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Trust & Technology Initiative


Research groups, networks, and communities associated with or supported by the Trust & Technology Initiative

SIG in Disinformation and Media Literacy

Our Special Interest Group in Disinformation and Media Literacy is a community of scholars and practitioners committed to exploring and advancing proactive and creative interventions against disinformation and ‘fake news’. The Disinformation and Media Literary SIG has emerged out of work and outreach conducted by the Cambridge Ukrainian Studies centre, founded by Dr Finnin, and the Cambridge Social Decision-Making Lab, directed by Dr van der Linden, conveners of the SIG. Drawing together experts across a range of disciplines, it seeks to bring cutting-edge research to bear on contemporary policy discussions and to foster closer collaboration in the sphere of information literacy between scholars, policymakers and stakeholders in journalism, education, business and diplomacy.

An example of the interdisciplinary collaboration inspiring the SIG has been the work of the Dutch media collective DROG and Jon Roozenbeek – PhD candidate in the Ukrainian Studies programme and research affiliate in the Department of Psychology – in the development of a popular online ‘Fake News’ game, which seeks to ‘inoculate’ players against online disinformation.

 The SIG is keen to grow an active network of researchers from across social science, humanities, and technical disciplines. To express interest in joining the SIG in Disinformation and Media Literacy, please contact Dr Finnin and Dr van der Linden with a short description of your research.

Technology and New Media Research Cluster

The aim of the research cluster is to bring together academics from a range of backgrounds with an interest in technology and new media in order to explore and discuss recent and ongoing research. We welcome all students (undergraduate and postgraduate), staff, and visiting scholars to attend and participate in any/all sessions. 

The cluster aims to cover a wide range of research topics including digital media production, digital media cultures, trust, automation, digital labor, environmental impacts as well as the economic transformations unfolding through technological innovations. An overarching theme of all events will be addressing the implications for social theory that result from empirical observations of change.

Many speakers will join the research cluster exclusively for their session, and we therefore encourage anyone with an interest on the topic not to miss the opportunity. In addition, discussions welcome input and suggestions deemed of interest by the membership.

For membership enquirires, contact details and information on dates and venues, please visit the Technology & New Media Research Cluster page at the Sociology Department.


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