In order to understand and address contemporary issues of social justice and democracy on the Internet, the Digital Democracies Group researches sources of, and solutions to, polarization. We focus on challenging the spread of misinformation, desegregating network neighborhoods, and countering radicalization and abusive language. This draws from Dr. Chun’s own research on the relationship between culture, society, politics, and networked communications, which spans two decades, as well as her previous experience as a network and software engineer. Our goal is to create new modes for connection that draw from the broad spectrum of human experience.

Our work comprises three intersecting research streams and objectives:

Beyond Verification: Authenticity and the Spread of Misinformation

Understand why and how misinformation spreads and develop methods to counter its spread

From Hate to Agonism: Fostering Democratic Exchange Online

Combat abusive language and foster democracy through counter speech

Desegregating Network Neighborhoods

Understand and combat network polarization