Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs comprises more than 70 full-time faculty and more than 200 adjunct faculty, scholars, and practitioners. All have distinguished themselves in research and leadership in the policy world, and have produced scholarship in a wide variety of subjects, including international relations, democratization, elections, demography, and social policy.

March 2021|Oxford University Press|Séverine Autesserre
January 2021|Horst Fischer
November 2020|Forum on Information and Democracy|Anya Schiffrin, Maria Ressa, Marietje Schaake, Sinan Aral, Julia Cagé, Ronald Deibert, Camille François, Roukaya Kasenally, David Kaye, Edison Lanza, Roger McNamee, Jun Murai, Peter Pomerantsev, Julie Posetti, Vivian Schiller, Wolfgang Schulz, Christopher Wylie

Launched in 2019 by 11 non-governmental organizations and research centres, the Forum on Information and Democracy created a working group on infodemics in June to devise a “regulatory framework” to respond to the information chaos on online platforms and social media. After five months of work, this group published a detailed report with 250 recommendations for governments and digital platforms which identifies four structural challenges and proposes concrete solutions for each of them.

September 2020|Roosevelt Institute|Anya Schiffrin

This report surveys the impact of online political ads on election outcomes, examines the current regulatory landscape in the US and in Europe around mis/disinformation online, and proposes a set of policy solutions to curb the spread of false information, enhance disclosure requirements for paid political communications, strengthen privacy regulations, and restore transparency to political messaging in the US.

July 2020|Routledge|Paul F. Lagunes, Jan Svejnar
July 2020|Universidad de Navarra|Anya Schiffrin

The premise of this dissertation is that 2016 was the year that societies began to understand the dangers of online/mis disinformation and decided to fund and implement solutions even though they had not been fully researched or tested. Many of the fixes were, in fact, based on the financial interests or belief systems of the people doing them. We provide a taxonomy of the variety of initiatives aimed at solving the problem, with the objective of enhancing our understanding of the strengths and limitations of each. The “solutions” we compare and contrast in this research include fact-checking initiatives and projects by journalists to promote community engagement, media literacy programs, technical fixes such as using natural language processing/AI to block false and/or inflammatory content and finally government regulation. Drawing on dozens of interviews with funders, journalists and regulators as well as archival material and including an exhaustive bibliography, this dissertation looks at the universe of solutions in an organized, structured way and concludes with policy proposals to help promote democracy.

June 2020|Columbia University Press|William B. Eimicke, Steven Cohen
January 2020|E-Flux Architecture|Timothy Mitchell

Infrastructures Work on Time

January 2020|Purple Patch|Tom Andrews
January 2020|COMMUNITY SERVICE SOCIETY|Harold Stolper

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