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Digital Societies

Our priorities

Our work aims to support just and inclusive digital futures. We prioritise attention to human rights and inclusion in the design, use, regulation and study of digital technologies. This means looking globally at how digitalisation plays out in different contexts and among marginalised groups. This also means working collaboratively, bringing together diverse stakeholders – activists, policymakers and private actors – to better understand one another’s perspectives, and collectively devise just, inclusive and forward-looking solutions to the challenges facing our increasingly digital societies.

Trust and dis/misinformation in the digital public sphere

Censorship, surveillance and freedom of expression

Digital rights, justice and equality

Digitalisation in conflict-affected and fragile contexts

Digital finance

The experts among us

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  1. Budgets and Bytes: How can digital improve public spending?


  2. Could Big Tech’s loss be government’s gain?

  3. Misinformation in Brazilian elections: can the judiciary stem the tide of political misinformation?

  4. Local context and global social media governance: the case of Telegram

  5. Russia’s recent ITU election loss is a major setback for China’s internet governance ambitions

  6. Using real-time indicators for economic decision-making in government: Lessons from the Covid-19 crisis in the UK

    Emerging analysis

  7. Will the digital revolution unleash the potential of property taxation?

  8. AfCFTA: unlocking the potential of the digital economy in Africa

    Research reports

  9. Digital technologies and inclusion in humanitarian response

    Research reports

  10. The digitalisation of social protection before and since the onset of Covid-19: opportunities, challenges and lessons

    Working papers

  11. Reflections on four key issues ahead of this year’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting

  12. Digitalisation of property taxation in developing countries: Recent advances and remaining challenges

    Research reports

  13. Digital dissidence: Russian online censorship and possibilities for opposition


  14. Social media and inclusion in humanitarian response and action

    Working papers

  15. Remittances for recovery: a new era of digital money


  16. Hashtags, memes and selfies: Can social media and online activism shift gender norms?

    Research reports

  17. Hidden in plain sight: how social media infrastructure shapes gender norms

    Research reports

  18. A war on many fronts: disinformation around the Russia-Ukraine war

  19. Blackout: understanding the internet shutdowns in Kazakhstan and Yemen

  20. Adolescent digital inclusion