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

 

 

 

Research

Research

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

Convene

Convene

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

Educate

Educate

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

Investigations

 

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

 


Taiwan’s Disinformation War
A webinar on combating disinformation from Taiwan’s 2020 election to the COVID-19 pandemic

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Not sure? Handling hesitancy of COVID-19 vaccines

From the moment the first COVID-19 vaccines are rolled out, there will need to be a large fraction of the global population ready in line. It is therefore crucial to start managing the growing global hesitancy to any such COVID-19 vaccine. The current approach of trying to convince the "no"s cannot work quickly enough, nor can the current policy of trying to find, remove and/or rebut all the individual pieces of COVID and vaccine misinformation. Instead, we show how this can be done in a simpler way by moving away from chasing misinformation content and focusing instead on managing the "yes--no--not-sure" hesitancy ecosystem.
Harvard Kennedy School Misinformation Review

Not just conspiracy theories: Vaccine opponents and pro-ponents add to the COVID-19 ‘infodemic’ on Twitter

In February 2020, the World Health Organization announced an ‘infodemic’ — a deluge of both accurate and inaccurate health information — that accompanied the global pandemic of COVID-19 as a major challenge to effective health communication.
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Unifying casualty distributions within and across conflicts

The distribution of whole war sizes and the distribution of event sizes within individual wars, can both be well approximated by power laws where size is measured by the number of fatalities. However the power-law exponent value for whole wars has a substantially smaller magnitude – and hence a flatter distribution – than for individual wars.

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Can Communicating Gist Inform Responses to Foreign and Domestic Online Manipulation of the Vaccine Debate?

Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 1:00pm
What are the implications of online vaccine communication for political discourse?
Forum on Misogyny and Hate Speech on Social Media

Rep. Speier, other female lawmakers ask Zuckerberg to "do more" to empower women

Thursday, August 6, 2020 - 9:00am

The Institute for Data, Democracy & Politics hosted it's third and final International Forum on the Harms of Social Media Disinformation on August 6th. The forums have spann

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Who Exactly Is You? Large-Scale Descriptive Analysis of Politics on YouTube

Friday, July 24, 2020 - 1:00pm
As the United States approaches the 2020 US elections amid the COVID-19 pandemic, more political communication than ever is taking shape on social media. Yet to date, our understanding of political content on YouTube has remained relatively limited.

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How Pinterest beat back vaccine misinformation — and what Facebook could learn from its approach

The battle over misinformation amid the Covid-19 pandemic has pitted health experts, parts of the public, and the leaders of online platforms against one another.
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Russia’s not so little election helpers

Without decades of organized efforts by a lavishly funded movement of self-proclaimed patriots, the disruptive efforts of Russians and other foreign elements would have failed.
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Biden faces calls to be more active with media

Democrats are criticizing Joe Biden for doing the bare minimum of media interviews, worried that the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee is repeating a mistake made by 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.