Technology & Democracy

Expert Analysis, data, and insights on the world's most pressing issues regarding technology and democracy.

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Freedom on the Net 2019 Interactive Map

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Should Ukraine Drop Sanctions against Russian Tech Companies?


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New Report Press Release: Freedom on the Net 2019

 Freedom on the Net 2019 reveals crisis on popular platforms

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How Technology Platforms Should Deal with Hostile State-Owned Propaganda Outlets

False news, information operations, and online propaganda pose significant but distinct threats to the functioning of a democracy.

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An Explainer for When the Internet Goes Down: What, Who, and Why?

What’s the difference between a block and a blackout? Who’s responsible? What can be done?

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I Opted Out of Facial Recognition at the Airport—It Wasn't Easy

Opinion: We've been assured that facial recognition technology is secure, reliable, and accurate. That's far from certain.

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Avoiding the Pitfalls of Social Media Regulation

New government rules are being advanced without an assessment of their possible long-term effects. Nowhere is this more evident than with regard to Section 230.

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Freedom on the Net 2018

Browse last year's report. 

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China Media Bulletin

The monthly China Media Bulletin provides unique insight on censorship, media freedom, and internet freedom issues related to the People's Republic of China, drawing on both English and Chinese-language sources. Click to learn more, or subscribe here



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Adrian Shahbaz

Research Director, Technology and Democracy


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Allie Funk

Research Analyst, Freedom on the Net


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Sarah Cook

Senior Research Analyst, China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan


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