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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

The experts among us

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  1. Digital public finance: top trends in May 2023

  2. Digital public finance: top trends in April 2023

  3. Budgets and Bytes: how can digital improve public spending?


  4. Pathways towards digitalisation in social protection and public employment services


  5. Welcome to the Digital Public Finance Hub

  6. Making public finance digital: Challenges to the emerging digital public financial management paradigm

    Working papers

  7. Digital public financial management: An emerging paradigm

    Working papers

  8. Public finance and development: top reads in March 2023

  9. Influencers and incumbency: digital disinformation and discontent in Nigeria's Presidential elections

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

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

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

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

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

    Emerging analysis

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

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

    Research reports

  17. Digital technologies and inclusion in humanitarian response

    Research reports

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

    Working papers

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

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

    Research reports