Cornell University
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Maurice Jakesch

PhD Candidate

Areas of Interest

Trust in technologized societies; Data science; behavioral experiments; philosophy


Maurice Jakesch joined Cornell University in 2017 as a Ph.D. student in the Department of Information Science. He is advised by Mor Naaman and a member of the Social Technologies Lab.

His Ph.D. research revolves around questions of trust in technologized societies: We allegedly face a deepening crisis of trust – Daily, we read about untrustworthy politicians, doctors, and businessmen. Can we trace this crisis with digital tools? How do existing and emerging information technologies reinforce this development? Can the same technologies help to create new ways for assessing trustworthiness? These topics he studies with mixed methods from data science, communication studies, and philosophy.

Prior to joining Cornell Maurice worked on enterprise projects in social media & e-health at the Center for Digital Technology & Management. He holds an M.A. in Philosophy of Science & Technology from TU Munich, an M.Sc. in Information Technologies from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from ETH Zurich.

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