The Democratic Epistemic Capacities in the Age of Algorithms

The Democratic Epistemic Capacities in the Age of Algorithms (DECA) project explores the systems, practices and issues related to the use of information at the various levels of society (individuals, institutions and digital infrastructures). 

The concept of epistemic capacities refers to the rights of citizens to receive reliable information, be heard, and participate in the production of information and knowledge relevant to society. At the societal level, the concept refers to the ability to make sustainable and informed political decisions.
DECA participates in the maintenance and development of the epistemic and democratic capacity of society. We investigate how individuals, communities and institutions defend themselves against the epistemic issues that are prevalent today. DECA’s key objective is to highlight epistemic inequalities between individuals and groups while amplifying the voices of marginalised groups. 

The project brings together experts from the fields of media, communications and journalism research; social psychology; sociology; law; translation studies; and IT from the universities of Helsinki, Eastern Finland and Tampere, as well as Aalto University and the Finnish Youth Research Society. DECA’s partners also include ministries, NGOs and media actors. The research is funded by the Strategic Research Council.

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