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We work with industry partners and specialist research institutes exploring solutions to the major challenges of our times.

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New interdisciplinary research to tackle the threat of online mis–and dis–information

The newly formed Fighting Harmful Online Communication Hallmark Research Initiative (FHOC HRI) will explore the harms resulting from mistaken, misleading, exaggerated, polemic and deliberately false online communications. It draws on interdisciplinary expertise from researchers in medicine and health sciences (MDHS), humanities and social sciences (Arts) and technology (FEIT).

False and fake information, disinformation campaigns, conspiracy, polarisation and extremism are undermining democratic politics and social cohesion globally. The purpose of the FHOC HRI is to identify, study, and reduce the harm that results from these phenomena.

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Advancing Melbourne

The University of Melbourne’s enduring purpose is to benefit society through the transformative impact of education and research.

Advancing Melbourne will enable the University to contribute to advancing the state and national interest and make vital contributions to Australia’s standing on the world stage. We seek to be a leading force in advancing Australia as an ambitious, forward-thinking country while increasing its reputation and influence globally.

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'Bumping spaces' build community- when they are within reach

Social connection needs time and effort, but crucially it also needs meeting places, and our Map of the Month highlights that not all Melburnians have equal access to these ‘bumping spaces’

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