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The Trust & Technology Initiative brings together and drives forward interdisciplinary research from Cambridge and beyond to explore the dynamics of trust and distrust in relation to internet technologies, society and power; to better inform trustworthy design and governance of next generation tech at the research and development stage; and to promote informed, critical, and engaging voices supporting individuals, communities and institutions in light of technology’s increasing pervasiveness in societies.  

The Initiative is unique in considering the interplays and feedback loops between technology fundamentals, societal impact and governance of next generation systems at the research and development stage. Our particular ability to connect cutting edge deep technology with social science and humanities expertise enables dynamic exploration of emergent use cases, and for us to envisage and experiment with realistic future scenarios.

A network around trust, technology, society and power                        

As a network, the Initiative is a ‘big tent,’ bringing people together, facilitating collaboration, and engaging industry, civil society, government, and the public, across:

  • Relationships and interplays between technology and society; the legal, ethical and political frameworks impacting both trust and technology, and innovative governance, in areas such as transport, critical infrastructure, identity, manufacturing, healthcare, financial systems and networks, communications systems, internet of things
  • The nature of trust and distrust; trust in technology, and trust through technology; the many dimensions of trust at individual, organisational and societal levels
  • Rigorous technical foundations, for resilient, secure and safe computer systems, including data and communications platforms, artificial intelligence, and robotics

What the Trust & Technology Initiative does

  • connects the research community around trust and technology
  • catalyses new collaborative projects and activities
  • builds capacity and strengthens knowledge transfer
  • influences national and international research and policy agendas
  • acts as a helpful gateway to Cambridge for external partners

How we work

The Trust & Technology Initiative team proactively engages researchers and partners, and uses creative ways to bring together diverse participants and enable effective discussion and collaboration. We help interdisciplinary research ideas to emerge, and can support proposal development and securing resources. The Initiative also creates content to bridge between disciplines and sectors, and seeks new ways to connect researchers and enable prototyping and testing of ideas.

We are interested in more than just research collaborations, and are exploring what value the Initiative can offer potential partner organisations, including networking and brokering support, workshops and roundtables, strategic reports, and other services.

Contact us

The executive committee of the initiative can be reached at admin@trusttech.cam.ac.uk and welcome questions, ideas, meeting requests, expressions of interest and collaborative project proposals.

Resources

Zotero library around Trust & Technology

List of Cambridge events which may be of interest (Talks.cam)

About us

The Trust & Technology Initiative brings together and drives forward interdisciplinary research from Cambridge and beyond to explore the dynamics of trust and distrust in relation to internet technologies, society and power; to better inform trustworthy design and governance of next generation tech at the research and development stage; and to promote informed, critical, and engaging voices supporting individuals, communities and institutions in light of technology’s increasing pervasiveness in societies.  

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Upcoming events

Personal data stores: A new approach to control of online privacy

Jul 24, 2018

The Maxwell Centre, Cavendish Laboratory, JJ Thomson Ave, Cambridge, CB3 0HE

Trust & Technology Initiative Launch

Sep 20, 2018

Robinson College, Cambridge

Upcoming events