Research report | Submission/proposal/advocacy/recommendation
September 11, 2023
Canada | New Zealand (Aotearoa) | United Kingdom (UK) | United States of America (USA)
Subject tag: Algorithmic systems | Barriers to meaningful transparency | Data Access | Disinformation | Disinformation and misinformation | Extremism | Hate | Privacy and data protection | Researcher access | Terrorism and violent extremism
Extremist, hate and disinformation actors are increasingly exploiting not just major online platforms, but also a wide range of smaller and medium-sized platforms across the online ecosystem. Over the past 18 months, ISD and CASM Technology have been conducting research, funded by Omidyar Network, aimed at monitoring harmful online activity on these platforms, and analysing the technological, legal and ethical data access challenges they pose to researchers. Despite recent or upcoming regulatory changes in key jurisdictions, and the high levels of risk smaller and medium-sized platforms can present, many of these barriers to conducting research are yet to be fully or even partially addressed. This policy brief summarises the key findings from the project and feedback received during engagements with other researchers, policymakers, regulators and the private sector. It then provides an overview of existing or proposed legislation in key jurisdictions, including the EU, US, UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada, assessing the extent to which they would impact access to data for researchers from smaller or medium-sized platforms. It concludes with a series of recommendations for the private sector, policymakers and the research community to address the data access challenges identified, and help ensure the quality, comparability and replicability of online research.
The Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) is an independent, non-profit organisation dedicated to safeguarding human rights and reversing the rising tide of polarisation, extremism and disinformation worldwide. We combine sector-leading[...]
Subject tag: Advertising | Algorithmic systems | Data Access | Disinformation and misinformation | Hate speech | Terrorism and violent extremism