New Digital Realities; New Oversight Solutions

A new report by authors Tom Wheeler, Phil Verveer, and Gene Kimmelman addresses the challenge of government oversight for digital platform companies. It suggests the creation of a new federal agency designed to deal with digital issues rather than industrial ones, and the development of a new approach that replaces industrial era regulation with a new, more agile regulatory model better suited for the dynamism of the digital era.

Upcoming Events

Eugene Robinson

On Wednesday, October 28th at 6:00pm ET, join us for the 30th annual Theodore H. White Lecture on Press and Politics, delivered by Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post, with Shorenstein Center Director Nancy Gibbs moderating. As the 2020 election quickly approaches, are there similarities to 2016…

Jake Shapiro

Part of the speaker series on misinformation, co-sponsored by the NULab at Northeastern University. Since 2014 there have been at least 74 nation-state led online influence campaigns targeting other countries through deceptive social media, with 21 of those in 2019 alone. How…

Featured Research

COVID-19 fake news on Twitter

The latest survey conducted by the multi-university COVID-19 Consortium for Understanding the Public’s Policy Preferences Across States, led in part by Shorenstein Center faculty Matthew Baum sought to answer the question of who is spreading misinformation on COVID-19. You can read the…

COVID-19 test result times have gotten faster, but cannot support broad contact tracing

The latest survey conducted by the multi-university COVID-19 Consortium for Understanding the Public’s Policy Preferences Across States, led in part by Shorenstein Center faculty Matthew Baum looked the speed at which survey respondents received COVID-19 test results, and what that means for…

Partisan differences in intention to vote by mail could delay election calls in key states

The latest survey conducted by the multi-university COVID-19 Consortium for Understanding the Public’s Policy Preferences Across States, led in part by Shorenstein Center faculty Matthew Baum looked how likely survey respondents were to vote by absentee or mail-in ballot, and what that…

Featured Audio & Video

Confronting Disinformation: A Conversation with Audrey Tang

On Tuesday, September 22, 2020 the Shorenstein Center hosted a virtual conversation with Audrey Tang, Taiwan’s Digital Minister in charge of Social Innovation, moderated by Dr. Joan Donovan. This event was cosponsored by The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation and The…

Untying Knots: Episode 2

Voter Oppression and Suppression: A Living Case Study in Georgia Hosts: Erica Licht and Nikhil Raghuveera Featuring: Christopher Bruce (ACLU of Georgia) and Nse Ufot (New Georgia Project) Following the end of the Civil War, Southern states immediately sought to…

News

Dr. Joan Donovan

Research Director Joan Donovan and Technology and Social Change Project release Media Manipulation Casebook

Big Tech: Regulation and Moderation

The heads of the “Big Four” tech companies – Google, Apple, Amazon, and Facebook – are testifying today in front of the House Judiciary Committee as part of the ongoing investigation into potential antitrust violations in the tech industry. The…