About, Mission, and Objectives

About

This Center for Digital Society and Data Studies supports a wide variety of research and hosts scholars that care most about addressing big challenges related to disinformation in the news, privacy concerns in a big-data era, democratization of artificial intelligence, bias or discrimination in machine learning, information access in under-connected communities or societies, digitizing data for broadened use and protection, computational arts, and more! Please see our research page for current scholalry foci, and if you would like to discuss CDSDS or its activites, please contact the Director: cfbrooks@email.arizona.edu.

Mission

The Center’s mission is to maximize the positive outcomes afforded by communications and computing technology while minimizing the risks inherent in the use of these technologies. The development of actionable plans and new understandings of underlying psychological, social, and technical processes will lead to changing policies tied to technological innovations.

The Center does this by supporting interdisciplinary research, community involvement, community projects, and research grants relative to contemporary issues in information, culture, data, technological innovation, and society – problem areas in digital life that are in no way bounded within a single unit, discipline, or College at the University of Arizona.

Objectives

The Center’s objectives include:

•    providing usefull insight and research findings that are relevent for both academics and non scholars working on       applied problems in non-academic settings, 

•    developing cutting-edge research based in core questions about contemporary digital life,

•    organizing broad, scale-able research projects that would address important questions of the day, and

•   bringing together academics, public intellectuals, and community partners to engage in conversation and debate        about where our collective research and policy should go as it relates to the rapidly changing digital world.ink sends e-mail)