
Lawfare

COVID-19 and Social Media Content Moderation

evelyn douek on changes to content moderation on social media platforms as a result of the pandemic

Mar 25, 2020
New America

Confronting Viral Disinformation

Danielle Citron discusses misinformation about COVID-19

Mar 25, 2020
The Guardian

'Coughing while Asian': living in fear as racism feeds off coronavirus panic

Racist incidents are increasing while Trump promotes racism by calling coronavirus ‘the Chinese virus’

Mar 24, 2020
Medium

To Pre-Empt Future Pandemics, Governments Should Invest in the Welfare State, Not Private Surveillance

BKC affiliate Elettra Bietti and Jennifer Cobbe argue that governments should strengthen the social safety net, not technology companies.

Mar 24, 2020
NBC News

Coronavirus misinformation makes neutrality a distant memory for tech companies

Facing the prospect that hoaxes or misinformation could worsen a global pandemic, tech platforms are taking control of the information ecosystem like never before.

Mar 24, 2020
The Atlantic

It Wasn’t Just Trump Who Got It Wrong

America’s coronavirus response failed because we didn’t understand the complexity of the problem.

Mar 24, 2020
Undark

With Outbreaks Come Misinformation. Covid-19 Is No Exception.

In Covid-19’s wake, uncertainty about the emerging outbreak has propagated mis- and disinformation across the internet. BKC's Hal Roberts weighs in.

Mar 23, 2020
Medium

A side effect of COVID-19 is a booming collaborative society

BKC’s Dariusz Jemielniak on how "we can unite, rise up to the challenge and return stronger" despite the destruction caused by the pandemic

BKC’s Dariusz Jemielniak on how "we can unite, rise up to the challenge and return stronger" despite the destruction caused by the pandemic

Mar 20, 2020
Medium

How the Coronavirus Challenges our Model of Economic Growth

Despite heart-wrenching images in the media of people standing together and political calls for solidarity, the pandemic has laid bare the problems with globalisation and…

Mar 17, 2020
The New York Times

Why Telling People They Don’t Need Masks Backfired

To help manage the shortage, the authorities sent a message that made them untrustworthy.

Mar 17, 2020
MIT Technology Review

Here’s how social media can combat the coronavirus ‘infodemic’

With millions on lockdown, Facebook and Twitter are major sources of Covid-19 news. They’re also where misinformation thrives. How can platforms step up?

Mar 17, 2020
The Washington Post

In fast-moving pandemic, sources of falsehoods elude authorities

Misleading text messages claiming that President Trump was going to announce a national quarantine buzzed into cellphones across the country over the weekend, underscoring how…

Mar 16, 2020
The Lawfare Podcast

The Lawfare Podcast: Kate Starbird on Pandemics and Infodemics

evelyn douek speaks with Kate Starbird, an expert in crisis informatics, or the study of how information flows during crisis events.

Mar 16, 2020
BBC News

Minecraft ‘loophole’ library of banned journalism

BKC affiliate Helmi Noman weighs in on a library filled with articles by censored journalists, hosted in the game Minecraft

Mar 14, 2020
News

Emergency Online Pedagogy

BKC co-director Terry Fisher put together a must-read collection of resources

BKC co-director Terry Fisher put together a must-read collection of resources for transitioning to online teaching, based on his experience teaching CopyrightX and other online…

Mar 13, 2020
Medium

The Best of Worst Times

Fellows Advisory Board member Judith Donath on the privilege of working online

Mar 12, 2020
News

Early reflections on transitioning to online teaching

Kathy Pham discusses the shift from in-person to Zoom

Mar 12, 2020
NBC News

How new rules at Facebook and Twitter led to a warning beneath a Trump retweet

A video of Joe Biden that was deceptively edited to make it appear as if he endorsed President Donald Trump for re-election triggered warning labels from Twitter and Facebook

Mar 9, 2020
Fast Company

How Wikipedia’s volunteers became the web’s best weapon against misinformation

BKC affiliate Ryan Merkley on the importance of reliable access to knowledge when making important choices:

Mar 7, 2020
CNBC

In Facebook groups, coronavirus misinformation thrives despite broader crackdown

Dozens of public and private Facebook groups totaling hundreds of thousands of members have become a haven for conspiracy theories, medical equipment promotion and unproven cures.

Mar 6, 2020
Scientific American

Preparing for Coronavirus to Strike the U.S.

Getting ready for the possibility of major disruptions is not only smart; it’s also our civic duty

Feb 28, 2020
Reason Podcast

Taylor Lorenz Makes Sense of Online Culture for the Rest of Us

The BKC affiliate reveals how social media is encouraging individual expression.

Feb 26, 2020
WGBH

Don't Panic, It's Just The Collapse Of Neoliberalism

Video of a recent talk by Yochai Benkler at the Shorenstein Center

Feb 26, 2020
The Knight Foundation

The Internet Unleashed

BKC affiliate Joan Donovan spoke at the Knight Media Forum

Feb 26, 2020
BBC World Service

Ethiopia’s new law banning online hate speech

Julie Owono explains the concern over the law

Feb 25, 2020
Slate

Podcast: Election Meltdown

BKC faculty associate Danielle Citron joins former Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum, director of the ACLU’s voting-rights initiative Dale Ho, and election law…

Feb 22, 2020
The Atlantic

How the Coronavirus Revealed Authoritarianism’s Fatal Flaw

China’s use of surveillance and censorship makes it harder for Xi Jinping to know what’s going on in his own country.

Feb 22, 2020
Medium

5 Questions on Data and Context with Desmond Patton

The BKC faculty associate discusses the importance of meaningful interaction with the people behind data

Feb 21, 2020
Pew Research Center

Many Tech Experts Say Digital Disruption Will Hurt Democracy

Pew Research Center and Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center canvassed technology experts in the summer of 2019 to gain their insights about the potential future…

Feb 21, 2020
Jeune Afrique

« Les Misérables », affaire classée ?

Leonard Cortana on why France’s entry for the Best International Feature Film at the Academy Awards, Les Misérables, should be inscribed in the…

Feb 19, 2020
Ideas on Fire Podcast

Imagine Otherwise: Sasha Costanza-Chock on Design Justice

How can putting marginalized people at the very center of design and technology change the world for the better?

