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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Research Gate

PIKACHU: Temporal Walk Based Dynamic Graph Embedding for Network Anomaly Detection

Enterprise networks evolve constantly over time.In addition to the network topology, the order of informationflow is crucial to detect cyber-threats in a constantly evolvingnetwork. Majority of the existing technique uses static snapshot to learn from dynamic network.

Correcting COVID-19 Vaccine Misinformation in Ten Countries

What can be done to reduce misperceptions about COVID-19 vaccines? Here the researchers present results from experiments conducted simultaneously on YouGov samples in ten countries (N= 10,600), which reveal that factual corrections consistently reduce false belief about the vaccines.
Cornell University

Knowledge-Augmented Language Models for Cause-Effect Relation Classification

Previous studies have shown the efficacy of knowledge augmentation methods in pretrained language models. However, these methods behave differently across domains and downstream tasks. In this work, the researchers investigate the augmentation of pretrained language models with knowledge graph data in the cause-effect relation classification and commonsense causal reasoning tasks.

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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.

Research Spotlight Webinar Josephine Lukito

Research Spotlight Webinar featuring Dr. Josephine Lukito

Tuesday, September 28, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

In her project "Understanding Social Movements as Targets of State-Sponsored Digital Disinformation" Dr.

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Houston Chronicle

12 Texans in Congress join Sen. Ted Cruz in border ‘invasion’ claims after Buffalo shooting

Texas Republicans are going all in on the “invasion” rhetoric similar to that espoused by gunmen in multiple mass shootings, including the man accused of killing 10 people in a Buffalo grocery store on Saturday.

Some reporters instructed not to speak about Roe v. Wade

"Dan Abrams Live" spoke to Frank Sesno, director of strategic initiatives in the School of Media and Public Affairs, about media transparency.
Washington Post

Twitter lawyer long weighed safety, free speech. Then Musk called her out.

Vijaya Gadde has been targeted by the right as Elon Musk seeks to take over the company. But insiders say she’s not the ‘chief censor’ critics imagine.