Digital Publics

Program objectives

Digital and social media platforms provide new opportunities for public self-expression and organisation; but they also enable abuse, hate speech, polarisation, and the dissemination of ‘fake news’. We use advanced data science and forensic qualitative methods to investigate the evolution of such phenomena in Australia and the world; examine the role that digital platforms, including their technical affordances and institutional operators, play in channelling user practices; and work with state, civic, and industry partners to promote safe and constructive engagement in digital spaces.

Program Leader: Prof Axel Bruns


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