Feb 19, 2020
Marketplace

Under whose thumb? Inside a Rolling Stones copyright mystery

BKC faculty associate Jennifer Jenkins on the differences between European and US copyright law when it comes to the rights of musicians

Feb 18, 2020
The Lawfare Podcast

The Hard Tradeoffs of the Internet

Alex Stamos discusses his experience at Facebook handling 2016 election interference, as well as his work on cybersecurity, disinformation, and end-to-end encryption with evelyn…

Feb 13, 2020
The Knight First Amendment Institute

The Rise of Content Cartels

evelyn douek urges transparency and accountability in industry-wide content removal decisions

Feb 11, 2020
Digital Trends

China’s coronavirus app will only inspire panic, experts say

Dariusz Jemielniak on a Chinese app that tracks the spread of the coronavirus.

Feb 11, 2020
Medium

The Speaker, the President, and the Case of (the) Ripped Up Speech

Jonathan Zittrain argues that while platforms might consider labeling videos like these as manipulated, they should not remove them entirely.

Feb 10, 2020
BU Today

How Campaigns Can Counter Deepfakes

Danielle Citron devised an eight-point plan for political campaigns to protect against fabricated video and audio

Feb 10, 2020
Heinz Radio

Understanding Internet Culture

Taylor Lorenz shares her views on “Ok Boomer,” the “flattening” of politics by social media and the internet, and the causes of the United States’ internet regulation vacuum.

Feb 10, 2020
WebMD Health News

Coronavirus Rumor Mill Rampant With Bogus News

For those who want help finding out what’s true when it comes to the coronavirus, BKC affiliate Mary Minow says public libraries are a great resource.

Feb 5, 2020
NBC News

'Wake-up call': Iowa caucus disinformation serves as warning about 2020 election

The specificity of both Twitter and Facebook’s rules around disinformation leave room for known disinformation agents to work during elections, said Joan Donovan.

Feb 4, 2020
The Atlantic

Who Needs the Russians?

Don’t blame shadowy foreign hackers for the chaos in Iowa. Blame Shadow’s caucus app, says faculty associate Zeynep Tufekci.

Feb 4, 2020
New Books in Technology Podcast

The Paradoxes of Network Neutralities

Russell Newman joins Jasmine McNealy to dicuss his book, “The Paradoxes of Network Neutralities”

Feb 3, 2020
Jeune Afrique

Le « blackface », une hypocrisie française

Leonard Cortana on the inadequate response of the French media to racist incidents

Jan 31, 2020
News

Q&A: Misinformation and Coronavirus

We asked members of Berkman Klein’s Misinformation Working Group their thoughts about misinformation and the virus.

Jan 30, 2020
NBC News

Coronavirus misinformation surges, fueled by clout chasers

Joan Donovan and Natalie Gyenes spoke to NBC News about the coronavirus and misinformation

Jan 30, 2020
News

Inside the Assembly Student Fellowship

Zenzele Best, Program Coordinator for Assembly: Disinformation, offers an inside look at the Assembly Student Fellowship.

Jan 29, 2020
Vox

Facebook announces new details about independent oversight board for content moderation

evelyn douek weighed in on the upsides and shortcomings drawbacks of Facebook‘s new content moderation policy. 

Jan 28, 2020
The Washington Post

Facebook, Google and Twitter scramble to stop misinformation about coronavirus

Joan Donovan spoke to The Washington Post about the coronavirus and misinformation.

Jan 27, 2020
Sunday Civics

Intersection of Race and Technology

BKC fellow Mutale Nkonde in conversation about disinformation targeted towards Black communities.

Jan 26, 2020
Quartz

How YouTube shields advertisers (not viewers) from harmful videos

The difference between the protections YouTube offers its advertisers and those it provides consumers is stark.

Jan 22, 2020
The Knight First Amendment Institute

Digital Public Infrastructure… and a few words in defense of optimism

Ethan Zuckerman argues the case for Digital Public Infrastructure

Jan 17, 2020
WGBH

How To Spot Fake News

Joan Donovan participated in a panel of scholars who study media manipulation, digital resources, and the spread of misinformation on how to spot “fake news” in an age of…

Jan 13, 2020
Columbia Journalism Review

YouTube and Radicalization

Joan Donovan talks with Mathew Ingram of Columbia Journalism Review

Jan 11, 2020
Vox

Tech companies tried to help us spend less time on our phones. It didn’t work.

Ethan Zuckerman adds to the discussion about whether concerns about “time well spent” are overblown.

Jan 9, 2020
The Atlantic

The Future of Politics Is Robots Shouting at One Another

They’ll be controlled by foreign actors, domestic political groups, even the candidates themselves, says BKC fellow Bruce Schneier.

Jan 7, 2020
Left Voice

“Marielle’s Legacy Will Not Die”

An interview with the documentary filmmaker and BKC fellow Leonard Cortana

Jan 7, 2020

Internet Deception Is Here to Stay—So What Do We Do Now?

Judith Donath’s work from 1998 on the effects of trolling on Usenet groups was highlighted in a recent Wired article on disinformation.

Dec 30, 2019
CNBC

Social media hosted a lot of fake health news this year.

Here’s what went most viral.

The most common concerns among health professionals when it comes to misinformation online is compliance with health treatments or prevention efforts.

Dec 29, 2019
Nieman Lab

A call for context

Jasmine McNealy on why “context is ever more important in this era of data-driven elections, social media, and emerging technology.”

Dec 20, 2019
Universitat Oberta de Catalunya

"Technology isn't the driver of social movements, it's the other way around"

A Q&A with BKC faculty associate Sasha Costanza-Chock

Dec 19, 2019
Nieman Lab

Russian bots are just today’s slacktivists

Jonas Kaiser on what journalists can learn from the late 2000s when it comes to misinformation

Dec 18, 2019
Nieman Lab

Western journalists, learn from your African peers

Faculty associate james Wahutu on what he hopes media organizations in the U.S. and the UK will do in 2020.

Dec 16, 2019
City on the Hill Podcast

Mutale Nkonde on Race-Based Disinformation

BKC fellow discusses the role race plays in election interference efforts on the City on the Hill podcast.

Dec 2, 2019
Columbia Journalism Review

Building a More Honest Internet

Ethan Zuckerman imagines a different kind of Internet—one propelled by public concerns instead of the interests of large corporations.

