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COVID-19 Disinformation Briefing No.3

This is the second in a series of briefings from ISD’s Digital Research Unit on the information ecosystem around COVID-19. This first briefing compiles research from ISD’s own analysis of online platforms, as well as summarising recent investigations and research on the state of play of disinformation around COVID-19.

Algorithm Inspection and Regulatory Access

Algorithms play a central role in social media platforms – and may contribute to systemic, structural challenges to democracy and human rights. As identified in the White Paper, through their decisions around the design of algorithms, the platforms have a significant impact on citizens’ rights to information and free expression, our rights not to be discriminated against or abused, and core democratic values.

Covid-19 Disinformation Briefing No.2

This is the second in a series of briefings from ISD’s Digital Research Unit on the information ecosystem around coronavirus (COVID-19). This briefing focuses on the way far-right groups and individuals are mobilising around COVID-19 in the US. The first briefing in the series can be found on ISD’s website.

Young Digital Leaders: 2019 Curriculum (all languages)

À l’Institut pour le Dialogue Stratégique (ISD), nous pensons que pour que la communauté numérique soit synonyme d´ énergie positive, de créativité et de bonnes expériences, les jeunes doivent apprendre à être de vrais acteurs sur Internet et non de simples spectateurs.

COVID-19 Disinformation Briefing No.1

This is the first in a series of briefings from ISD’s Digital Research Unit on the information ecosystem around COVID-19. This first briefing compiles research from ISD’s own analysis of online platforms, as well as summarising recent investigations and research on the state of play of disinformation around COVID-19.

Digital Citizenship Education: Programming Toolkit

This toolkit has been designed as a resource for Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) whose missions focus on education, youth engagement, digital citizenship, online safety and/or social cohesion. Education practitioners working directly with young people in schools or youth centres may find aspects useful too.

The Online Ecosystem of the German Far-Right

This report presents the findings of a research project of ISD’s Digital Analysis Unit about the alternative online-ecosystem of the far-right, including alternative social media platforms and alternative media outlets. While these platforms draw in a global audience this report focuses specifically on the German speaking and Germany-focused communities and outlets within this ecosystem. Drawing together ISD’s digital ethnographic work across dozens of forums and channels with the latest in machine learning and natural language processing, this report provides an overview over the size and nature of the far-right communities on these platforms the motivations for participating in these communities and assesses whether banning far-right groups from mainstream platforms leads to the displacement of their followers to ‘alternative’ platforms. We also analyse the role of alternative ‘news’ outlets in disseminating far right concepts, drawing on the‘Hate Observatory’, a joint initiative of ISD and the MIT Media Lab , based on their Media Cloud software, and compare the frequency and types of coverage of far-right themes in mainstream and alternative media. This report also recommends steps to be taken by tech companies, government, civil society and researchers to counter the far-right online.

Das Online-Ökosystem Rechtsextremer Akteure

Dieser Report präsentiert die Ergebnisse eines Forschungsprojekts der Digital Analysis Unit am ISD (Institute for Strategic Dialogue) über das alternative Online-Ökosystem rechtsextremer Akteure, einschließlich alternativer Social-Media-Plattformen und alternativer Medien.