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 Cluster: Network Modeling

Network Modeling

Mapping the structure of digital networks and online group relationships.

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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Could Trade Agreements Help Address the Wicked Problem of Cross-Border Disinformation?

Whether produced domestically or internationally, disinformation is a “wicked” problem that has global impacts.
Cambridge University Press

Placebo Selection in Survey Experiments: An Agnostic Approach

Although placebo conditions are ubiquitous in survey experiments, little evidence guides common practices for their use and selection. How should scholars choose and construct placebos?
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Book Chapter: Interactive Propaganda: How Fox News and Donald Trump co-produced false narratives about the Covid-19 crisis

This book examines how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the flows of communication between politicians, journalists and citizens.

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The Conservative Dilemma Digital Surrogate Organizations and the Future of Liberal Democracy

The Conservative Dilemma

Monday, May 3, 2021 - 12:30pm to Tuesday, May 4, 2021 - 2:00pm

The Institute for Data, Democracy & Politics and the Social Science Research Council’s Media & Democracy hosted The Conservative Dilemma: Digital Surrogate Organization

Tech Policy Webinar Series: AI Fairness & Transparency

Tech Policy Webinar Series: AI Fairness & Transparency

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 - 1:00pm
AI Fairness and Transparency addressed the importance of independent, academic research into algorithms. Dr. Nicol Turner Lee of the Brookings Institution and Professor Robert Brauneis of the GW Law School discussed recent developments in the algorithmic transparency, equity and justice and digital civil rights. 
Tech Policy Series: Regulating Digital Platforms

Tech Policy Webinar Series: Regulating Digital Platforms

Wednesday, February 17, 2021 - 1:00pm
As the Biden administration and the new Congress begin to grapple with how to bring transparency and accountability to massive digital platforms like Facebook, Google, TikTok, and Twitter, they may seek ideas and guidance from other countries and jurisdictions where regulatory work has been moving more rapidly.

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To combat disinformation, centralize moderation

In addition to interplatform collaboration, big tech companies would also benefit from greater collaboration with academic researchers, government agencies or other private entities. New perspectives and ways of thinking will ultimately lead to more effective strategies.
Washington Post

15 million people in the U.S. have missed their second dose of the coronavirus vaccine, CDC says

Nearly 15 million people — or more than one in 10 of those eligible in the United States — have missed their second dose of the coronavirus vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Politics of Who You Know

In this episode of Horns of a Dilemma, Henry Hale, professor of political science and international relations at George Washington University, gives a talk about the evolution of power structures in post-Soviet Eurasia. Hale focuses on the concept of “patronalism,” the idea that political power is distributed and wielded by networks that are connected by personal acquaintances and lead by a single powerful patron.