Technology Publications

Canaries in the Coal Mine: COVID-19 Misinformation and Black Communities

June 24, 2020, 4:05 pm
Brandi Collins-Dexter, Shorenstein Center Fellow

Even as Black people are disproportionately dying from the virus due to systemic racism, harmful inaccuracies about COVID-19 are metastasizing in Black online spaces. Using multi-site digital ethnography, Shorenstein Center Fellow Brandi Collins-Dexter tracked and identified the spread of this disinformation, and makes recommendations on how to combat it.

Understanding Misinformation on Mobile Instant Messengers (MIMs) in Developing Countries

May 27, 2020, 2:58 pm
Irene V. Pasquetto, Shorenstein Center, Harvard Kennedy School; Eaman Jahani, MIT Institute for Data, Systems and Society; Alla Baranovsky, Harvard Department of Government; and Matthew A. Baum, Shorenstein Center, Harvard Kennedy School

This mixed-methods research project in Nigeria, India, and Pakistan consisted of surveys, survey experiments, and semi-structured interviews, designed to better understand the spread and impact of misinformation, and in particular of misinformation on mobile messaging apps (MIMs).

The Commercialization of Decision-Making: Towards a Regulatory Framework to Address Machine Bias over the Internet

April 24, 2020, 3:04 pm
Dipayan Ghosh

This paper was originally published by the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Dipayan Ghosh is a Shorenstein Fellow and co-director of the Center’s Digital Platforms and Democracy Project. He has served as an economic policy advisor in the White House…

Countering Underinvestment in Prevention by Platform Companies

October 31, 2019, 11:17 am
By Philip Verveer, Senior Fellow, Digital Platforms and Democracy Project

This Policy Paper is part of the Digital Platforms & Democracy Project’s efforts to explain and disseminate ideas about regulation of major technology and digital platform companies. Click here to read more of their research and commentary. The views expressed in…

Countering Negative Externalities in Digital Platforms

October 7, 2019, 9:40 am
Philip Verveer, Senior Fellow, Digital Platforms and Democracy Project

This Policy Paper is part of the Digital Platforms & Democracy Project’s efforts to explain and disseminate ideas about regulation of major technology and digital platform companies. Click here to read more of their research and commentary. The views expressed in…

The Right Way to Regulate Digital Platforms

September 18, 2019, 4:16 pm
Gene Kimmelman, Senior Fellow, Digital Platforms and Democracy Project

This Policy Paper is part of the Digital Platforms & Democracy Project’s efforts to explain and disseminate ideas about regulation of major technology and digital platform companies. Click here to read more of their research and commentary. The views expressed…

Digital Pay-Meter Playbook

August 13, 2019, 8:47 am

The past half-decade has seen a digital subscription renaissance in the news publishing industry. Our research suggests publishers should invest in capabilities to engage in constant testing and experimentation in digital — to build engagement among digital audiences and ultimately convert engaged readers into paying subscribers.

Big Tech and Democracy: The Critical Role of Congress

April 23, 2019, 11:24 am

In March 2019, two projects at Harvard Kennedy School—the Technology and Public Purpose (TAPP) Project at the Belfer Center and the Platform Accountability Project at the Shorenstein Center—hosted a workshop for Congressional staff to identify and discuss policy approaches to the dilemmas of big tech platforms.

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.