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The Social Technologies Lab at Cornell Tech designs, builds, and studies social systems focusing on topics related to Technology, Media and Democracy. We use a variety of methods, from machine learning and data science to online experiments and qualitative user interviews to understand how we can build a trustworthy information ecosystem.

Tech, Media
& Democracy
Current Members
AI-Mediated Communication

From smart-replies to video filters, the recent advent of AI-Mediated Communication – communication in which an intelligent agent operates on behalf of a communicator by modifying, augmenting, or generating messages to accomplish communication goals – raises new questions about how technology may shape human communication. Our research agenda around AI-MC considers the design of these technologies and the psychological, linguistic, relational, policy and ethical implications of introducing AI into human–human communication.

Healthy Information Ecosystems

We use a variety of quantitative and qualitative techniques to understand the threats to healthy information ecosystems and design effective mechanisms to counter them. As a lab, we develop new techniques to understand the impact of issues such as online harassment, algorithmic bias, or problematic content financing. We also test potential solutions, often through running experiments that focus on moderation efforts, platform nudges or longer-term treatments.

Trust, Credibility and Misinformation

We explore the challenges brought by misinformation to the trust and interpersonal aspects of society, and potential means to establish credibility in the digital world. We study the spread of visual misinformation, the role of images in this context, and the usage of visual similarity matching for the purpose of tracking misinformation stories. Working together with methods from computer science, social science, and other fields, we study the digital present of our society to build a sustainable foundation for the future.

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Journal of Quantitative Description: Digital Media
PNAS [Paper]
CSCW 2022 [Paper]
USENIX 2022 [Paper]
CHI 2022 Workshop [Paper]
FaccT 2022 [Paper]
CSCW 2022 [Paper]
CSCW 2022 [Paper]
ICWSM 2022 [Paper]
ICWSM 2021 [Paper]
TTO 2020 [Paper]
ICWSM 2020 [Paper]
CHI 2020 [Paper]
CHI 2019 [Paper]
C+J 2019 [Paper]
C+J 2019 [Paper]
We're located at Cornell Tech, 2 W Loop Rd New York, NY. Come by and say hi! If you are interested in working with us, please get in touch by contacting Mor or any of the PhD students who are a part of the lab.

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