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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

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


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

    Research reports

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

    Research reports

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

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

  6. Adolescent digital inclusion


  7. Tackling digital exclusion among disadvantaged adolescents in Jordan

    Research reports

  8. The role of the AfCFTA in promoting a resilient recovery in Africa

    Research reports

  9. Digital mapping and inclusion in humanitarian response

    Working papers

  10. Digital identity, biometrics and inclusion in humanitarian responses to refugee crises

    Working papers

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

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

    Case/country studies

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

    Working papers

  14. Is public financial management digitally mature?

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

    Working papers

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

    Research reports

  17. JobTech and digital innovation for youth by youth


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

    Working papers

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

    Book/book chapter

  20. Digital life and work: future-ready youth