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The Trust & Technology Initiative sets Cambridge’s strategic agenda around trust and technology, and fosters collaboration and engagement with industry, civil society, government, and the public around three key themes:

  • Rigorous technical foundations, for resilient, secure and safe computer systems

  • Relationships and interplays between technology and society; the nature of trust: trust in technology, and trust through technology

  • Applications within specific systems, in areas such as transport, critical infrastructure, identity, manufacturing, healthcare, financial systems and networks, communication systems, and internet of things


Some of the emerging research questions we're exploring:

  • When should we not trust technology?

  • We need resilient infrastructures, including software, energy, transport and supply chains. Today’s connected world is optimised for efficiency - how do we address the fragility this has created?

  • What might be more trustworthy alternatives to current internet business models, such as surveillance capitalism and the attention economy?

  • How can we navigate the politics and economics necessary to achieve acceptable levels of security, safety, and environmental sustainability, for connected devices and cyberphysical systems, including connected vehicles?

  • What is a trusted institution in the 21st century?

  • How can we adjust our measurement culture to prioritise human and social factors, alongside easy to measure technical performance metrics?

  • Corporations shape our world. How does the introduction of machine learning systems change their power?

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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