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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PNAS Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

The global effectiveness of fact-checking: Evidence from simultaneous experiments in Argentina, Nigeria, South Africa, and the United Kingdom

Little evidence exists on the global effectiveness, or lack thereof, of potential solutions to misinformation. We conducted simultaneous experiments in four countries to investigate the extent to which fact-checking can reduce false beliefs. Fact-checks reduced false beliefs in all countries, with most effects detectable more than 2 wk later and with surprisingly little variation by country. Our evidence underscores that fact-checking can serve as a pivotal tool in the fight against misinformation.
Tobacco Induced Diseases

Feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary effectiveness of a text messaging intervention for smoking cessation in Vietnam

Text messaging (SMS) smoking cessation programs can reach a large amount of cigarette smokers and are effective in increasing quit rates, but their efficacy has not yet been explored in Vietnam.
Society for the Study of Addiction

Effectiveness of an optimized text message and Internet intervention for smoking cessation: a randomized controlled trial

Evaluate the effectiveness of a combined Internet and text message intervention for smoking cessation compared with an Internet intervention alone. The text message intervention was optimized for engagement in an earlier Multiphase Optimization (MOST) screening phase.

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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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How Ivermectin Became The New Focus Of The Anti-Vaccine Movement

How did a science question about the efficacy of an inexpensive, everyday drug become an inflamed public morality debate — where people on both sides believe the wrong position could cost lives? It's a tale that spans science and politics, pitting health officials against celebrities and communal responsibilities against individual rights.
Washington Post

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Facebook’s admission that a data set it provided to social scientists had serious errors has prompted outrage from some academics and observers.