Dec 1, 2019
Medium

High school students, social media and the illusion of free speech

Joan Donovan shares insights on a recently released report on high school students’ views on First Amendment protections

Nov 20, 2019
Bloomberg

Hardly Anybody Shares Fake News

Radio and cable TV are bigger conduits for conspiracy theories.

Nov 16, 2019
The Atlantic

Let Juries Review Facebook Ads

Social-media giants can’t decide how far is too far, but a panel of regular people can.

Nov 14, 2019
University of Washington

Building better online communities

Researcher uses high-performance computing to understand how online communities work

Nov 13, 2019
The Boston Globe

Facebook’s new dating service is flopping.

BKC fellow Apryl Williams sheds light on online dating and context collapse

Nov 8, 2019
Centre for International Governance Innovation

What Does Twitter's Ban on Political Ads Mean for Platform Governance?

Joan Donovan and Elizabeth Dubois weigh in

Nov 5, 2019
Digital Journalism

Connecting the (Far-)Right Dots: A Topic Modeling and Hyperlink Analysis of (Far-)Right Media Coverage during the US Elections 2016

Research discusses the relevance of alternative media for the US (far-)right

Nov 5, 2019
New York Magazine

Danielle Citron on Deepfakes and the Representative Katie Hill Scandal

Danielle Citron reflects on her career, current events, and the future

Oct 31, 2019
Columbia Journalism Review

Facebook, free speech, and political ads

Jonathan Zittrain and evelyn douek weigh in on the power of platforms like Facebook

Oct 31, 2019
Harvard Law Today

Israeli Supreme Court Justice on combating propaganda in elections

Yochai Benkler moderated a discussion on measures the Israeli Supreme Court took to shut down deceptive election posts

Oct 29, 2019
Galley by Columbia Journalism Review

evelyn douek talks Facebook and Speech

BKC affiliate discusses free speech, platform regulation, political advertising, and Facebook’s oversight board.

Oct 29, 2019
Centre for International Governance Innovation

Protecting Information Consumers

Jonathon Penney proposes a new comprehensive regulatory framework to hold social media platforms accountable

Oct 28, 2019
Centre for International Governance Innovation

Navigating the Tech Stack: When, Where and How Should We Moderate Content?

Joan Donovan describes content moderation in the context of a tech stack

Oct 28, 2019
MIT Technology Review

How memes got weaponized: A short history

Memes come off as a joke, but some people are starting to see them as the serious threat they are.

Oct 24, 2019
MediaWell

Cautionary Notes on Disinformation and the Origins of Distrust

We need to look at long-term patterns of loss of trust in institutions, Yochai Benkler says.

Oct 17, 2019
Scroll.in

Facebook’s new Oversight Board is a step forward – but it can’t help Kashmiris

If Facebook decides incorrectly that local laws in India require it to silence Kashmiri calls for self-determination, the Board will not be able to review this.

Oct 17, 2019
Nature

Guns on social media: complex interpretations of gun images posted by Chicago youth

“How should we interpret gun images on social media?” Desmond Patton asks

Oct 15, 2019
PBS

The Modern Bystander Effect

Desmond Patton talks to PBS about violence Facebook Live

Oct 14, 2019
On The Media, WYNC

Sticks and Stones

Susan Benesch discusses our complicated legal right to speak.

Oct 11, 2019
Medium

Why International Human Rights Law Cannot Replace Content Moderation

CJEU’s Ruling in Glawischnig-Piesczek v. Facebook and the Conflicting Regulation of Prior Restraint in Regional Human Rights Systems

Oct 9, 2019
The New York Times

Do We Need to Break Up Facebook?

Breaking up Facebook isn’t enough, says evelyn douek

Oct 4, 2019
NiemanReports

Trudeau’s Blackface: The Chilling Effects of Disinformation on Political Engagement

During election season, journalists should be ready for even more sophisticated attempts to plant false narratives and to spin disinformation via legitimate news stories

Oct 3, 2019
The Globe and Mail

Donald Trump plays a dangerous game with rhetoric of ‘treason’ and ‘civil war’

Susan Benesch says it isn’t normal for American presidents to suggest that their political opponents be arrested for treason

Oct 3, 2019
The Washington Post

In an impeachment hearing, we are all jurors

If this is our moment of something like national jury duty, what are we called to judge?

Oct 2, 2019
International Journal of Communication

Whose deaths matter? New research on Black Lives Matter and media attention

A Quantitative Analysis of Media Attention to Deaths of Black Americans in Police Confrontations

Oct 2, 2019
Vox

An inspiring conversation about democracy

What a democratic policy agenda would look like, how to talk to strangers, and why we need to reform civic education.

Sep 30, 2019
Truthout

Why White Supremacists Love Facebook

Far from deplatforming racists, Facebook is moving toward private groups that will be harder to monitor.

Sep 28, 2019
98.5 The Sports Hub

Using digital information to manipulate public opinion

Joan Donovan explains how digital information is weaponized

Sep 22, 2019
The New York Times

Facebook Expands Definition of Terrorist Organizations to Limit Extremism

evelyn douek shares her perspective with The New York Times

Sep 18, 2019
The Atlantic

Finally, Facebook Put Someone in Charge

Deciding which postings to take down is a difficult and unpopular job. So Mark Zuckerberg is outsourcing it, says evelyn douek

Sep 18, 2019
Columbia Journalism Review

Source hacking: How trolls manipulate the media

Data & Society report aims to create a taxonomy of trolling tactics.

Sep 12, 2019
The New York Times

Host Violent Content? In Australia, You Could Go to Jail

Australia has held itself up as a model for cracking down on violent extremist material online since the Christchurch massacre in New Zealand. But the limits to its approach have…

Sep 11, 2019
C-SPAN

Policing User Content on Social Media

Policy experts debate what legal responsibility social media companies should have under the 1996 Communications Decency Act

Sep 6, 2019
Data & Society

Source Hacking: Media Manipulation in Practice

Data & Society report uses case studies to illustrate four main techniques of source hacking

Sep 4, 2019
Buzzfeed News

With This Statement, I Give Notice That Instagram Owns Your Soul

People posting a pseudo-legal declaration may believe they're in a two-way dialogue with the company. The opposite is true.

