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In addition to academic publications and events, the Wikimedia/Yale Law School Initiative on Intermediaries and Information pursues a diverse research agenda related to emerging issues in internet governance, the right to information, digital rights, privacy and data protection, and content regulation online.

This space is a home for commentary and shorter-form discussions related to these issues, as well as a central repository of written works produced as part of the WIII program.

The views expressed on this blog belong to the author(s) and do not represent the views of Yale Law School or the Information Society Project.


Moderate Globally Impact Locally: Internet Content Moderation in Uganda – A Taxing Situation

November 4, 2020
By Dorothy Mukasa

As technology evolves, society is becoming increasingly interconnected. Some view this as a threat. Godfrey Mutabazi, formerly the Director of the Uganda Communications Commission, said at a digital regulation training that they have to “enforce discipline” among internet users to ensure that undesirable content is filtered out.

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Moderate Globally Impact Locally: Content Moderation in Social Media in Latin America: A promise to consumers

October 27, 2020
By Andrés Calderón

Around the world, intermediary liability rules are coming under close scrutiny. But what makes the Latin American context unique is that, unlike the United States and Europe, there are no settled rules governing the platforms’ legal responsibility for the content they host.

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Moderate Globally Impact Locally: Tackling Social Media’s Hate Speech Problem in India

September 28, 2020
By Akriti Gaur

On 11th August 2020, an offensive Facebook post about Prophet Muhammad played a significant role in inciting violent clashes in Bengaluru in India, the worst that the city has seen in recent history. Unfortunately, this incident is not an isolated one. Hate speech and misinformation propagated through platforms like Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp has resulted in mob violence, lynching, communal riots, and claimed many innocent lives in India.

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Moderate Globally Impact Locally: Social media in Latin America, Caught between a rock and a hard place

September 18, 2020
By Agustina Del Campo

In January 2020, following informal reports of issues with protest-related content on social media, three Chilean organizations, Fundacion Datos Protegidos, the University of Chile and the Observatorio del Derecho a la Comunicación carried out a study investigating social media censorship between October 18 and November 22, 2019.

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