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The Internet and end of life

As the world continues to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, there is an emerging need for bereavement support at a critical level. This report finds that online spaces are a crucial cornerstone of support to people grieving and people at the end of their life, providing...
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Good foundations: why democracies should care about the wiring of the Internet

This paper explains what protocols are - how they work, why they matter and how they are governed. It explores the implications of this approach and urges a closer relationship between the architects of Internet protocols and those responsible for the publics they affect.
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The future of towns

This report explores the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the future of towns in the United Kingdom. The authors have developed a new typology of towns, and provide in-depth analysis of the challenges facing different town types.
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Engendering hate: the contours of state-aligned gendered disinformation online

This report outlines a framework for understanding how disinformation is being used online to exclude women from public life. The report finds that gendered disinformation is parasitic on news events, existing rumours, and underlying social stereotypes, and can be extremely successful in reaching a broad...
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Polis and the political process

This report finds that calls for greater regulation in political campaigns have a far greater consensus of support among the general public than arguments against regulation. The research finds that a large majority (61%) of people think profiling people based on their online data should...