CITR commends new federal complaint seeking legal certainty for independent technology researchers

By Brandi Geurkink

Today, Ethan Zuckerman (who is a board member of the Coalition for Independent Technology Research) filed a lawsuit seeking confirmation from a federal court in the northern district of California that building tools for public interest research on social media platforms like Facebook does not violate the law. The Coalition for Independent Technology Research applauds … Continue reading CITR commends new federal complaint seeking legal certainty for independent technology 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

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Restricting Reddit Data Access Threatens Online Safety & Public-Interest Research

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Sign this letter and seek/provide mutual aid Dear Steve Huffman, Last week, soon after Reddit announced plans to restrict free access to the Reddit API, the company cut off access to Pushshift, a data resource widely used by communities, journalists, and thousands of academics worldwide (see Pushshift’s official response). We are writing to express concern … Continue reading Restricting Reddit Data Access Threatens Online Safety & Public-Interest Research

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