Strengthening Democracy Through Technology

Digital revolution in the form of social networking, artificial intelligence and big data, and near ubiquitous access to sophisticated computing devices and information is shaping our democratic process - for better or worse. There is a general belief that our entire democratic process is under siege due a variety of factors such as rampant disinformation online, corruption/distortion of the political process by narrow interests, insufficient critical thinking skills, voter suppression/disenfranchisement activities, and rampant polarization and inability to bridge divides. Our goal is to gain an understanding of how current technology is impacting the democratic process and how we can strengthen democracy through technology.

 

 

 

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Multi-Player Online Games

Socio-Technical Systems

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Contact:

mishras at cs dot colorado dot edu

 +1 303-492-4686

Links

IUCRC: Pervasive Personalized Intelligence

The Colorado Research Center for Democracy and Technology

The CU CyberSafety Research Center

Department of Computer Science

University of Colorado Boulder

 

 

I have co-founded The Colorado Research Center for Democracy and Technology at CU-Boulder to pursue interdisciplinary research that advances democratic values in a technological world. I also taught an interdisciplinary seminar course titled Strengthening Democracy Through Technology in Spring 2019.

 

See press release of our most recent work on this topic: Twitter users may have changed their behavior after contact with Russian trolls

Recent Publications

Y. Wang, R. Han, T. Lehman, Q. Lv and S. Mishra. Analyzing Behavioral Changes of Twitter Users After Exposure to Misinformation. International Symposium on Foundations of Open Source Intelligence and Security Informatics (FOSINT), 2021.

S. Pidikiti, J. Zheng, R. Han, T. Lehman, Q. Lv and S. Mishra. Understanding How Readers Determine the Legitimacy of Online News Articles in the Era of Fake News. International Symposium on Foundations of Open Source Intelligence and Security Informatics (FOSINT), 2020.

U. Dutta, R. Hanscom, J. Zhang, R. Han, T. Lehman, Q. Lv and S. Mishra. Analyzing Twitter Users Behavior Before and After Contact by the Russia’s Internet Research Agency. In the Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction, Vol 5, Issue CSCW 1, April 2021.