Policy & Issues Research

Space Invaders: The Networked Terrain of Zoom Bombing

August 26, 2020, 1:13 pm
Brian Friedberg, Gabrielle Lim, and Joan Donovan, PhD

In this report, the authors examine how Zoom bombing works, the sociotechnical systems that enabled it, and the networked terrain of the attacks.

New Digital Realities; New Oversight Solutions

August 20, 2020, 9:22 am
Tom Wheeler, Phil Verveer, and Gene Kimmelman

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.

Survey finds majority in U.S. believe it is unsafe for schools to reopen in fall

August 19, 2020, 3:43 pm

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage the country as we draw closer to a new school year leaving school districts across the United States struggling with the decision of whether to stay remote in the fall, return to classes in…

COVID-19 and its Links to Nationwide Protests

August 16, 2020, 2:07 pm

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 and Kennedy School Institute of Politics Polling Director John Della Volpe looked at the many intersections…

Will Americans Vacinate Themselves and Their Children Against COVID-19?

August 16, 2020, 1:35 pm

If a COVID-19 vaccine becomes available, what is the likelihood Americans will vaccinate themselves? A new 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 and Kennedy…

New COVID Study Finds Testing Results are Coming Too Late to Help Slow the Coronavirus’ Spread.

August 16, 2020, 1:09 pm

The seventh 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 and Kennedy School Institute of Politics Polling Director John Della Volpe, reported that delays in COVID-19 test…

Conveying Truth: Independent Media in Putin’s Russia

August 10, 2020, 5:53 pm
Ann Cooper, Spring 2020 Joan Shorenstein Fellow

A new report from Shorenstein Center Fellow Ann Cooper describes the origins and evolution of independent media in Russia from the late Soviet era to the coronavirus crisis of 2020.

New COVID Public Opinion Study Finds Increased Support for Vote By Mail

August 9, 2020, 7:13 pm

The sixth 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 and Kennedy School Institute of Politics Polling Director John Della Volpe, found not only an increase…

New COVID Public Opinion Study Finds Declining Approval for Government Executives

July 9, 2020, 3:17 pm

The fifth 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 and Kennedy School Institute of Politics Polling Director John Della Volpe, found that between…

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.