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June 18, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
How Social Media Has Reshaped Feminism

While women are still underrepresented in media generally, social media encourages a more level playing field, allowing for the voices of women from a wider array of backgrounds and countries, with o…

An activist uses a mobile phone as she participates in a demonstration for women's rights on January 21, 2018 in Berlin, Germany.

May 17, 2018

Digital Policy
How Europe and Canada Are Fighting Foreign Political Ads on Social Media

New Facebook data reveals that foreign advertisers may have tried to influence the upcoming Irish referendum on abortion. More proof that ad transparency initiatives for social media are necessary to…

Irish abortion referendum

April 25, 2018

United States
Close Social Media Loopholes to Protect Upcoming U.S. Elections

The 2018 U.S. midterms are less than eight months away, and Congress has done nothing to close loopholes that enable political advertising on social media to fuel disinformation and division. Time fo…

Zuck before Congress

July 6, 2011

Nigeria
Technology, Social Media, and Nigeria’s Elections

An official of MTN, a mobile telecommunications company, registers a SIM card as he attends to customers at a makeshift SIM card registration centre in Nigeria's capital Abuja August 3, 2010. (Af…

Technology, Social Media, and Nigeria’s Elections

January 10, 2019

Central Africa
In Africa, A New Tactic to Suppress Online Speech: Taxing Social Media

After protesters used social media apps to topple dictators during the Arab Spring, governments in Africa are adopting a new tactic to curtail their influence: taxing social media usage.

social media protest

June 26, 2017

Germany
Germany’s Misguided Social Media Law Is a Minefield for U.S. Tech

U.S. tech firms have always found the European market a tricky one to navigate. Germany's new social media law is the latest challenge they will have to overcome.

Bundestag

November 27, 2017

Russia
New Cyber Brief: Countering Russian Information Operations in the Age of Social Media

The Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program has launched a new Cyber Brief. This one examines ways to counter Russian information operations on social media. The brief was written by Keir Giles, a seni…

Social media

August 14, 2017

Israel
Is Zionism "Creepy"? The Question at the Heart of a Social-Media Controversy Deserves an Answer

A Palestinian-American activist's 2012 tweet unleashes a firestorm. But Zionism, good or bad, is not that weird.

BP08142017

October 3, 2012

Americas
Latin America’s Growing Social Network

In 2000 only 8 million Latin Americans were active online. Today that number has ballooned to 129 million regular users—more than a 1000 percent increase—with almost all (127 million) signing in to t…

Social Network - LAM

January 23, 2013

Conflict Prevention
Ask the Experts: Social Media and Conflict Prevention

An increasing number of policymakers and think-tank residents are championing the power of social media and big data to pressure governments, empower civil society, deter human rights abuses through …

Facebook protest