Our Mission


The Institute for Data, Democracy & Politics (IDDP)’s mission is to help the public, journalists, and policymakers understand digital media’s influence on public dialogue and opinion, and to develop sound solutions to disinformation and other ills that arise in these spaces.




About Us

In the heart of the nation's capital, IDDP brings together top researchers from across academic disciplines, works side-by-side with and informs journalists from leading media outlets, advises and helps agenda set with policymakers in the U.S. and Europe, and engages with a variety of organizations that have significant societal influence and reach.

This work is of vital importance in an age when media manipulation, fake accounts, and malicious social media activities are undermining fundamental aspects of societal cohesion and democratic ideals. Abuse, harassment, hate speech, and disinformation abound, with foreign and domestic actors alike taking advantage of key features of digital platforms to target vulnerable and marginalized members of society.

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What We Do






Institute researchers produce timely publications about the threat to democracy posed by digital propaganda and deception and contribute to academic journals with new scholarships.



The Institute brings together a team of leading interdisciplinary researchers from around the world under one roof and organizes events on new disinformation research.



The institute collaborates with the Poynter Institute and its PolitiFact project to offer trainings on the misinformation landscape and how to correct false information with fact-checking journalism.


Research Clusters: Investigations


Conducting research on specific cases of pernicious content to help produce high-impact news articles.


Research Clusters: Effects

Mis/disinformation lab

Developing computational tools for identifying and analyzing harmful content and its producers.

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Public Health and Governance

Conducting multidisciplinary research into the health and societal consequences of platform policies and behaviors.


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Digital Democracy

Pursues research about how perceptions and narratives online about racial demographics affect how people think about democracy




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What's at stake is the very health of democracy



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Science Direct

Economic risk framing increases intention to vaccinate among Republican COVID-19 vaccine refusers

The researchers examined Twitter posts between January 2020 and September 2021 by Democratic and Republican politicians to determine how they framed the COVID-19 pandemic.
BMJ British Medical Journal

PMI’s IQOS and cigarette ads in Israeli media: a content analysis across regulatory periods and target population subgroups

IQOS, manufactured by Philip Morris International (PMI), is the highest selling heated tobacco product globally. IQOS went through several regulatory changes in Israel: from no oversight to minimal tobacco legislation, to progressive legislation that included a partial advertisement ban (exempting print media) and plain packaging. We examined how PMI’s advertising messages changed during these regulatory periods for both IQOS and cigarettes.
Science Direct

Longitudinal analysis of peer social support and quitting Smoking: Moderation by sex and implications for cessation interventions

The majority of people who smoke cigarettes say they would like to quit, but quitting smoking can be difficult and stressful due to withdrawal symptoms experienced during the early days of quitting (e.g., anxiety, depression, etc.). In exploring strategies to increase success in quitting cigarette smoking, investigators have turned to the potential benefits of social support from peers in the quitting process.

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Research Spotlight Jeffrey Lees

Research Spotlight Webinar featuring Jeffrey Lees

Thursday, April 13, 2023 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

In his project "Real Time Monitoring of 2022 US Election-Related Misinformation and its Psycho-Social Correlates on Twitter" Jeffrey Lees seeks to answer the question what is the role of

Research Spotlight Enrique Armijo

Research Spotlight Webinar featuring Dr. Enrique Armijo

Wednesday, January 18, 2023 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

The primary goal of Dr.

Research Spotlight Madeline Jalbert

Research Spotlight Webinar featuring Dr. Madeline Jalbert

Thursday, December 8, 2022 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Madeline Jalbert and Morgan Wack's project "Misinformation in a Divided Democracy: An Analysis of the Prevalence and Influence of Lies, Rumors, and Unfounded Conspiracies in Kenya’s

iddp in the news


Partisans, media quick to blame racism for California shooting despite no evidence

NewsNation spoke to Frank Sesno about speculation and pushing agendas during tragedies.

U.S. Is Giving Russia ‘Sanctuary’ From Long-Range Strikes: Ex-U.S. General

A former U.S. military official is questioning why the United States is allowing Russia to fire missiles into Ukraine seemingly at will.


Zelenskyy's trip to the U.S. was 'historic,' professor says

President Zelenskyy of Ukraine visited Washington D.C. on Wednesday for his first-known international trip since Russia invaded.