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REPHRAIN addresses the tensions and imbalances between full participation in digital life and the potential for harm through loss of privacy, disinformation, insecurity and other online harms. This UK research centre uses an interdisciplinary approach to drive insights in technical, social, behavioural, policy and regulatory dimensions. It takes a socio-technical approach to augmenting privacy-enhancing-technologies (PETs), to minimise harms and rebalance agency and social good.

Announced by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) on 14 October 2020, REPHRAIN explores how to keep people safe online while allowing them to fully participate in digital technologies and the contributions they make to an innovative, inclusive and healthy economy and society.

King's College London brings together the Department of Informatics, Department of Digital Humanities and Faculty of Law to maximise cross-disciplinary insights, particularly on personal data harvesting and AI explainability.

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University of Bristol

University of Bristol

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University College London

Project status: Ongoing

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Funding Body: The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

Amount: £651,980

Period: October 2020 - August 2024