Dr. Joan Donovan

New Media Manipulation Casebook

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

Concrete Recommendations for Cutting Through Misinformation During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Shorenstein Center’s Research Director Dr. Joan Donovan provides concrete recommendations for public health information officers and communication professionals drafting communication campaigns for health agencies and health organizations to maximize the chance that timely health advisories reach the public. You can read…

Shorenstein Center receives $1 million in support of project on media manipulation

The Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School has received a $1 million gift from Craig Newmark Philanthropies in support of the ongoing work of the Technology and Social Change Research Project. The project aims…

Shorenstein Center receives $600,000 grant for antiracism project

The Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School has received a $600,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in support of The Institutional Antiracism and Accountability (IARA) Project. The IARA Project’s goal is to use…

What will it take to stand up again together? Start with accountability

The United States succumbed to a “cascade of crises” in the spring and summer of 2020, as the nation simultaneously grappled with a pandemic, a recession, and racial tensions. The aftermath left the country disjointed, aggrieved, and pained. In this…

India’s TikTok Ban Dispels the Myth of the “China Bogeyman”

US tech giants like Mark Zuckerberg have long warned that heavy regulation on data collection for social media platforms like Facebook will strengthen the positions of Chinese companies. This argument resonated with Congress in 2018, as Zuckerberg defended his company…

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…

Why words aren’t enough from companies claiming to support Black Lives Matter

As the country erupted into protests following the murder of George Floyd, companies across the spectrum issued their respective statements of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. These external displays of support for Black people appear as empty gestures,…

You Purged Racists From Your Website? Great, Now Get to Work

The comment sections of social media platforms hold some of the most vitriolic outbursts of hate on the internet. Despite this, US tech giants remain reluctant to censor comments and content on their respective platforms to protect their users’ First…

Protest misinformation is riding on the success of pandemic hoaxes

All it takes is a chain of misinformed retweets, reposts, or shares to start a conspiracy. While this might seem far-fetched, this habit of spreading misinformation on social media birthed a group of coronavirus deniers at the onset of the…