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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JMIR Publications Journal of Medical Internet Research

Novel Implementation Strategy to Electronically Screen and Signpost Patients to Health Behavior Apps: Mixed Methods Implementation Study (OptiMine Study)

Behavior change apps have the potential to provide individual support on a population scale at low cost, but they face numerous barriers to implementation. Electronic health records (EHRs) in acute care hospitals provide a valuable resource for identifying patients at risk, who may benefit from behavior change apps. A novel, emerging implementation strategy is to use digital technologies not only for providing support to help-seeking individuals but also for signposting patients at risk to support services (also called proactive referral in the United States).
Science Direct

Predictors of electronic nicotine product quit attempts and cessation: Analysis of waves 3 and 4 of the PATH study

Identifying theory-based predictors of electronic nicotine product (ENP) quit attempts and cessation can guide the development of effective vaping cessation interventions, which are currently limited. This study examined predictors of ENP quit attempts and cessation among adult ENP users.
Science Direct

E-cigarette and combusted tobacco abstinence among young adults: Secondary analyses from a U.S.-based randomized controlled trial of vaping cessation

This study examines patterns of abstinence from e-cigarettes, combusted tobacco products (CTPs), both, or neither among young adults enrolled in a U.S.-based randomized trial of a text message vaping cessation intervention.

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Media for Democracy Covering Elections Amidst Democratic Crisis

Media For Democracy

Monday, October 3, 2022 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Covering Elections Amidst Democratic Crisis
The Capitol Coup One Year Later

The Capitol Coup One Year Later

Thursday, January 6, 2022 - 12:00pm to Friday, January 7, 2022 - 11:00am
The January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol demonstrated the real and ongoing threat of democratic decay in the United States.
Research Spotlight Webinar Seyi Akiwowo

Research Spotlight Webinar Seyi Akiwowo

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

During her Knight Fellowship Seyi Akiwowo focused her projects on investigating the ways in which online spaces can be made safer for all women.

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USA Today

Political tensions are growing. What is the state of American democracy?

Democracy feels imperiled in the U.S.with elections questioned, institutions undermined, and norms challenged. Experts spoke to USA TODAY about the situation, how bad it is, and how to address it.

Alex Jones' defamation trials show the limits of deplatforming for a select few

A fresh defamation trial for conspiracy theorist Alex Jones that began this week could offer slivers of insight into the effectiveness of "deplatforming" — the booting of undesirable accounts from social media sites.
Roll Call

Twitter whistleblower unlikely to spur congressional action

EU is setting the pace in legislation for tech platforms.