Credibility and Trust

Policymakers, scientists, and journalists have worried for years about declining public trust in their institutions. Are new technologies like social media contributing to this decline, or are they convenient scapegoats for broader forces in society? We discuss research on how  populist politics and other anti-elite, anti-institutional movements are intersecting with declining public trust and the rise of alternative epistemologies. 

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Explore course modules, handouts, teaching tools and syllabi about dis- and misinformation.

Latest News on Credibility and Trust

Jessica Burgess sent her teenage daughter Celeste a message on Facebook in April 2022: “Hey we can get the show on the road the stuff came in… The 1 pill stops the hormones and then you gotta wait 24 hour 2 take the other.” Her daughter, around 23 weeks pregnant, took the pills and aborted […]

Executives from four of the biggest social media companies testified before the Senate Homeland Security Committee Wednesday, defending their platforms and their respective safety, privacy and moderation failures in recent years. Congress managed to drag in a relatively fresh set of product-focused executives this time around, including TikTok COO Vanessa Pappas, who testified for the […]

Hacks/Hackers is looking for a Project Research Coordinator to help us wrangle research communications and resources for a software prototype aimed at helping users engage in conversations on complicated topics, such as around vaccine efficacy. More information about the project, called the Analysis and Response Toolkit for Trust (ARTT), can be found here. ARTT is a […]

Hacks/Hackers is looking for a Project Research Coordinator to help us wrangle research communications and resources for a software prototype aimed at helping users engage in conversations on complicated topics, such as around vaccine efficacy. More information about the project, called the Analysis and Response Toolkit for Trust (ARTT), can be found here. ARTT is a […]

Hacks/Hackers is looking for a Research Coordinator to help us wrangle project resources and communications for a project that supports the use of reliable sources on Wikipedia, particularly those associated with vaccine topics. A little bit about the News Quality Initiative and the project can be found here. […] Source: NewsQ Project Coordinator, Reliable Sources | […]

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