About this blog

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.

WIII Blog

RightsCon Debrief: Privacy and Surveillance

August 10, 2020
By Ayesha Khan

This is the second of three articles drafted by the WIII Initiative’s summer researchers, reflecting on sessions they attended at this year’s virtual RightsCon.

AccessNow held its annual conference on digital technologies and human rights from 27 – 31 July, 2020. The conference was conducted virtually with experts joining via video conferencing to discuss a range of issues, divided into ten tracks. I covered the Privacy and Surveillance track which included more than 30 sessions. Below I summarize the key themes emerging from these discussions:

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RightsCon Debrief: No content moderation without representation

August 9, 2020
By Juan Carlos Salamanca

This is the first of three articles drafted by the WIII Initiative’s summer researchers, reflecting on sessions they attended at this year’s virtual RightsCon.

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Moderate Globally Impact Locally: Better Transparency Reporting Can Shed Light on Russian Internet Censorship

August 7, 2020

Over the last decade, the Russian internet has evolved from being freely accessible and almost uncontrolled to being a system over which the Kremlin has established very tight controls, molding it to its taste. The government can censor and block a wide range of content, control the actions of platforms and users and employ the internet as a communication tool to its own advantage. And all of this comes with very minimal oversight and opposition from the Russian-language community of the internet, the RuNet.

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Moderate globally, impact locally: A series on content moderation in the Global South

August 5, 2020
By Michael Karanicolas

This entry is the first in our new series of articles on the global impacts of content moderation, which are being posted at a number of different sites online. This introductory post was originally posted on Global Voices here and on TechDirt here. Scroll to the bottom to find the rest of the entries in this series.

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