We seek to enable anyone to engage critically with the tech tools and platforms they use, ask questions, and get answers. Working hand-in-hand with diverse communities and organizations around the world, we identify issues of shared concern (“effects”) related to digital discourse, digital rights and consumer protection. Our research methods can discover if a proposed effect is really happening, uncover the causes behind a systemic issue, and test ideas for creating change.
In keeping with our core values, we publish summaries and results of all CivilServant experiments here on our website. Each of the pages below is an index of links to all of the materials for a single study we have completed, from calls of participation to statistical analysis.
We invite you to explore our experiments and team blog to learn more about what we do and how we do it.
CAT Lab studies
Can norms against harassment change behavior and grow participation online? We are still actively working with communities on this research […]
How can independent researchers reliably detect bias, discrimination, and other systematic errors in software-based decision-making systems? In a project with […]
When Facebook changes how it works, how does that affect our lives and those of our friends? When we test […]
Do downvote buttons in online discussions protect communities from unruly comments, attract partisan conflict, or do they achieve both of […]
When users of online platforms complain, we’re often told to leave if we don’t like how a platform is run. […]
When people experience harassment online, from individual threats or invective to coordinated campaigns of harassment, they have the option to […]