All FSI News News September 8, 2021

Program on Democracy and the Internet Launches New Content Policy & Society Lab (CPSL)

The new project identifies solutions to the main challenges of moderating content online while respecting fundamental human rights.
Julie Owono & Dr. Niousha Roshani
Julie Owono & Dr. Niousha Roshani

Harmful content circulates widely on the internet, exploiting policy and technical vulnerabilities on every platform. The global nature of these platforms requires a multi-stakeholder approach to content moderation in order to provide adequate responses to challenges posed by differences in culture, language, and communities. The newly launched Content Policy & Society Lab (CPSL) will prototype a model for multi stakeholder approaches to content policy and governance issues, bringing together representatives of civil society, private companies, and governments to identify and implement solutions to the main challenges of moderating content online while respecting fundamental human rights. 

Headed by Executive Director of Internet Sans Frontières, Julie Owono, and technology, business and human rights expert Dr. Niousha Roshani, this new cross-disciplinary platform for research, collaboration and policy design will be housed within Stanford University’s Program on Democracy and the Internet (PDI), part of the Cyber Policy Center (CPC) and the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS).