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Moritz Büchi

Consultant (Former title)

Moritz Büchi is a Consultant in UNICEF’s research program on child rights in the digital age at the Office of Research. In his role at UNICEF, Moritz contributes to the Global Kids Online and Disrupting Harm projects, generating actionable research briefs. Analyses concentrate on barriers, risks, and opportunities in children's internet use based on data from more than 30 countries. He is an expert in quantitative data analysis, comparative survey methods, and digital communication theory. Moritz holds a PhD from the University of Zurich, where he is also a Senior Research and Teaching Associate at the Department of Communication and Media Research leading projects on digital well-being and surveillance.

Publications

Children’s exposure to hate messages and violent images online
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Children’s exposure to hate messages and violent images online

The digital environment is largely unregulated and might expose children to age-inappropriate or potentially harmful content. There has been particular concern about children’s exposure to hate messages and violent images online and how this affects their well-being and rights. Efforts to mitigate exposure to such content are gaining momentum but more evidence is needed to guide policy, regulation and industry practice. This brief provides a cross-national comparison of children’s exposure to hate messages and violent images online across 36 countries, and analyses it in relation to internet access at the country level. The purpose is to understand what children in different countries are experiencing and if exposure to this content is driven by the level of internet access in the population. The results act as a starting point for exploring which countermeasures may be more effective in terms of policy and legislation, and to encourage industry to develop proactive solutions to protect children in online spaces.
Estimates of internet access for children in Ethiopia, Kenya, Namibia, Uganda and the United Republic of Tanzania
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Estimates of internet access for children in Ethiopia, Kenya, Namibia, Uganda and the United Republic of Tanzania

The COVID-19 pandemic transformed internet connectivity from an important asset to an essential piece of infrastructure. Yet two thirds of the world’s school-aged children still have no fixed internet connection at home. This lack of connectivity limits their ability to go online; prevents them from participating and competing in the modern economy; and risks isolating them from the world. This research brief presents new data on children’s internet access in five countries in Eastern and Southern Africa. It provides estimates of the frequency with which children use the internet and assesses the most common barriers they face. Finally, it explores the potential consequences of leaving these bottlenecks unaddressed.