Archive for Google Research

An Upcoming Event: Digital Censorship



What information is—or should—be censored online?

How can we measure online censorship?

And what challenges does online censorship present?

These are all questions SIPA alumni are faced with every day in their jobs at intelligence agencies, nonprofit research institutes, and  journalism organizations, among others. If you’re interested in learning how censorship techniques are forever changing the digital landscape, then the event “Measuring Digital Censorship: A Collaborative Path Forward” is for you. Join the School of International and Public Affairs on Tuesday, November 18, 2014, from 4:00-5:00 p.m., with Professor Anya Schiffrin, to discuss online censorship mechanisms, measurement techniques, and challenges.

This event will feature panelists Meredith Whittaker, Open Source Research Lead, Google Research; Jordan McCarthy, Measurement Systems Manager, Open Technology Institute; and Jason Q. Ng, Lecturer, SIPA, who will discuss the cutting-edge work being conducted in this exciting new area of inquiry.

“Censorship is a serious problem globally and takes different forms in different places,” Professor Anya Schiffrin said. “It will be interesting to hear the Google perspective, to learn more about their research and what solutions they propose. IMAC (International Media, Advocacy and Communications Specialization) is glad to co-host this discussion as part of our ongoing interest in technology and communication.

“Our new IMAC adjunct Jason Ng has been working on the censorship of Weibo in China and so he will be a terrific discussant at this event which I hope will bring in students, alumni and colleagues from across the University.”

“Measuring Digital Censorship” is a wonderful opportunity to hear about the topics SIPA faculty are teaching in the classroom. Prospective students may also connect with current students and exchange ideas with alumni at the event.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Measuring Digital Censorship: A Collaborative Path Forward

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
International Affairs Building, Room 1512



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