This edition of the Internet Health Report features the views of more than 100 people around the world. For our collaborative snapshot of the internet in 2020, they each shared examples of a ‘healthy’ and ‘unhealthy’ moment for the internet and their thoughts on ‘what can be done’.
Sounds of the Report
In our own voices
In this audio appendix to the series, compiled and presented by Laura Vidal joined by Solana Larsen, you will hear directly from contributors in their own voices, as they expand on the ideas they shared with us (17:25).
Nyamishana Prudence, Mohamed ElGohary, Uffa Modey and Raashi Saxena also joined the conversation and shared their favorite stories, as well as their hopes for the future in a second episode recorded in July 2021 (28:23).
Listen as we zoom in on what is causing hope and concern as we look towards the future. We discuss what it even means for the internet to be healthy, and why this must be an ongoing conversation.
…via India, Uruguay, Ukraine
In the following audio clips, contributors submit additional personal reflections based on their individual contributions to the report.
Subhashish Panigrahi (04:41) comments on initiatives to include indigenous and oral languages online, as well as caste discrimination in India, Silicon Valley and the internet. An problem of ancient origins that still impacts today’s digital world.
Soledad Magnone (02:04) describes interesting initiatives made by and for Uruguayan youth, and how despite their efforts, new public policies for the internet in Uruguay did not take their rights into account.
Tetyana Bhodanova (4:19) speaks about the story behind her research on political campaign ads in Ukraine and big tech policies. Spoiler alert: big tech does not apply the same transparency principles everywhere.
… on shutdowns, AI, accountability
Catherine Muya (04:35) expands on her contributions to the 2020 Internet Health Report and describes what can happen when internet shutdowns interrupt your daily life online (and offline).
Julia Schneider (03:05) reads and comments on her contributions about the potential for AI to improve internet health, and the importance of recognizing online hate speech as a major challenge.
Hamzoz (00:50) shares the ideas he proposed for a healthier and freer internet, including the urgent need to hold platforms accountable for spreading hate speech and misinformation.
With communities, building alternatives
Mohamed ElGohary (03:12) shares his ideas around open knowledge and reflects on the importance of pushing for more inclusion and diversity in online communities and in their leadership.
Ian Forrester (04:19) from the the BBC’s R&D team speaks on the need to build real technology alternatives that are decentralized for the sake of the internet and for humanity.
… for rights and security
Uffa Modey (03:59) reflects on both the beauty and the fear of protests online and offline in the aftermath of #EndSARS protests against police brutality in Nigeria. It’s the kind of story that shows how the internet can be healthy and unhealthy at the same time.
Bhuvana Meenakshi (02:46) goes over the stories she shared and how the internet could be more inclusive for neuro-divergent people, and why communities should strive to include all genders in their online spaces.
María Juliana Soto (01:24) highlights how crucial it is for more people to understand online communication and digital security. She invites you to visit the Colombian audio project Convite which shares information on these topics with leaders of indigenous and rural social movements.
What does a healthy moment online look like? (in Spanish)
Laura and Solana invited Marianne Díaz, Erick Huerta, Julio Gaitán and Fátima Validivia (from the Colectiva por la Libre Información para las Mujeres) to talk about the ways we can recognize and celebrate healthy moments on the internet (18:27).
Listen to audio versions of the articles in this report. One is read by open source text-to-speech technology developed by Coqui, and the others are read by our human friends Lou Huang, Zeina Abi Assy and Chad Sansing.