Analysis of user reports on censorship

Andrew Quodling

As part of the project with, the research team has been analysing the user reports submitted through the website. In these reports, users detail their experiences of content moderation practices and policies on a variety of social media platforms and discuss the impacts that the moderation decisions of internet companies have on their lives.  We’ve just completed our first pass of analysis for this data — familiarising ourselves with the issues described by users and exploring themes that are apparent amongst user responses. To read more, click  here.


Digital rights advocates: Dilemmas and challenges of working with the public

Efrat Daskal

How do digital rights organizations around the world garner public attention and involvement on issues such as privacy, net neutrality, freedom of expression online, and internet access issues? While activists involved in any political or social cause need to develop a strategy to persuade members of the public to contribute time and money to a particular cause, advocacy around rights online are particularly challenging. Policymaking around these issues are technologically complex and often transnational, and are often highly politicized in various national contexts. In this post and an ongoing IPO research project, Efrat Daskal seeks to understand the ways in which 15 organizations working in different countries from three different continents approach digital rights advocacy. To read more, click here.

How ICT companies operate vis-à-vis human rights issues and the repertoire of company-oriented advocacy

Sarah T. Roberts and Nathalie Maréchal

It seems hard to believe that only a few years ago, asserting that private ICT companies were the “sovereigns of cyberspace,” as Rebecca MacKinnon put it in “Consent of the Networked” (2012), was a fairly new idea. Researching companies’ impact on human rights and pressuring them to amend their practices and provide greater transparencies is now a mainstay of digital rights advocacy, yet many researchers and activists struggle to apply their training and expertise in researching and lobbying governments to the private sector. At a time when network shutdowns, media manipulation, and cybersecurity are making headlines around the globe, it is more vital than ever for civil society to understand how companies make these consequential decisions, how they are implemented, what their effects are, and what kinds of advocacy efforts are most likely to have an impact.

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Do Chinese internet users need another Facebook? Probably not: An analysis of the regulatory and market conditions for the Chinese internet

2016 Annenberg-Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute participant and PhD student at York University and researcher for Canadian Media Concentration Research Project, Lianrui Jia, is researching Post-WTO Internet policies in China – in particular, how the country is supporting and regulating its telecommunication and Internet industry. In an interview with 2016 CGCS visiting scholar Till Waescher she discusses the growing importance of China’s online companies both domestically and internationally, their ambivalent relationship with the Communist Party, and the prospects of U.S. internet companies’ re-entry into the Chinese market. Click here to read more.

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