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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We are looking for an enthusiastic and highly motivated Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Technology and Policy to join the research team at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism in the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford. The research project aims to contribute international and comparative research on how different technology […]

The nature of the news misinformation problem may be changing. As consumers become more skeptical about the national news they encounter online, impostor local sites that promote ideological agendas are becoming more common. These sites exploit the relatively high trust Americans express in local news outlets — a potential vulnerability in Americans’ defenses against untrustworthy […]

Local news media are a cornerstone of democracy in the United States. They help keep residents informed of the significant issues facing their cities, towns and nearby areas; hold political and civic leaders accountable for their actions; and foster a sense of community among their readers and viewers. Public opinion research has shown that local […]

The Program on Democracy and the Internet seeks a full-time Antitrust Research Scholar with experience and interest in antitrust law and a specific focus on the technology sector. One of the most important policy issues surrounding modern digital platforms like Google, Facebook, and Amazon is their sheer scale.  Depending on how one defines the market […]

How can we stop the spread of misleading, sometimes dangerous content while maintaining an internet with freedom of expression at its core? Misinformation expert Claire Wardle explores the new challenges of our polluted online environment and maps out a plan to transform the internet into a place of trust — with the help everyday users. […]

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