Universities, academics, scientists and the professionals educated by them, have long been considered among the most trusted institutions and people in society.
In recent years, however, a disdain for evidence, critical thinking and impartiality have contaminated many strains of public discourse and decision-making. Expertise has lost some of its prominence and other institutions including the courts, parliaments, and financial institutions have lost some of the high regard and trust they enjoyed from the public.
The new Grand Challenge on Trust will work to address this crisis, by building connections and incubating new initiatives that explore themes such as trust in institutions, trust in experts and trust in technology and data.
Dr Katharine Kemp leads the Grand Challenge on Trust.
Katharine is a Senior Lecturer at UNSW Law; specialising in competition law, consumer protection and data privacy in financial services regulation. She has practiced as a commercial lawyer, barrister and consulted to the Competition Commission of South Africa.
ABC Q+A shone the spotlight on Trust with host Hamish Macdonald joined by Katie Allen, Clare O’Neil, Jacqui Lambie, Jack Manning Bancroft and Simon McKeon to discuss this fundamental aspect of civilisation.
Dr Katharine Kemp from UNSW Law is leading the Grand Challenge on Trust, focusing on experts, institutions and data practice.
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