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Diyi Liu

DPhil Student

Diyi Liu

DPhil Student


Diyi‘s doctoral research examines algorithmic content moderation and the legitimacy of platformised governance over online speech in South and Southeast Asian contexts. She seeks to understand how on-the-ground user insights might inform policymaking around digital platforms and borderline content moderation.

Her work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals including International Journal of Communication, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Frontiers in Psychology, and news outlets such as The Diplomat. Previously, she interned with UNESCO’s Communication and Information Unit, substantially contributing to pilot research applying the Internet Universality Indicators framework in Thailand, and has recently been communicating around current initiatives regarding the Guidelines for the Governance of Digital Platforms. Currently a DPhil candidate at the OII, Diyi is also a visiting PhD student at the National University of Singapore (Fall 2023), and an open research fellow at the Weizenbaum Institute in Germany (2024). She earned her BA and MA in International Journalism and Communication in China prior to commencing her DPhil, which is generously funded by the Clarendon Scholarship.

Diyi wrote an article on the Internet For Trust: Towards a Multistakeholder Approach in Regulating Digital Platforms, for the OII’s website.

Research Interests

Platform governance, human-centred computing, communication law and policy, political communication, computational methods.

Positions at the OII

  • DPhil Student, September 2021 -



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