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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. Coinfusion: digital money is creating opportunities and dilemmas for policy-makers

  2. Youth-led (digital) innovation and resilience during Covid-19: experiences from the African continent

    Case/country studies

  3. Strengthening youth livelihoods and enterprise innovation in Africa’s digital era

    Working papers

  4. Is public financial management digitally mature?

  5. Social protection response to Covid-19 and beyond: emerging evidence and learning for future crises

    Working papers

  6. Youth enterprise growth: evidence from Youth Forward in Uganda

    Research reports

  7. JobTech and digital innovation for youth by youth


  8. Advancing youth-centred digital ecosystems in Africa in a post-Covid-19 world

    Working papers

  9. Ensuring no voices are left behind: the use of digital storytelling and diary-writing in times of crisis

    Book/book chapter

  10. Digital life and work: future-ready youth


  11. 10 things to know about misinformation and disinformation

    Briefing/policy papers

  12. Global consultation on youth and digital technologies in sub-Saharan Africa


  13. The digital safety net: citizens and technology in the age of Covid-19


  14. Booming Africa: young women and new digital societies


  15. From data to decisions: how to promote evidence-based decision-making through external investments in country-led monitoring processes

    Research reports