Dr Iginio Gagliardone

Post-Doctoral Research Associate

Iginio Gagliardone joined CGHR in March 2011 to lead the research project on ‘New Communication Technologies and Citizen-led Governance in Africa’Iginio had worked for UNESCO in Addis Ababa, coordinating programs for the use of ICTs for development, and for the Stanhope Centre for Communication Policy Research. His research projects included an analysis of the implications of China’s increasing involvement in the media in Africa and the coordination of the collection of public opinions in Darfur on understandings of the conflict and efforts to support peace initiatives. He completed his PhD at the London School of Economics investigating the relationship between ICTs and nation-building in Ethiopia. Iginio was also an Associate of the Centre for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School of Communication, University of Pennsylvania.

At present, Iginio is Professor in Media Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. Prior to this, he was Research Fellow in New Media and Human Rights in the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford. His most recent research projects explore the nature and significance of hate speech online, with a particular emphasis on the trade offs between freedom of expression and human dignity, and on how social networking platforms are responding (or failing to respond) to the challenges hate speech presents.

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