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Knight Foundation Invests $50 Million in Research on Tech's Impact on Democracy


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The ultimate determinant of democracy.

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has committed $50 million to fund research on how social media and technology impacts democracy.

Credit: PA

The nonprofit John S. and James L. Knight Foundation will spend $50 million to fund research at 11 universities on how social media and technology impacts democracy.

The organization has been trying to address trends that are changing journalism, such as how fake news undermines trust online.

The funding will be put towards long-term research on the intersection of technology and politics at five universities, with shorter-term research projects at six other institutions.

Said foundation president Alberto Ibarguen, “It's our modern-day Gutenberg moment. Even as we embrace the benefits of the Internet, we need to grapple with its effect on our democracy."

From The Washington Post
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