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About the Event

With hateful and harmful content ramping up around elections and conflicts across the globe, disinformation is thriving. While global platforms allow users to generate massive volumes of content thereby serving as powerful conduits of commerce, communication, and community as well as inclusive access to information and economic resources, at the same time, these same platforms present novel challenges; these challenges arise when users start generating content that is false or harmful or both and steer the platform communities towards division rather than inclusion. If unchecked either by the platforms themselves or by regulators or civil society this gives rise to many risks: eroding societal institutions, threatening democratic and civic processes, undermining public health, endangering disadvantaged minorities or minors, and contributing to economic disparities.

The need for cross-sector action to ensure platforms themselves and regulation are working for society and not against it cannot be more urgent. This December, we examine the implications and impact online platforms will have on the global community and what we can do to improve them and ensure that user generated content contributes to civic discourse, informed societies and inclusive growth.

Join us as we create a unique forum for thought leaders and experts to explore and weigh in on critical challenges affecting the digital public sphere, design technical and regulatory solutions that address these issues, and answer questions including: Can a global approach be developed to address these tensions while maintaining or even enhancing the inclusive social contribution of platforms? Can we avoid the unintended consequences of an internationally fragmented approach to content moderation requirements? Are the world’s most vulnerable populations given adequate protections, even as the platforms prioritize the most powerful governments? How can we ensure that these platforms work for everyone, everywhere, and what is the role that each sector can and should play to get us there?

Conference Papers (In Progress)



Anne Marie Engtoft Larsen

Tech Ambassador, Danish Government

Artur Pericles

Wikimedia Fellow,
Information Society Project

Cameron Hickey

Program Director,
Algorithmic Transparency, National Conference on Citizenship

Carlo Garbarino

Associate Professor,
Tax Law at SDA Bocconi

Christoph Busch

Professor of European Private and Business Law,
University of Osnabruck (Germany) and
a Visiting Fellow at Yale ISP

Conor Sanchez

Content Policy, Meta

Ed Bice

CEO, Meedan

Eric Goldman

Professor of Law,
Santa Clara University School of Law,
Co-director of the High Tech Law Institute

Frederico Lupo Pasini

Associate Professor,
Commercial and Corporate Law at the Durham Law School

Jufang Wang

Deputy Director,
Oxford Global Society

Shashank Mohan

Program Manager,
Centre for Communication Governance

Tiffany Hsu

Misinformation Reporter, The New York TImes


Bhaskar Chakravorti

Dean of Global Business, The Fletcher School, Tufts University

Daniel Drezner

Professor of International Politics,
The Fletcher School

Joel Trachtman

Professor of International Law,
The Fletcher School

Josephine Wolff

Associate Professor of Cybersecurity Policy,
The Fletcher School

Published Papers

Recent global estimates suggest that school closures and unequal access to technology-based educational inputs used for remote learning will aggravate the existing equity gaps in education. ASER  Digital Check 2020 captures information on various dimensions such as children’s sex, their school type, and their parents’ education level to explore this widening equity gap in education in rural India.

In collaboration with ASER Centre, Pratham India 

Data governance has become an essential, albeit challenging task for policymakers. They must develop new visions, strategies, structures, policies, and processes. Governments that can accomodate a flexible approach to governing different types of data use and re-use in a responsive, accountable, ethical, and anticipatory manner are likely to build and maintain trust.

In collaboration with the Digital Trade and Data Governance Hub at The George Washington University

How can real-time social analytics provide a tool for inclusive policymaking? This report uses a dataset of over 873 million online interactions drawn from more than one hundred social and mainstream media channels to analyze public sentiment and emotion in response to the pandemic management of eight governments between January and July 2020.

In collaboration with Equiception

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