Media and democracy: unpacking America’s complex views on the digital public square
Three decades after Sir Tim Berners-Lee created the first web server, the technologies that once promised to usher in a new era of democracy are now also being used to spread disinformation and sow distrust. Amid a global pandemic and the contentious political events surrounding...
The Internet shutdowns
Government-imposed internet shutdowns are on the rise globally, with devastating impacts on affected communities. This document highlights some of the countries that are regularly implementing internet blackouts.
Defending peaceful assembly and association in the digital age: takedowns, shutdowns, and surveillance
This paper, supported by case studies from regions across the world, aims to provide an overview of the state of the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association in the digital age and a series of tailored recommendations for various stakeholders.
Regulation of online platforms: what can we learn from 150 years of telecoms regulation?
How to address competition concerns associated with online platforms has become a pressing policy question around the world. This paper outlines some general principles for a new regulatory framework.
Content or context moderation?
This report provides fresh insights for those developing content moderation policy and regulation by illustrating how leading companies’ missions, business models, and team sizes influence their approaches. Along the way, the report teases out the emergent challenges and tensions these actors face in balancing context...
Freedom on the net 2018
Governments around the world are tightening control over citizens’ data and using claims of “fake news” to suppress dissent and erode trust in the internet, as well as the foundations of democracy, according to this report.
Reviews of the Enhancing Online Safety Act 2015 and the Online Content Scheme - discussion paper
This discussion paper is the starting point of two reviews inviting stakeholders and interested parties to provide their views about the Online Safety Act and the Online Content Scheme in Schedules 5 and 7 to the BSA, which regulates the internet industry and content services...
Freedom on the net 2016
Internet freedom has declined for the sixth consecutive year, with more governments than ever before targeting social media and communication apps as a means of halting the rapid dissemination of information, particularly during antigovernment protests.
Privacy and transparency online
Executive summary This report reflects the work of the Freedom Online Coalition’s Working Group 3 “Privacy and Transparency Online”, carried out between August 2014 and May 2015. The Freedom Online Coalition (FOC) is a partnership of 28 governments, working to advance Internet freedom – free...
Freedom on the net 2015
Freedom on the Net 2015 finds internet freedom around the world in decline for a fifth consecutive year as more governments censored information of public interest while also expanding surveillance and cracking down on privacy tools. Content removals increased: Authorities in 42 of the 65...
Fostering freedom online: the role of internet intermediaries
"Fostering Freedom Online: the Role of Internet Intermediaries” is the third title in the UNESCO Internet freedom series. With the rise of Internet intermediaries that play a mediating role on the internet between authors of content and audiences, UNESCO took a joint initiative, with the...