Cassidy is a DPhil student and Clarendon Scholar at the OII whose research focuses on interventions for restoring online trust and reducing users’ susceptibility to online misinformation. She has researched the psychology of susceptibility to misinformation and vaccine hesitancy as part of The Alan Turing Institute’s Online Safety Team and at the COVID-19 Monitor, Canada’s largest public opinion study on the pandemic. Her research at the OII leverages experimental social and data science methods to study the efficacy of novel provenance and authenticity tools for combating AI-generated misinformation.
She holds an MSc (Social Science of the Internet) from the Oxford Internet Institute and a BA (Political Science) from McMaster University, where she graduated as valedictorian.
Mis/disinformation, synthetic and manipulated media, authenticity/provenance interventions, social science experiments