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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Towards Statistical Foundations For Detecting Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior On Facebook

Towards Statistical Foundations For Detecting Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior On Facebook

In this document the researchers propose a novel method to detect coordinated inauthentic behavior in Facebook pages and groups. This method modifies a recently published technique, with the intention of establishing a firm statistical foundation for defining “simultaneous link sharing” behavior.
Cambridge University Press

A New Wave of Research on Civilizational Politics: What Civilizations Are, What Explains Them, and Why They Matter – CORRIGENDUM

A new wave of scholarship has made major advances in how we understand the politics of civilizational identity by drawing powerfully from conceptual tools developed over the years to study other forms of identity.
Cornell University

Predicting Directionality in Causal Relations in Text

In this work, the researchers test the performance of two bidirectional transformer-based language models, BERT and SpanBERT, on predicting directionality in causal pairs in the textual content. The preliminary results show that predicting direction for inter-sentence and implicit causal relations is more challenging. And, SpanBERT performs better than BERT on causal samples with longer span length. The researchers also introduce CREST which is a framework for unifying a collection of scattered datasets of causal relations.

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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 program invite you to join them for The Conservative Dilem

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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The Boston Globe

Pop-up sites and door-knocking are new tactics in the quest to reach the unvaccinated

Now it’s all about the ground game. With more than 2.7 million Massachusetts residents fully vaccinated and the pace of COVID-19 shots slowing markedly, state officials are stepping up efforts to reach the holdouts.
American Public Health Association

Why Debunking Misinformation Is Not Enough to Change People’s Minds About Vaccines

One of the strongest underlying drivers that determines whether individuals or groups are vaccine confident or vaccine hesitant is the level of trust—or distrust—in the individuals and institutions that discover, develop, and deliver vaccines.
American Public Health Association

“First Do No Harm”: Effective Communication About COVID-19 Vaccines

With effective COVID-19 vaccines in hand, we must now address the spread of information on social media that might encourage vaccine hesitancy.