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Democratic resilience in times of online propaganda, fake news, fear- and hate speech (DemoRESILdigital)

Junior research group

About the research group

The digital society offers – besides new possibilities for democratic participation – also increased options for disseminating manipulative content. Strategic agents are abusing the easy access to digitally generated publics to spread online propaganda, fake news, fear and hate speech.

In order to support media recipients in dealing with such manipulative attempts via online-media, an in-depth understanding of the actors, target groups and impacts of the aforementioned phenomena is necessary.

In the DemoRESILdigital team, junior researchers from communication science, economic data science and media psychology work closely together in order to examine these topics using methods from social science, IT, data science and experimental media effects research.

The project is supported by the Digital Society research program funded by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia.

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