Aug 23, 2019
ArXiv.org

Auditing Radicalization Pathways on YouTube

Research from faculty associate paints a comprehensive picture of user radicalization on YouTube

Aug 22, 2019
Scientific American

Researchers Model Online Hate Networks In Effort to Battle Them

Susan Benesch provides an external review of the study

Aug 21, 2019
The New York Times

How YouTube Misinformation Resolved a WhatsApp Mystery in Brazil

WhatsApp and YouTube formed a powerful feedback loop of extremism and misinformation

Aug 15, 2019
Medium

Announcing Assembly: Disinformation

New program explores disinformation in the digital public sphere from a cybersecurity perspective

Aug 14, 2019
The Washington Post

Fox News has no comment on its venomous rhetoric

Network Propaganda research on media ecosystems informs recent events

Aug 12, 2019
Foreign Policy

8 Ways to Stay Ahead of Influence Operations

With election meddling inevitable in 2020, the United States needs a powerful kill chain

Aug 12, 2019
The New York Times

How YouTube Radicalized Brazil

Research informs New York Times investigation into YouTube’s recommendations

Aug 11, 2019
The Weekly

What is YouTube Pushing You to Watch Next

Research shows that YouTube’s recommendation system pushes users toward extremist content.

Aug 9, 2019

Combating Hate Speech Through Counterspeech

What we can learn from cataloging extremely toxic speech on social media platforms and engaging with practitioners of “counterspeech”

Aug 9, 2019
MIT ILP

Exploring the good – and very bad – political impacts of social media

Ethan Zuckerman discusses the opportunities and consequences of participatory media.

Aug 7, 2019
Journal of Design and Science

On the Internet, Nobody Knows You’re a Bot

An exploration of what happens when politically motivated humans impersonate vulnerable people or populations online to exploit their voices, positionality and power.

Aug 7, 2019
The Guardian

From Trump to Fox News to 8chan: the web of white supremacist rhetoric is wide

Trump is a politician perfectly fitted for a media ecosystem that amplifies extreme emotion and allows the loud to drown out the calm

Aug 6, 2019
The Atlantic

The Lawless Way to Disable 8chan

The decision to disable an infamous message board fell to Matthew Prince, an internet executive who is deeply uncomfortable with his own power.

Aug 6, 2019
Shorenstein Center

Dr. Joan Donovan, Shorenstein Center expert, comments on El Paso, 8chan, and what’s next

BKC affiliate responds to El Paso shooting, use of manifestos as a tactic, and explains how extremists manipulate the media to control public conversation

Aug 6, 2019
NBC News

El Paso shooter wasn't a 'lone wolf' — and his so-called online 'manifesto' proves why

While we often think about those who commit mass violence as acting individually, we must reckon with the fact that these extremists are never alone online.

Aug 5, 2019
The Boston Globe

Can the U.S. regulate 8chan?

Incoming BKC fellow Mutale Nkonde says we need a legal definition for harmful speech that could be regulated

Aug 5, 2019
The Atlantic

Why Conservatives Allege Big Tech Is Muzzling Them

Google and Facebook aren’t infringing on the right’s freedom of expression, but insisting otherwise is politically convenient.

Jul 28, 2019
The Washington Post

It’s not just the Russians anymore as Iranians and others turn up disinformation efforts ahead of 2020 vote

BKC affiliate Simin Kargar says Iran for years has harassed journalists, political dissidents and artists in its internal disinformation campaigns

Jul 25, 2019
Rolling Stone

A Jeffrey Epstein-Clinton Conspiracy Theory Was Trending — And That’s a Problem

A report that the Epstein was injured in jail dredged up a conspiracy theory about the Clintons — and thanks to a hashtag, the baseless rumor likely has a whole lot of new…

Jul 25, 2019
Journalist's Resource

10 tips for covering white supremacy and far-right extremists

Q&A with Journalist’s Resource offers advice for journalists

Jul 22, 2019
The Washington Post

How Trump put himself in charge of Twitter’s decency standards

Twitter has ceded responsibility for governing its own platform to its most prolific and controversial user, says BKC affiliate Joan Donovan.

Jul 19, 2019
Journal of Design and Science

QAnon and the Emergence of the Unreal

Ethan Zuckerman delves into how the conspiracist community surrounding QAnon represents a hazardous new form of participatory civics and digital storytelling

Jul 15, 2019
The New York Times

How White Nationalists See What They Want to See in DNA Tests

What happens when white supremacists on the hate site Stormfront learn that they’re not as white as they thought? Two researchers investigated.

Jul 12, 2019
The Verge

The unpredictable legal implications of Trump’s Twitter-blocking defeat

Telling the president to unblock critics was easy, but interpreting the rule for other government accounts could be hard

Jul 11, 2019
Medium

What does it take to design for a user experience (UX) of credibility?

Investigating the Role of User Interfaces in Fighting Misinformation

Jul 8, 2019
MIT Technology Review

Camille Francois named to MIT Technology Review’s 35 Innovators Under 35

BKC affiliate Camille Francois uses data science to detect disinformation and organized harassment campaigns

Jun 26, 2019

Most Americans believe politicians’ heated rhetoric can lead to violence, report finds

78% of Americans say aggressive language from elected officials makes violence against targeted groups more likely. Susan Benesch shares insight for decreasing dangerous speech

Jun 19, 2019
PC Mag

Russia Used Social Media to Influence EU Citizens' Votes

A report from the European Commission said that Russian accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube aimed to influence voter preference by challenging the Union's democratic…

Jun 17, 2019
The New York Times

We Must Prepare for the Next Pandemic

We’ll have to battle both the disease and the fake news, writes BKC’s Bruce Schneier

Jun 17, 2019
NBC News

Authorities can be swayed by online health misinformation

A Kansas case shows how misinformation can sway authorities

Jun 14, 2019
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

How YouTube was recommending kids’ videos to pedophiles

A Q&A with Jonas Kaiser about his YouTube research, which uncovered harmful content

Jun 13, 2019
The Hill

Researcher calls YouTube extremist content ban 'too little, too late'

Jonas Kaiser talks about his YouTube research and calls for transparency

Jun 13, 2019
Wired

Bridging the Internet’s Digital Divide

There are thousands of different tongues spoken around the world, but most of the content on the web is only available in a select few, primarily English.

Jun 13, 2019
Associated Press

Americans think fake news is big problem, blame politicians

Pew survey finds that half of U.S. adults consider fake news a major problem, and they mostly blame politicians and activists for it

Jun 5, 2019
Techdirt

Blame Fox News Before Facebook

Facebook is just one part of a broader media ecosystem, and not necessarily the most important one

Jun 5, 2019
Slate

Should Researchers Be Allowed to Use YouTube Videos and Tweets?

