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Knight Foundation promotes the best ideas to advance journalism, the arts and the success of cities. Here are some of the topics we care about, organized as resources so that you can join us in working for positive change.
Local and Nonprofit News
Trust, media and democracy
Technology and Democracy Research
Freedom of Expression
Public Spaces
Engagement Through the Arts
Arts and Technology
Elections and Voting
Diverse Asset Managers
Libraries
Leadership and Talent

Technology and Democracy Research

Sound information is the lifeblood of a democracy. Today, more and more information is mediated by digital technology – and with impacts that are not yet well understood. In this age of many-to-many communication, there is a clear need for fresh thinking and research to inform a new generation of democratic institutions and norms that will promote an informed society and support democratic outcomes.

In 2019, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced a commitment of nearly $50 million in research to better understand how technology is transforming our democracy and to help ensure society is equipped to make evidence-based decisions on how to govern and manage the now-digital public square.

Below, read why we think this investment is essential and learn more about the research centers and projects we’re supporting.

The Knight Research Network

In 2019, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced it would invest $50 million in new research to better understand how technology is transforming our democracy and to help ensure society is equipped to make evidence-based decisions on how to govern and manage the now-digital public square.[…]
The Knight Research Network