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May 20, 2021: If We Want to Understand the Trust Crisis, We Have to Look in The Mirror

“We don’t trust humans, because humans have an agenda. We want to trust people more when they are like us. The world of humans is just fraught with difficulty when it comes to trust.”

Posted: May 20, 2021

By Janet Coats, CTMT Managing Director In my first months as managing director of the Consortium on Trust in Media and Technology, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the factors that underpin the crisis in trust that plagues our public dialogue. What is causing Is it a “fake news” problem? Is it the dominance of social platforms? Is it the increasing ubiquity of technology in our lives? Is it political polarization? I could keep spinning this around in my head endlessly – and likely will. But I recently heard a contribution to the conversation that framed the problem…