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REDACT: Researching Europe, Digitalisation and Conspiracy Theories

Digital communication technologies enable the exchange, adaptation, and adoption of conspiracy theories at an unprecedented speed and scale, facilitating the creation of counter-publics connected by a propensity for mis- and disinformation.

The REDACT project will analyse how digitalisation shapes the form, content, and consequences of conspiracy theories, including online sociality and offline actions and effects. Rather than see digitalisation as a process that has universal outcomes, or conspiracy theories as the same over space and time, REDACT considers online conspiracy theories and counter-publics in different European regions (Western Europe, Central Europe, the Baltics, and the Balkans) in order to make robust and nuanced recommendations about conspiracy theories—a particularly durable form of mis- and disinformation—for policy makers, media regulators, fact-checking and extremism-monitoring organisations, as well as the internet companies themselves.

Project status: Starting

Principal investigators

Clare Birchall

Professor of Contemporary Culture

Investigators

Professor Nejobša Blanuša

University of Zagreb

Professer Michael Butter

Tübingen University

Dr Elzbieta Drazkiewicz-Grodzicka

Slovak Academy of Sciences

Professor Peter Knight

University of Manchester

Dr Mari-Liis Madisson

University of Tartu

Funding

  • Funding body: CHANSE
  • Amount: € 1,461,494
  • Period: November 2022 - October 2025

Project website

Contact

Follow on Twitter:  @REDACTCHANSE

Keywords

  • Disinformation
  • contested-knowledges
  • conspiracy-theories
  • democracy
  • polarisation
  • social-media
  • internet
  • digitisation
  • conspiracy

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