Commentary 08 September 2021

The Zoomification’ of Academia: Addressing Risks to Academic Freedom

The pandemic made online learning a key part of university life. But virtual platforms also allow for surveillance by authoritarian states and increase pressures to self-censor. How can academia better protect scholars and students?

New: COVID-19 and Academic Freedom

We’ve launched a series of thought pieces intended to shed light on the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic for academic freedom.

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A Perfect Shitstorm: Scientists in the Pandemic

COVID-19 has revealed the practical importance of science in an unprecedented way. But science skepticism and hateful attacks have also grown, which could make scientists afraid to conduct & share their research. What is the situation?


Evaluating P/CVE: Institutional Structures in International Comparison

Preventing and countering violent extremism (P/​CVE) is an emerging field with a wealth of experience but few proven recipes for success. Do we know if existing measures are effective?


Risks Associated With Humanitarian Data Sharing With Donors

Humanitarian organizations are collecting and sharing an increasing amount of data from the people they assist. If not adequately secured, this information can be used to target specific individuals or communities. Here are draft principles for humanitarian data sharing with donors.


The Engine Room: Rebooting Germany’s Foreign Policy Architecture

Berlin needs to improve its decision-making processes, and that means repairing its creaky foreign policy set-up – a contribution to the debate about a German National Security Council.


Perspectives on Peace in Eastern Ukraine

Those most affected by the ongoing conflict in Donbas have a large stake in its resolution. However, their perspectives are not always included in peace efforts. In this project, we investigate the attitude of these stakeholders toward the future of Donbas. 

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Chaos or Connection? The Global Media and Information Landscape in 2035

The internet has revolutionized how we access and share information. And new actors are constantly emerging. What will the global media landscape look like in the next decade? Will media literacy increase? And what about efforts to regulate Big Tech?

By GGF 2035 Global Futures of Media and Information Working Group