Digital policy


Digital Policy Lab ’20 – Companion Papers

The Digital Policy Lab (DPL) is a new inter-governmental working group focused on charting the regulatory and policy path forward to prevent and counter disinformation, hate speech, extremism and terrorism online. From September 2020 to January 2021, the first sessions of the DPL took place. These sessions were accompanied by a set of policy briefs and discussion papers, which can be accessed here.

Digital Policy Lab ’20 – Begleitpapiere

Das Digital Policy Lab ist als eine zwischenstaatliche Arbeitsgruppe konzipiert um den regulatorischen und politischen Weg zur Bekämpfung von Desinformation, Hassrede, Extremismus und Terrorismus im Internet aufzuzeigen. Von September 2020 bis Januar 2021 fanden die ersten Sitzungen des DPL statt. Diese Sitzungen wurden von einer Reihe von Briefings und Diskussionspapieren begleitet, die hier zum Download zu Verfügung stehen.

Layers of Lies: A First Look at Irish Far-Right Activity on Telegram

This report aims to provide a first look into Irish far-right activity on the messaging app, Telegram, where the movement is operating both as identifiable groups and influencers, and anonymously-run channels and groups. This report was produced in conjunction with and its investigative platform as part of their Eyes Right series.

MENA Monitor: Arabic COVID-19 Vaccine Misinformation Online

This report examines the nature and scale of COVID-19 vaccine mis- and disinformation among Arabic-language communities in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) on Facebook. Included is a case study analysing the output of a dubious disinformation hub that masquerades as a think tank as well as detailed findings on leading trends within vaccine misinformation communities in MENA.

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.

Extracts From ISD’s Submitted Response to the UK Government Online Harms White Paper

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.