New Paper: Internet governance by social media platforms

iStock_000027835386_FullIn scholarship on Internet governance, much attention has focused on the role of global institutions like ICANN as well as the policy decisions of nation-states and intergovernmental organizations in keeping the Internet operational and mediating citizen rights. More recently, scholarship has turned attention to the role of private intermediaries in governing civil liberties online. The current study examined transparency reports, user policies and technological design choices of dominant social media platforms to demonstrate their role in promoting and constraining values related to privacy and anonymity, free expression and innovation.Read More »

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Dispatch from the 65th ICA Annual Conference, San Juan, PR, May 21 – 25, 2015

Tatevik and Andrea with Bill  Herman, Professor at CUNY
Tatevik and Andrea with Bill Herman, Professor at CUNY

By Tatevik Sargsyan

Tatevik Sargsyan and Andrea Hackl, PhD candidates at American University’s School of Communication, presented findings from their joint study on the enactment of social media’s speech policies at the International Communication Association’s annual conference Communication Across the Life Span in San Juan, PR. Read More »

Congratulations, Dr. Milosevic

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Tijana Milosevic has just successfully defended her dissertation, “Cyberbullying Policies of Social Media Companies: Towards Digital Dignity.” Tijana is the fourth student from the PhD program in Communication to earn the degree.

Tijana entered the program in the Fall 2012 after earning a Master’s Degree in Media and Public Affairs from George Washington University. She completed her doctoral degree in under three years. Her dissertation analyzes the role of social media platforms in preventing bullying and the relative effectiveness of mechanisms that are used.Read More »