A new paper used YouTubers’ voices to guess what they looked like. Was it ethical? Casey Fiesler weighs in.

Jun 3, 2019
Harvard Public Health

Fighting Misinfodemics

How online misinformation can fuel epidemics such as Ebola virus disease and measles

May 30, 2019
Columbia News

Using Twitter to Predict Gang Violence

Desmond Patton says law enforcement officials should analyze social media posts about grief and stress to prevent violent crime among young people.

May 30, 2019
Scroll.in

Civil society, industry and government must join hands to protect free speech, curb extreme speech

Our next challenge is to find the mix of tools and approaches that strengthen public discourse that work in the digital age, Rob Faris argues

May 27, 2019
Scientific American

The Real Reason Fans Hate the Last Season of Game of Thrones

It's not just bad storytelling—it’s because the storytelling style changed from sociological to psychological

May 17, 2019
Colombia Journalism Review

French media is polarizing. But not in the way we expected.

Does social media affect democracy the same way across the world, or do social platforms have different effects in different nations?

May 13, 2019
Boston Review

Democracy's Dilemma

Democracies rely on the free exchange of ideas and information, but that freedom can also be weaponized to erode democratic debate. How can democratic societies protect—and…

May 9, 2019
Deutschlandfunk

"Deep-fakes": Counterfeits Using Artificial Intelligence

The ability to mimic the sound of someone else's voice is becoming easier and easier thanks to AI. It sounds like fun, but it can be a problem.

Apr 30, 2019
Vice News

How Fox News dominates Facebook in the Trump era

Research suggests posts published by Fox News’ page draw far more reactions, comments, or shares than any mainstream news outlet

Apr 29, 2019
Washington Post

India may be witnessing the next ‘WhatsApp election’ — and the stakes couldn’t be higher

On the heels of a Brazilian electoral process that was marked by outrageous disinformation campaigns, India may be witnessing the world’s next “WhatsApp election.”

Apr 25, 2019
Wired

How Recommendation Algorithms Run the World

What should you watch? What should you read? What's news? What's trending? Wherever you go online, companies have come up with very particular, imperfect ways of answering these…

Apr 22, 2019
The Guardian

Facebook teams with rightwing Daily Caller in factchecking program

Site co-founded by Fox News host Tucker Carlson has promoted misinformation and is known for pro-Trump content

Apr 17, 2019
Medium

What Do We Owe to the Internet’s “First Responders?”

Experts share perspectives on the ethics and legality of how social platforms moderate content

Until AI catches up, tens of thousands of human content moderators all around the world will continue to ingest thousands of posts of potentially toxic posts on social media,…

Apr 17, 2019
Wired

15 Months of Fresh Hell Inside Facebook

Scandals. Backstabbing. Resignations. Record profits. Time Bombs. In early 2018, Mark Zuckerberg set out to fix Facebook. Here's how that turned out.

Apr 16, 2019
The Christian Science Monitor

Is America’s media divide destroying democracy?

Fox News in the Trump Era has been labeled “state TV.” Conservatives have complained about liberal media bias for decades. Separate media spheres have created separate realities –…

Apr 16, 2019
Inside Good ID

Governments, public services and Good ID

How can governments effectively harness the potential of digital identities? Will they be used in delivering better public services?

Apr 16, 2019
Medium

The Far-Right and its Vicious Cycle of Extremism

Contemporary transformations in radical forms

How the internet can contribute to individual and group radicalization.

Apr 15, 2019
The New Yorker

What’s New About Conspiracy Theories?

Outsiders have always had a weakness for paranoid fantasies. Now our leaders are conspiracists, too.

Apr 15, 2019
The Guardian

Julian Assange's charges are a direct assault on press freedom, experts warn

Academics and campaigners condemned large chunks of the indictment that they said went head-to-head with basic activities of journalism protected by the first amendment of the US…

Apr 12, 2019
Slate

The Government’s Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Case Against Assange

Assange is accused of conspiring to violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Proving that may be tricky.

Charges against Assange and implications for journalism

Apr 11, 2019
McGill-Queen's University Press

Media and Mass Atrocity

The Rwanda Genocide and Beyond

How African media cover atrocities on their own continent

Apr 9, 2019
Aargauer Zeitung

Teenagers and Social Media: The Fake Account is More Real

Identity and the dichotomy between real and fake on Instagram

Apr 7, 2019
The New York Times

Australia Passes Law to Punish Social Media Companies for Violent Posts

Australia asks social media platforms to take responsibility

Apr 3, 2019
The International Journal of Bullying Prevention

When Twitter Fingers Turn to Trigger Fingers: a Qualitative Study of Social Media-Related Gang Violence

Leveraging expertise to understand social media's role in gang activity

Apr 3, 2019
MIT Industrial Liaison Program

Exploring the good – and very bad – political impacts of social media

Ethan Zuckerman discusses the opportunities and consequences of participatory media.

Apr 3, 2019
Justice Matters Podcast

Justice Matters Podcast: Desmond Patton

On the intersection of social media, ethics, and human rights

Apr 1, 2019
The Washington Post

When it comes to social media manipulation, we’re our own worst enemy

Leveraging social media platforms to combat coordinated inauthentic behavior online

Mar 29, 2019
Journal of the European Institute for Communication and Culture

Integrating Concepts of Counterpublics into Generalised Public Sphere Frameworks

Contemporary Transformations in Radical Forms

The Internet's role in forming and radicalizing non-mainstream discourse arenas

Mar 29, 2019
Wall Street Journal

Pressure Mounts on Facebook to Police Users’ Content

Following shooter’s live stream of mosque massacres, New Zealand, Australia join other jurisdictions seeking stricter regulations

Mar 27, 2019
Colombia Journalism Review

What we learned from analyzing thousands of stories on the Christchurch shooting

An analysis of over 6,000 articles about the recent tragedy reveals useful guidelines for journalists on reporting extreme content

Mar 26, 2019
The Hill

Nunes Faces Tough Odds with Twitter Lawsuit

A Twitter lawsuit and protected forms of speech

Mar 23, 2019
New York Review of Books

Fall from Grace

"Network Propaganda" shines a light on the dark side of democracy.

