The Digital Citizen Contribution Program (DCCP) has launched a call for proposals for the following types of research projects:
- projects that aim to understand the role of algorithms, artificial intelligence, and other system-level factors on mainstream and fringe online platforms as they pertain to the spread, uptake, and impacts of disinformation and related harms, including on user behaviour and content consumption, and their potential uses towards a diverse and healthy information ecosystem;
- projects that aim to understand the domestic and transnational spread, evolution, and impacts of online disinformation and related harms through and on diaspora, Indigenous, and non-English primary language communities in Canada using a GBA+ lens, including impacts on societal outcomes; or
- projects that aim to evaluate existing Canadian or international research and programming related to online disinformation and their effectiveness in furthering positive societal outcomes, such as citizen resilience, social cohesion, media literacy, and participation and trust in democratic processes.
Amount: up to $100,000 (must be spent by March 31, 2022)
Faculty Research Office: 1 week prior to agency deadline. (If you wish to have feedback on your application allow at least one week – contact Karen Kueneman)
Western Research: 1 week prior to agency deadline
Digital Citizen: May 28, 2021
Eligibility: Applicants must hold an eligible academic research appointment at Western.
More information: see Digital Citizen Contribution Program website.
Applications: Contact the Digital Citizen Contribution Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage to request an application package, including the application guidelines and the general application form. Full Applications are to be processed through Western Research and must be accompanied by a completed ROLA.
Please contact Karen Kueneman if you intend to apply.