[Air-L] Report: Survey of Research Needs of the Digital Rights Community

Joly MacFie joly at punkcast.com
Thu Mar 22 02:36:57 PDT 2018

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Understanding the Research Needs of the Internet Freedom Community: A New

This report
based on a 2017 survey of 79 organizations engaged in digital rights
advocacy from around the world, seeks to provide clarity on how the
community understands and utilizes research within current advocacy efforts
and to identify the needs for future research and collaboration efforts.
Through the survey, we asked organizations to consider their capacities for
conducting research and using it within their campaigns, perceptions of
current research being produced on internet policy issues, and thoughts on
barriers to and opportunities for collaboration between research and
advocacy organizations.
The study seeks to address the following key questions:

   - Which research methods do organizations use the most in internal
   research? What capacities for research exist within organizations and via
   existing collaborations with research institutions?
   - What issue areas are perceived as the most researched and the least
   - What kinds of aggregated datasets would be most useful for
   organizations’ advocacy?
   - Who are the perceived audiences for digital rights organizations’
   research and advocacy?
   - What are current barriers to collaboration between research and
   advocacy organizations?
   - How can funding be directed to improve collaborations, increase
   research capacity, and produce research needed by and representative of the

Click here to read the full report!
For more information or feedback, please email lsh at asc.upenn.edu. We are
interested in hearing more from the community about our findings and
thoughts for future work in this area.

Please also click here
for a newly published Field Guide for Researching ICT Companies by Nathalie
Marechal and Sarah T. Roberts. This guide aims to provide insights and
resources for civil society groups on researching the role of ICT companies
in policy.
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