Mar 21, 2019
Harvard Law Today

The “Smart Enough” City

Can the cities of tomorrow be both technologically advanced and socially just?

The promise of Smart Cities often fails to acknowledge the complex political and social factors of cities, which may cause short and long term harms to residents and democracy

Mar 21, 2019
How We Get to Next

Scientists Like Me Are Studying Your Tweets—Are You OK With That?

"Public" data ethics: Best practices for social media researchers

Anything “public” on social media may be fair game, but researchers should be more ethical about using that data

Mar 19, 2019
LegalTech News

Harvard and MIT Fund Deepfake Detection, Government Transparency AI Tools

Awarding $750,000 to seven organizations, including ones that help detect deepfakes and promote open access of government data

AI and the News Announces winners

Mar 19, 2019
The Atlantic

How Hate Groups’ Secret Sound System Works

White supremacists exploit the weaknesses in the social-media ecosystem as Facebook and Google struggle to keep up.

Mar 17, 2019
The New Yorker

The Making of the Fox News White House

What does the data show? Looking at the relationship between Fox News and the Trump Administration.

Mar 11, 2019
Forbes

'Sealioning' Is A Common Trolling Tactic On Social Media--What Is It?

"Sealioning" and good versus bad faith demands for evidence on social media.

Mar 7, 2019
BKC Medium

Reclaiming the Data Commons

A critical perspective on this emerging notion of the data commons

Mar 7, 2019
The Guardian

Anti-vaxx 'mobs': doctors face harassment campaigns on Facebook

Medical experts who counter misinformation are weathering coordinated attacks. Now some are fighting back

Facebook's stance on anti-vaccine misinformation, and what public health experts have to say about it.

Mar 6, 2019
Sabelo.io

Art: Four Moments of the Sun

The promise of life, reunion, and continuation on the African continent

 

Mar 6, 2019
News

How to deal with cyberbullying

Berkman Kleins' Digital Literacy Resource Platform was recently rolled out in the UK to help teachers fight back against cyberbullying

Mar 6, 2019
Ted Blog

Announcing the speaker lineup for TED2019: Bigger than us

Jonny Sun joins the TED2019 "Bigger than Us" speaker lineup

Feb 28, 2019
Carnegie Reporter

Secure the Vote

Assessing the integrity, safety, and security of the vote -- the most important element of a truly democratic government

Feb 19, 2019
Wired

The Imperfect Truth About Finding Facts In A World Of Fakes

Fakery is gushing in from everywhere and we’re drowning in it.

Feb 18, 2019
Deutschlandfunkkultur

Are the platforms finally growing up?

Jonas Kaiser in conversation with Vera Linß and Martin Böttcher

Jonas Kaiser on Youtube, platforms, and speech

Feb 16, 2019
Austin American-Statesman

‘A watershed moment’ for disinformation

The past two years have seen an upswing in the number of entities trying to prevent disinformation online

Feb 15, 2019
Just Security

Election Security

Questions for the House Homeland Security Hearing

Should Congress and federal agencies be sharing and receiving more with platforms like Facebook to aid them in enforcing better moderation policies?

Feb 12, 2019
Project VRM

A citizen-sovereign way to pay for news—or for any creative work

Doc Searls on getting the supply and demand sides of creative markets together to better support journalism

Feb 11, 2019
Newsday

Change how Facebook uses our data

Scandals underscore the need to regulate use of customers' information

"Facebook needs to change how it handles user data and personal information."

Feb 11, 2019
The Atlantic

How the “attention backbone" works to spread misinformation

Berkman Klein research cited in a writeup of how political figures are contributing to the spread of misinformation through fringe news sites and into the mainstream media

Feb 10, 2019
Economic and Political Weekly

On WhatsApp, Rumours, and Lynchings

In the last decade, India has seen multiple rounds of communal violence in which rumour and information technology played a role

Feb 9, 2019
Nieman Lab

Transparency, diversity, philanthropy

The Knight Commission’s final recommendations for 21st-century journalism

Democracy and the news media are inextricably intertwined, and it is clear that both are in crisis.

Feb 6, 2019
Council on Foreign Relations

A Bold Proposal for Fighting Censorship: Increase the Collateral Damage

BKC Affiliate Valentin Weber proposes a bold censorship workaround for activists living under repressive regimes.

Jan 31, 2019

The Technology 202: Facebook's messaging plans spark privacy, antitrust concerns around the world

Facebook’s plans to stitch together its three main messaging services have put the social network back in the glare of regulators around the world

Jan 29, 2019
New York Times

Why Do People Fall for Fake News?

What makes people susceptible to fake news and other forms of strategic misinformation?

Jan 19, 2019
Nieman Reports

How Hashtag Culture Influences International Conversations

In her new book "Memes to Movements," An Xiao Mina explores how people from a historically overlooked nation such as Uganda are able to drive the conversation on issues in…

Jan 17, 2019
C-SPAN

Remedies for Platform Bias

During confirmation hearings AG nominee William Barr is asked how private social media platform's could explicitly attempt to sway an election, and whether there are any remedies…

Jan 16, 2019
Sabelo.io

Americanize my name

This app uses US Census Data and a linguistic algorithm to "Americanize" submitted names, and provoke thought about how names and identities are considered in society

Jan 16, 2019
World Economic Forum

Dialogue Series on New Economic and Social Frontiers

Shaping the New Economy in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Questions are emerging regarding the adequacy of our current economic policies and practices, the social contract between citizens, businesses and governments and the metrics used…

Jan 14, 2019
Data & Society

An Xiao Mina: Memes to Movements

Databite No. 117

A global exploration of internet memes as agents of pop culture, politics, protest, and propaganda on- and offline

Jan 9, 2019
Columbia Journalism Review

Memes counter disinformation, spread awareness of pollution in Beijing

An excerpt from Memes to Movements: How the World’s Most Viral Media Is Changing Social Protest and Power

Jan 8, 2019
Just Security

2018 Was A Trying Year For Social Media Platforms–And Their Users

Three Pathways Forward

Data protection standards alone aren’t enough to make social media companies accountable

Dec 27, 2018
New York Times

Inside Facebook’s Secret Rulebook for Global Political Speech

Under fire for stirring up distrust and violence, the social network has vowed to police its users. But leaked documents raise serious questions about its approach.

Dec 27, 2018
Harvard Magazine

Harvard Portrait: Ruth Okediji

Ruth Okediji, Smith professor of law, traces her enthusiasm for intellectual-property law to a childhood love of literature and storytelling.

Dec 21, 2018
The Guardian

'Woke Gaming' named one of 2018's best new books about video games

Woke Gaming seeks to push readers to recognize persistent inequalities, as well as those who struggle for change within both our virtual worlds and in our everyday communities.

Dec 20, 2018
Foreign Policy

The War Torn Web

A once-unified online world has broken into new warring states.

"Digitalpolitik," is an emerging tactical playbook for how governments use their political, regulatory, military, and commercial powers to project influence in global, digital…

Dec 19, 2018
MIT Technology Review

Inside Shenzhen’s race to outdo Silicon Valley

Shenzhen flooded the world with cheap gadgets. Can it now become what Silicon Valley never did — a global hub of innovation, entrepreneurship, and manufacturing?

Dec 18, 2018
Wired

Yes, Big Platforms Could Change Their Business Models

The few companies that control our digital public sphere—Facebook, Google, and Twitter—are all driven by the same fundamental business model, and it has only grown more pernicious…

Dec 17, 2018
Bloomberg

Instagram May Have Been Key Tool in Russia's Manipulation of U.S. Voters

Renee DiResta discusses the results of a new report commissioned by the Senate Intelligence Committee about Russian interference in U.S. elections.

Dec 17, 2018
BBC Media Action Insight Blog

The truth about health misinformation: it’s not just about fact checking

Three approaches from the field of health communication people can use for combatting misinformation in other contexts.

Dec 17, 2018
Nieman Journalism Lab

Think 2018 was bad? Wait until you see 2019

Unless journalists decide to take a stand and rethink the current status quo, 2019 will be darker and gloomier.

Dec 15, 2018
Undark

Don't Worry About Deepfakes. Worry About Why People Fall for Them.

There are good reasons to believe that deepfakes will not be a threat in the near future, and that they, in fact, may never pose a significant threat.

Dec 13, 2018
News

Facebook leader sits down with Harvard’s Jonathan Zittrain

Professor Jonathan Zittrain discusses the social media giant’s ‘long year’ with Facebook's head of global policy management Monika Bickert.

Dec 5, 2018
Slate

Fandom’s Fate Is Not Tied to Tumblr’s

If Tumblr doesn’t learn from history, it will be headed for the same fate as LiveJournal.

After Tumblr’s recent announcement that it will no longer allow “adult content” many have been asking where fan creators, LGBTQ people, and support communities will go.

Dec 5, 2018
The Atlantic

Stories from the front lines of the fight against hate speech

Brittan Heller joins the Atlantic to explore the debate about free speech — on campuses, on tech platforms, and in our political life.

Dec 5, 2018
Pacific Standard

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Has Mastered the Politics of Digital Intimacy

Should there be a public archive or public record of a politician's social media as soon as they become a public official?

Nov 30, 2018
Cyberlaw Clinic

How Podcast Platforms Respond to Hate Speech: Clinic Releases New Memo

The Cyberlaw Clinic shares a new memorandum on content regulation policy for the podcasting community

Nov 29, 2018
Dictionary.com

Dictionary.com's 2018 Word Of The Year Is "Misinformation"

Watch these experts help explain “Misinformation” in 2018

Nov 22, 2018
Just Security

Prosecuting Wikileaks, Protecting Press Freedoms

Drawing the Line at Knowing Collaboration with a Foreign Intelligence Agency

The inadvertent disclosure of the likely existence of a sealed indictment against Julian Assange raises the question of what the constitutional implications of such an indictment…

Nov 19, 2018
NYU Press

The Digital Edge

How Black and Latino Youth Navigate Digital Inequality

Andres Lombana-Bermudez contributes to a new book about how black and Latino youth learn, create, and collaborate online.

Nov 16, 2018
Schneier on Security

Information Attacks against Democracies

The same fake news techniques that benefit autocracies by making everyone unsure about political alternatives undermine democracies by making people question the common political…

Nov 15, 2018
Wired

From QAnon to Pizzagate, When Online Conspiracies Form Cults

We used to worry about filter bubbles, which accidentally trap users in a certain sphere of information. In the era of social networks, the bubble has expanded.

Nov 13, 2018
Boston Review

Selling Outrage

Yochai Benkler argues that the mainstream media is our best hope for tempering the radical right.

Nov 12, 2018
Prostasia

Should we Kik anonymous messaging to the curb?

How the anonymous messaging platform Kik should approach safety for its young audience

Nov 12, 2018
El Pais

The Leaders of the Big Technology Think Themselves Smarter than Others

Jonathan Zittrain says the chances that the Internet will be a engine for positivity are lower than they were ten years ago

Nov 12, 2018
LA Times

How the 'propaganda feedback loop' of right-wing media keeps more than a quarter of Americans siloed

Why is there so often no overlap, no resemblance whatsoever between the news events reported in mainstream print and broadcast coverage?

Nov 7, 2018
Fast Company

Trump has Twitter. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is winning Instagram

“What’s striking about Ocasio-Cortez’s style is just how digitally native it seems."

Nov 6, 2018
Washington Post

Blame Fox, not Facebook, for fake news

"The highly asymmetric pattern of media ecosystems we observe on the right and the left, despite the fact that Facebook and Twitter usage is roughly similar on both sides,…

Nov 6, 2018
The Guardian

A new campaign to save the web from abuse

A ‘Magna Carta for the web’ will protect people’s rights online from threats such as fake news, prejudice and hate, says founder of the world wide web

Nov 5, 2018
Institute for New Economic Thinking

The Rise of Fake News

On the surge in misinformation since the 2016 elections

Nov 2, 2018
Podcast

How Youth Are Reinventing Instagram and Why Having Multiple Accounts Is Trending

Our Youth & Media team looked at how teens are using social media to figure out who they are.

Nov 2, 2018
ACM on Human-Computer Interaction

Deliberation and Resolution on Wikipedia

A Case Study of Requests for Comments

Papers related to communication and design of communication systems

Nov 1, 2018
Chatham House

Is the Web Neutral?

Three Views on the Structure of the Internet

Does the web produce particular outcomes because of how it is built, or does it merely reflect society?

