Policy Reports, Testimony & Written Evidence

UK Parliament – Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Select Committee 2021

Response Submitted to UK Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Select Committee ‘Inquiry into the Cabinet Office’s implementation of the Freedom of Information Act 2000’. (September 2021) Here is my witness statement, which makes clear how vital defending FOIA is to public trust, strong national security reporting and, perhaps counterintuitively given secrecy is often advanced on the basis of security arguments, to undermining Russian influence operations.

UK Joint Committee on Draft Online Safety Bill, House of Lords 2021

Emma L Briant (October 2021) Written Evidence – Recommendations submitted to Consultation for UK Parliament ‘Draft Online Safety Bill

UK Home Office 2021

Emma L Briant (July 2021) ‘Response to UK Home Office’s Consultation “Legislation to Counter State Threats (Hostile State Activity)”’ comments submitted to Home Office 22 July 2021 and republished on Medium 1 August 2021.

UK Parliament – Fake News Inquiry 2018

Emma L Briant (October 2018) ‘Further Supplementary written evidence on Cambridge Analytica, Leave.EU and Eldon Insurance‘ published by Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee Inquiry into Fake News: UK Parliament

Emma L Briant (September 2018) ‘Building a stronger and more secure democracy in a digital age’ A Response to Recent Interim Reports and Proposals, published by Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee Inquiry into Fake News: UK Parliament.

Emma L Briant (June 2018) ‘Evidence on Leave.EU, Eldon Insurance and US Health Insurance Industry’ in Supplementary written evidence submitted by Dr Emma L Briant, Senior Lecturer at University of Essex published by Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee Inquiry into Fake News: UK Parliament.

Emma L Briant (April 2018) ‘Three Explanatory Essays Giving Context and Analysis to Submitted Evidence’ in Research on Leave.EU and Cambridge Analytica strategy published by Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee Inquiry into Fake News: UK Parliament.

US Congress – Senate Judiciary Committee

Emma L Briant (June 2018) ‘Evidence for the US Senate Judiciary Committee on Cambridge Analytica and SCL Group’, published by US Senate Judiciary Committee, discussed at hearing on: Cambridge Analytica and the Future of Data Privacy.

US Government – State Department

Emma L Briant (1st September 2015) Brief Summary Report on Recent US Information Operations and Public Diplomacy Efforts in Countering Terrorism for the Director of the US Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy Final.

NGOs and Charities

Emma L Briant & Glasgow Media Group (October 2012) ‘Bad News for Refugees’ Report Commissioned by International Red Cross.

Emma L Briant with Watson, N & Philo, G (2011) ‘Bad News for Disabled People: How the newspapers are reporting disability’ Strathclyde Centre for Disability Research and Glasgow Media Unit Report for Inclusion London.

– Bad News for Disabled People was submitted to the Research Evaluation Framework in 2014 by University of Glasgow as a case study for excellence in societal impact of research.

“This research ignited the political debate on media representations of disabled people. For
example, on 14 November 2011, the report was directly cited by Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson in a
welfare reform debate in the House of Lords as evidence of widespread misrepresentation of
disabled people and disability benefits. Also in November 2011, the Shadow Minister for Disability
Issues referred directly to the University of Glasgow findings in a House of Commons debate on
disability hate crime. The report was also mentioned during discussion in the Work and Pensions
Select Committee (February 2012), allowing the National Autistic Society and Disability Alliance to
draw attention to ‘the negative tone adopted in the media about wider disability issues’. The
Committee Chair also used the research in the in the Committee’s questioning of DWP Ministers
concerning the changing attitudes to disabled people and the transformation of the language used
to represent disabled people and disability benefits in the media. The research was cited in the
Work and Pensions Select Committee’s report Government support towards the extra living costs
of working age disabled people and in a Westminster Briefing prepared by The Parliamentary
Office of Science and Technology on Work Capacity Assessment. The Committee Chair has also
drawn from the research in the preparation of speeches and articles relating to the change of
language used to describe disabled people since the 2010 General Election.”

Lord Mayor of London

Emma L Briant with Philo, G (2008) “Community Cohesion and the Role of the Local” Report for the Office of Lord Mayor of London, Commissioned by Jackie Cooper Public Relations.

Economics and Social Research Council

King, K et al. (2004) ‘UK Social Science & the African Continent in 2004’ Report to the Economics and Social Research Council.