Technology Research

Platform Accountability: An Interim Measure

April 15, 2019, 10:02 am
Philip Verveer, Shorenstein Center Research Fellow

Download the PDF of this paper here. Introduction The major digital platform companies present a large, complicated array of benefits and problems for the country and the world. The companies increasingly have the attention of both average citizens and senior-most…

Estimating the Effect of Asking About Citizenship on the U.S. Census

March 21, 2019, 1:21 pm

The 2020 U.S. Census will, for the first time since 1950, ask about residents’ citizenship status. The effect of doing so on census completion across different racial/ethnic groups is, however, unknown. Leveraging a survey experiment, we are the first to assess the causal effect of this question change.

Broadband Everywhere

March 5, 2019, 11:26 am
Jim Cashel

Internet access is coming to the other half of the planet through rapid expansion of broadband technologies. Media organizations that recognize the speed and reach of this expansion will enjoy major new and positive opportunities. In this paper, Shorenstein Fellow Jim Cashel reviews the expanding network of broadband access, and makes recommendations for media companies adapting to this new global reality.

The Brain Trust Initiative

December 19, 2018, 2:33 pm
By George Twumasi, Fall 2018 Joan Shorenstein Fellow

The Brain Trust Initiative is a vision to unleash the power of digital media as a force for change across sub-saharan Africa. Abstract: Media in sub-Saharan Africa is at a crossroads. Journalism as a change agent within sub-Saharan Africa has…

Platform Accountability and Contemporary Competition Law: Practical Considerations

November 20, 2018, 4:03 pm
By Philip Verveer, Visiting Fellow, Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy

Introduction “As you know, many people think it is a very antitrust situation, the three of them. But I just, I won’t comment on that.”  President Donald Trump with respect to Google, Facebook, and Amazon, interview with Bloomberg News, August 30,…

The Root of the Matter: Data and Duty

November 1, 2018, 5:28 pm
By Tom Wheeler, Senior Research Fellow, Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy and Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard Kennedy School. 31st Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 2013-2017

Rules for the New Digital Economy Should Look to Old Common Law Traditions There are 39 million books in the Library of Congress. This impressive analog measurement pales in comparison, however, with the realities of the digital world. Every day…

Digital Deceit II: A Policy Agenda to Fight Disinformation on the Internet

October 2, 2018, 10:52 am
By Dipayan Ghosh, Research Fellow at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy; and Ben Scott, Director of Policy & Advocacy at the Omidyar Network

The views expressed in Shorenstein Center Discussion Papers are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of Harvard Kennedy School or of Harvard University. Discussion Papers have not undergone formal review and approval. Such papers are included in…

Time to Fix It: Developing Rules for Internet Capitalism

August 16, 2018, 5:00 am
By Tom Wheeler, Senior Research Fellow, Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy and Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard Kennedy School

A Shorenstein Center Fellows Research Paper by Tom Wheeler, former Chairman of the FCC under President Barack Obama, and Senior Research Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center for Media, Politics and Public Policy and Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government….

Campaign 2018: Improving Cyber Literacy in Political Campaigns

May 7, 2018, 8:30 am
By Donna Brazile, Joan Shorenstein Fellow, Fall 2017
Former Democratic National Committee interim chair and adjunct professor at Georgetown University

A new paper by Donna Brazile, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (fall 2017) and former Democratic National Committee interim chair, examines whether political campaigns are up to the task of handling the threat of cyber attacks ahead of the 2018 midterm elections….

Transparency: What’s Gone Wrong with Social Media and What Can We Do About It?

March 27, 2018, 9:03 am
By Wael Ghonim, Entrepreneurship Fellow, Fall 2017, and author of Revolution 2.0, and Jake Rashbass, Knox Fellow and Master in Public Policy student, Harvard Kennedy School

Introduction: Social Media between Utopia and Dystopia “The Internet is the largest experimentation involving anarchy in history. […] Never before in history have so many people from so many places had so much power at their fingertips. And while this…