We also aim to help ensure that these advances maintain or improve rather than threaten democracy.
Our research focuses on:
- social media and other communication technologies like chatbots that can improve voter engagement and understandings of politics, but also spread fake news, polarise society, and enable excessive surveillance
- the increased power of large international technology companies, which runs up against a perceived loss of national sovereignty
- the web’s effect on inequalities and democratic disengagement, which are often predicted by gender, race, age, sexuality and other intersecting identities and characteristics
- automation and the extension of the workplace into the private sphere, which provides some benefits but may threaten democratic rights won by collective bargaining
If you’re a researcher, policymaker or industry representative and you have a project proposal or other need related to this theme, please contact theme lead Matthew Ryan.