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'. The Digital Publics research program within the Digital Media Research Centre uses 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
- work with state, civic, and industry partners to promote safe and constructive engagement in digital spaces.
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