The Center for Civic Media believes that technology can make positive impacts on civic participation and connect users for good ends, and aims to conduct research that helps to understand and further those goals. Conversely, technologies can amplify biases, spread disinformation, and foster unpleasant or even hateful interactions on the internet. By conducting research on media ecosystems with tools like Media Cloud, which aggregates vast quantities of news media to apply language processing and analyzes the resulting data, and by auditing current technological systems for bias and social good, we work to better understand technologies impact on Civic life, for better and worse.

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