2020 • 2 years • Technology in the Public Interest
The Citizens and Technology Lab (CAT Lab) at Cornell University seeks to advance a world where digital power is guided by evidence and accountability. It undertakes industry-independent research with internet-based communities to study the effects of technology on society and test ideas for changing digital spaces for the better to serve the public interest. Communities bring their problems, deep knowledge, and desire for change and CAT Lab, in turn, offers its expertise in scientific research and a software platform for coordinating citizen behavioral science. The award provides flexible support to CAT Lab as it continues to undertake research in a range of areas such as studying influencing algorithms and social dynamics that amplify racism and sexism on technology platforms. Results from CAT Lab's research are published in a variety of ways including public reports designed to inform policy decisions by communities, governments and technology platforms; academic working papers that are submitted for peer review; academic journal articles; and, workshop and training materials.