Cortico was born in 2016 out of a desire to transform our polarized and toxic national discourse into a thriving public sphere. Influential research into the spread of true and false information online inspired Cortico’s commitment to building technology that connects communities, fosters understanding, and creates meaningful change.
As we built the organization beginning with deep expertise in media and technology, we realized that building a healthier public sphere would require not just software and data analytics, but also hardware and technologies for community building.
Our continued collaboration with the MIT Center for Constructive Communication keeps us on the leading edge of technological innovation.
Our research agenda also builds on our multifaceted investment in Dane County, Wisconsin and research partnerships with the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Cortico collaborates closely with MIT Center for Constructive Communication (CCC), an interdisciplinary center based at the MIT Media Lab that explores and addresses the destructive effects of deepening social fragmentation in America. CCC brings together humanists and technologists at the faculty, student, and staff level to design human-machine systems that improve communication across divides and increase opportunity for underheard communities to make their voices heard on important issues that affect their everyday lives.