Digital Hostilities and Disinformation Lab
Fostering cross-sector partnerships to address the social and ethical implications of contemporary forms of digital hostility, disinformation, dark participation, and platform misuse
Finding ethical and workable solutions in the arena of disinformation and digital hostilities requires theory-informed and person-centred scholarship and engagement, energized by a diverse range if interdisciplinary and ethnographic research practices. This lab convenes seminars and public forums, builds white papers, fact sheets and best practice tools, and engages in largescale research projects. We have particular focus on attitudes and perceptions of digital media users, social (as opposed to psychological or technological) drivers of hate speech and disinformation, impacts on creative industries and creative practices, particularly in journalism, media-making, and strategic communication. We are concerned with doing research that builds the capacity for public figures, politicians, celebrities, journalists and influencers to maintain their wellbeing in the face of increasing rates of abusive
online behaviour and misinformation.
The Digital Hostilities and Disinformation Lab welcomes queries for DERC members to join. To learn more about what’s happening, or to participate in Lab events, contact the lab leader.
Rob Cover is Professor of Digital Communication at RMIT University. Rob currently leads multiple funded transdisciplinary research projects focused on young people, health, well-being, and digital and broadcast media. With over one hundred journal articles and chapters to his name, Rob is a prolific writer and commentator on topics related to digital cultures, social identities, suicide prevention, and resilience.