The Digital Democracies Group at Simon Fraser University integrates research in the humanities and data sciences to address questions of equality and social justice. It will combat the proliferation of online “echo chambers” and discriminatory algorithms by creating alternative data literacies and paradigms for connection: from applications and methods to transform hostile social media exchanges into productive dialogues, to critical analyses of fake news and its historical evolution. Working with the many centers of excellence at SFU in the areas of big data and engaging communities/civil society, it will help develop the coalitions necessary to produce innovative approaches to digital democracy.

Canada 150 Research Chair in New Media, Wendy Hui Kyong Chun is a leader for the Digital Democracies Group at SFU. One of Chun’s many research goals is to build unusual coalitions across disciplines, schools, industry and the public in order to create vibrant democratic technologies and cultures.

SFU is academically rigorous and internationally renowned for scholarship and research excellence. We have leveraged our fundamental and applied research strengths to become a global leader in research mobilization.