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.