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

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…

Even now, Trump still have approval ratings far higher than George Bush. Here’s Why

Turning on the news or scrolling down a social media feed reveals a litany of headlines detailing the President’s latest snafu. Despite this, Trump boasts higher approval ratings than his less controversial Republican predecessors, including former President George Bush. HKS…

Resources and Reading on Racial Justice, Racial Equity and Anti-Racism

A list of books, articles, podcasts, organizations, and other resources, curated by the Institutional Anti-Racism and Accountability Project, to help better understand current issues about race, and what it means to be anti-racist.

This is a Moment of Generational Change for Black People – If We Learn the Lessons of the Past

This commentary by Executive Director Setti Warren was first published in The Telegraph (UK) on June 5, 2020. We are living at a time of generational change and if we embrace principles from previous movements, we can alter the lives of future generations.

George Floyd protests highlight the deep racial disparities in the US

(This article by Shorenstein Center Executive Director Setti Warren first appeared in the UK’s The Telegraph on May 31, 2020.) In February of 1968 the Kerner Commission report was released…to understand the causes of the 1967 race riots in the United States and provide recommendations for the future. The recent killing of George Floyd shines a light on the fact that more than 50 years later, our cities find themselves in much the same circumstances.

Dr. Joan Donovan Named Shorenstein Center Research Director

The Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy is pleased to announce that Dr. Joan Donovan has been named Research Director for the Center. In addition to this appointment, Dr. Donovan will continue in her role as the Director…