Knight Foundation invests $50 million into research on tech's impact on democracy

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A nonprofit with deep ties to the newspaper industry is investing $50 million into research on technology's impact on democracy - from countering online disinformation to how companies such as Facebook and YouTube impact public opinion.

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced this morning that it would fund new research at 11 universities in the hopes of ushering in a new academic field of study. The organization, which was founded by the owners of newspapers such as the Miami Herald, has been trying to stay on top of trends that are changing journalism - and one of the most pressing issues right now is how fake news and information is undermining what people can trust online.

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