Challenging Online Fear and Othering
My role within the CuRAtOR project centred upon the design and production of digital artefacts in response to research findings developed from creative co-design workshops and initial prototype analysis. This included the development of three digital technologies with aims to increase reflectivity and criticality of reality TV, online news media, and shared politically oriented social media updates. This was achieved through augmenting commonplace interactions with these media types through novel engagements with digital technologies.
CuRAtOR is a 3 year multi-partner, multi-disciplinary, UK national research project which is investigating the cultures of fear that are propagated through online Othering and how this can lead to subsequent mistrust and stigmatization of groups or communities. The project explores how new interactive digital experiences might be designed to counteract the resultant problematic outcomes of Othering, and lead to more critical and balanced online debate around contemporary socio-political issues.
The project is led by the Northumbria Social Computing Lab (NorSC Lab) at the University of Northumbria in collaboration with partners at the Northumbria University (School of Design),University of Bath, and the University of Nottingham.
CuRAtOR is supported by Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), in partnership with Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), and Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) and is one of a cluster of projects funded under the “Empathy and Trust In Communicating Online” (EMoTICON) call.