Iginio Gagliardone is a 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 research focuses on the complex relationship between new media, political change and human development, and on the emergence of distinctive models of the information society in the Global South. His past and current research projects have explored this relationship from different perspectives: from assessing the role of new media in peace building and state building in East Africa, to examining the increasing role of emerging powers, especially China, in shaping the development of information societies in Africa.
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.
Iginio completed his Ph.D. at the London School of Economics and Political Science, investigating the relationship between development and destabilization in Ethiopia. He is also a research associate of the Centre of Governance and Human Rights at the University of Cambridge and of the Centre for Global Communication Studies, Annenberg School of Communication, University of Pennsylvania.