Introducing the DSA Data Access Audit

By Rebekah Tromble, Josephine Lukito, Megan Brown, Kaicheng Yang and Brandi Geurkink

In a year of more than 70 global elections, the need for independent researchers to have access to social media data has never been greater. That’s why the Coalition for Independent Technology Research and George Washington University’s Institute for Data, Democracy & Politics (IDDP) are launching a new project aimed at auditing the state of … Continue reading Introducing the DSA Data Access Audit

Coalition for Independent Tech Research Files Amicus Brief in Murthy v. Missouri, Defending First Amendment Rights of Researchers

By The Executive Board

On 26 December 2023, the Coalition for Independent Technology Research (CITR) filed an amicus brief in Murthy v. Missouri, a case before the US Supreme Court concerning the US government’s ability to communicate with independent researchers and social media platforms about content moderation. This case was originally brought forward in May 2022 (known then as … Continue reading Coalition for Independent Tech Research Files Amicus Brief in Murthy v. Missouri, Defending First Amendment Rights of Researchers

Statement on allegations of undue corporate influence at Harvard

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By the Board of Directors* Monday morning Dr. Joan Donovan, represented by Whistleblower Aid, filed a disclosure with Harvard University, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, and the U.S. Department of Education alleging that the dissolution of her research team within Harvard’s Kennedy School was a result of undue corporate pressure connected to a $500M donation … Continue reading Statement on allegations of undue corporate influence at Harvard

Letter: Twitter’s New API Plans Will Devastate Public Interest Research

By The Executive Board

April 3, 2023 On March 29th, after weeks of delays and uncertainty, Twitter’s Developer team announced details about new pricing tiers for access to the Twitter API that will devastate public interest research. Over the past decade, researchers across the world have relied on Twitter’s API to study the impact of social media on democracy, … Continue reading Letter: Twitter’s New API Plans Will Devastate Public Interest Research