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April 11, 2019

Radicalization and Extremism
Hate Speech on Social Media: Global Comparisons

Violence attributed to online hate speech has increased worldwide. Societies confronting the trend must deal with questions of free speech and censorship on widely used tech platforms.

A memorial outside Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand.

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.

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

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

April 8, 2014

Global
Popular Media and Social Change

Isobel Coleman hosts William Ryerson, founder and president of the Population Media Center, and Roshaneh Zafar, founder and managing director of the Kashf Foundation, for a discussion about harnessin…

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

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

November 21, 2017

Russia
Countering Russian Information Operations in the Age of Social Media

Russia's information warfare operations, aimed to weaken adversaries' social cohesion and political systems, are complex and adaptive, but Western governments can take steps to guard against them.

A Russian flag and a 3-D model of the Facebook logo is seen through a cutout of the Twitter logo in this photo illustration taken in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on May 22, 2015.

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

May 22, 2019

South Africa
Emboldened Ramaphosa Asserts Authority Over South Africa’s ANC

Under the leadership of Cyril Ramaphosa, the African National Congress (ANC), improved its electoral performance in the 2019 national elections. The ANC won more than 58 percent of the vote, up from 54 percent in the local government elections of 2016, though still a decline from the 62 percent in won in 2014 national elections. 

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