Oct 29, 2018
Washington Post

An expert on ‘dangerous speech’ explains how Trump’s rhetoric and the recent spate of violence are and aren’t linked

On “dangerous speech” in the context of Donald Trump’s rhetoric

Oct 29, 2018
SSRN

Common-Knowledge Attacks on Democracy

Scaling up computer security arguments to the level of the state, so that the entire polity is treated as an information system with associated attack surfaces and threat models,…

Oct 29, 2018
Technology for Global Security

The Online Targeting of Journalists with Anti-Semitic Intimidation

How can platforms help to combat the targeting and harassment of journalists?

Oct 25, 2018
New York Magazine

An Xiao Mina on the Internet cold war

An American internet rife with hyperpartisanship and stratified along race, gender, and class lines, versus a Chinese internet tranquil and free of abuse

Oct 25, 2018
Washington Post

The Russians didn’t swing the 2016 election to Trump

But Fox News might have

The fundamental driver of disinformation in American politics of the past three years has not been Russia, but Fox News and the insular right-wing media ecosystem it anchors.

Oct 24, 2018
Harvard Law Today

‘Network Propaganda’ takes a closer look at media and American politics

"Professional mainstream media — both in its professional centrist model, and in its highly commercially successful right-wing model — is the scaffolding on which everything else…

Oct 23, 2018
Newsgeist 2018

Reality Television & Geopolitics

An Xiao Mina talks reality television and geopolitics at Newsgeist US 2018.

Oct 18, 2018
TEDx

No Longer Running Naked through the Digital World

We are now digital as well as physical beings, and this is new to a human

Oct 12, 2018
Wired

Algorithmic Megaphones and Free Speech

Where is the line between authentic free speech and the manipulation of speech?

Oct 12, 2018
Open Tech Fund

Match Made in Heaven

Authoritarian States and Digital Surveillance

On the state of information controls in Azerbaijan

Oct 8, 2018
New York Times

Russian Meddling Is a Symptom, Not the Disease

Foreign meddling is to our politics what a fever is to tuberculosis: a mere symptom of a deeper problem.

Oct 3, 2018
Medium

Diagramming Platform Moderation Dilemmas

A Work in Progress

A theoretical model of platform moderation, and how sites like Twitter and Facebook should think about when and why to suppress certain objectionable content

Oct 1, 2018
Cato Institute

Network Propaganda: Manipulation, Disinformation, and Radicalization in American Politics

Yochai Benkler at the Cato Institute in Washington, DC.

Sep 28, 2018
Law360

Harvard Cyberlaw Clinic Backs Airbnb In Rowdy Guest Suit

Our Cyberlaw Clinic has urged the Ninth Circuit court not to touch a lower court decision ending a corporate landlord's lawsuit accusing Airbnb of helping tenants break building…

Sep 28, 2018
The Tow Center for Digital Journalism

Network Propaganda

A discussion on how to think about technology, politics, and media in the post-truth moment

Sep 26, 2018
Common Dreams

Facebook Will Fail to Solve #FakeNews

Zuckerberg needs to step back for his company to succeed

"Facebook’s responsibilities go beyond those of any other digital platform, and yet people seem to believe it fails to cope with these responsibilities"

Aug 28, 2018
The New Yorker

A New Book Details the Damage Done by the Right-Wing Media in 2016

Harvard authors connect American politics, media, and technology in "a provocative new book"

Aug 28, 2018
MIT Technology Review

How social media took us from Tahrir Square to Donald Trump

To understand how digital technologies went from instruments for spreading democracy to weapons for attacking it, you have to look beyond the technologies themselves.

Aug 14, 2018
Open Democracy

The Cambridge Analytica scandal is a drop of water trickling down the visible top of an iceberg

Focus on decentralizing power

Most reporters covering the Cambridge Analytica story are missing out on the big picture. The scale of the operation was only possible because Facebook has too much data about too…

Mar 20, 2018
Open Democracy

The present and future of a centralized internet

Understanding the risks future technology and intermediaries might pose to the internet as a tool for social change.

Mar 13, 2018
Open Democracy

Who’s to blame? The internet on the defendant's bench

Seeking to unravel what is behind a change in public sentiment towards the internet, this series begins with intersecting dimensions in what is lazily often presented as ‘The…

Dec 6, 2017
Video

AI Threats to Civil Liberties and Democracy

Chinmayi Arun of the Centre for Communication Governance at National Law University, Delhi

Chinmayi Arun discusses the challenges unchecked AI development could pose to civil liberties in Asia.

Jan 11, 2017

Projects, Programs, and Tools 15

AI: Media and Information Quality

As autonomous systems play an increasing role in selecting the content we see online, questions arise about AI's influence on human judgment, opinions, and perceptions. More

Assembly: Disinformation

Assembly: Disinformation takes up disinformation in the digital public sphere from a cybersecurity perspective. The program convenes cohorts of experts, professionals, and students More

Harmful Speech Online

The Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society is in the third year of a research, policy analysis, and network building effort devoted to the study of harmful speech, in close… More

Lumen

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… More

Media Cloud

Media Cloud is an open source, open data platform that allows researchers to answer complex quantitative and qualitative questions about the content of online media. More

Youth and Media

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

metaLAB (at) Harvard

Explores the digital arts and humanities through research, teaching, publications, and exhibitions More

Past

Blogging Common

Blogging Common seeks to capture and present the spirit and wisdom of the blogosphere by surveying bloggers around the globe. More

Past

Center for Citizen Media

The Center for Citizen Media is a new initiative aimed at helping to enable and encourage grassroots media, especially citizen journalism, at every level. More

Past

Digital Media Law Project

Founded in 2007 as the "Citizen Media Law Project," the Digital Media Law Project (DMLP) works to ensure that individuals and organizations involved in online journalism and… More

E-Publishing Models

With the generous support of the Revson Foundation, the E-Publishing Models Project is focused on exploring current issues associated with digital publishing business models and… More

Global Network Initiative

In partnership with the Center for Democracy and Technology and Business for Social Responsibility, in addition to leading human rights groups, academic institutions, socially… More

Impact of the Internet on Russian Politics, Media, and Society

With funding from the MacArthur Foundation, the Berkman Center is undertaking a two-year research project to investigate the role of the Internet in Russian society. More

Internet and Democracy

The Internet and Democracy Project is an initiative that will examine how the Internet influences democratic norms and modes, including its impact on civil society, citizen media,… More

Media Re:public

Media Re:public is a research project that examines the current and potential impact of participatory news media. More


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