This report presents the findings of Young Digital Leaders Phase 2, a digital citizenship education programme delivered by ISD and supported by Google.org. It was designed to empower young people across Europe to be positive and proactive members of their online communities, with roll-out across Bulgaria, Greece and Romania in 2019. It contains impact data and analysis from various participant groups – students, teachers and parents – as well as broader recommendations for digital citizenship policy and programming.
To help address the need for a more robust and youth-inclusive evidence base, ISD conducted a survey that was completed by 728 young activists globally to find out which barriers and opportunities had been most significant to their activism journey, as well as which skills they valued most.
UK General Election 2019: Digital disruption by the political parties, and the need for new rules (joint paper)
This briefing brings together the findings of a group of eight organisations who monitored the UK’s digital landscape leading up to the General Election. It provides overwhelming evidence that current regulations are not fit for the digital era.
On 8th April 2019, the UK Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) released its much-anticipated Online Harms White Paper, setting out a range of proposed legislative and non-legislative measures to tackle online harms ranging from illegal (e.g. terrorist content) through to harmful but not necessarily illegal online behaviour.
An imprecise science: Assessing interventions for the prevention, disengagement and de-radicalisation of left and right-wing extremists
This report examines intervention approaches currently being used to challenge political extremism globally, drawing on 19 interviews with practitioners based in Belgium, Canada, Germany, France, Sweden, the UK and USA.
This new toolkit will help practitioners engage more confidently with women and girls affiliated with Islamist extremism and provide guidance for broader community groups involved in safeguarding at-risk women and girls in Europe. Building on a series of interviews with intervention providers, the new toolkit sheds light on some of the reasons why British women became affiliated with ISIS. The interviews have informed a new practical toolkit which includes recommendations, case studies and tools.
The Management of Terrorist Content: How Al Qaeda Texts Continue to Evade Facebook and YouTube Detection
This briefing paper highlights Al Qaeda content available on YouTube and Facebook and exposes the continued persistence of gaps in the companies’ ability to identify and remove content, which they have committed to doing.
ISD submitted expert advice to the consultation on the UK Government’s Online Harms White Paper, which lays out the stated design for regulation of technology companies in the UK. ISD worked with leading UK research and civil society organisations including Carnegie UK, Demos, Doteveryone, the Fawcett Society and the Jo Cox Foundation to produce a joint statement on the Online Harms White Paper and the direction of regulation in the UK.