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Research Spotlight Jeffrey Lees

Research Spotlight Webinar featuring Jeffrey Lees

Thursday, April 13, 2023 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

In his project "Real Time Monitoring of 2022 US Election-Related Misinformation and its Psycho-Social Correlates on Twitter" Jeffrey Lees seeks to answer the question what is the role of

Research Spotlight Enrique Armijo

Research Spotlight Webinar featuring Dr. Enrique Armijo

Wednesday, January 18, 2023 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

The primary goal of Dr.

Research Spotlight Madeline Jalbert

Research Spotlight Webinar featuring Dr. Madeline Jalbert

Thursday, December 8, 2022 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Madeline Jalbert and Morgan Wack's project "Misinformation in a Divided Democracy: An Analysis of the Prevalence and Influence of Lies, Rumors, and Unfounded Conspiracies in Kenya’s

Research Spotlight Jennifer Forestal

Research Spotlight Webinar featuring Dr. Jennifer Forestal

Thursday, December 1, 2022 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

In her project titled "Dropping the Banhammer: Radicalization, Extremism, and Digital Publics," Dr. Forestal analyzes the recent collective efforts various U.S.

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The Propagandists' Playbook

Thursday, October 27, 2022 - 12:00pm
On Thursday, October 27, 2022 the Institute for Data, Democracy & Politics hosted Professor Francesca Tripodi, from UNC Chapel Hill, to discuss her recent book The Propagandists’ Playbook.
Media for Democracy Covering Elections Amidst Democratic Crisis

Media For Democracy

Monday, October 3, 2022 - 1:00pm
This event featured a keynote address by Brian Stelter, former chief media correspondent for CNN and host of the CNN program Reliable Sources. He spoke to the challenges journalists face reporting on elections and politics as threats to democratic norms and institutions abound.
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 featuring 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.

Research Spotlight Webinar Kai Shu

Research Spotlight Webinar featuring Dr. Kai Shu

Tuesday, September 21, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Dr. Shu's work with IDDP aimed to understand disinformation with social context and propose a systematic computational framework.

Research Spotlight Webinar Rachel Moran

Research Spotlight Webinar featuring Dr. Rachel Moran and Sarah Nguyễn

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Understanding flows of misinformation and its real-life impact requires deep attention to be paid to the ways in which online (mis)information is informed by (and often takes advantage of) sociocul

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.
Global Online Harms Webinar Series: Vaccine Hesitancy

Global Online Harms Webinar Series: Vaccine Hesitancy

Wednesday, February 3, 2021 - 12:00pm
As we move toward widely distributing COVID vaccines, it is crucial that public health experts develop effective strategies for communicating fact-based messages to combat anti-vaccine sentiment and increase vaccine uptake worldwide. 

The Capitol Riots, QAnon, and the Internet

Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 12:00pm
This panel discussion presented views from Professor Chris Kojm, Dr. Rollie Lal, Dr. Rebekah Tromble, and Seamus Hughes, Deputy Director for the GW Program on Extremism on how extremist ideas have spread through society, how technology is an enabler for extremist groups such as QAnon and the Capitol rioters, as well as the international implications.
Digital Citizenship In A Pandemic: Political Information And Action In 2020

Digital Citizenship In A Pandemic

Monday, October 19, 2020 - 10:00am
This virtual conference explored the questions about fact checking the presidential campaign, considered how communities of color are impacted by digital disinformation, talked about potential post election violence and examined how discourse about COVID-19 is reshaping American politics.
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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.
Forum on Social Media Election Disinformation

Policymakers call out social media platform’s ‘misinformation negligence’ as we approach election amid pandemic

Monday, June 29, 2020 - 10:00am

IDDP’s second international forum on social media disinformation, held on June 29, 2020, focused on the negative consequences of digital platforms’ misinformation negligence for free an


Arbiters of Truth: Platform Content Policies and the U.S. Elections

Tuesday, June 23, 2020 - 12:00pm
As the United States speeds toward the 2020 election—in the middle of a health crisis, national reckoning with social injustice, and an infodemic—how are social media platforms addressing concerns about disinformation and manipulative political advertising?
Forum on the Harms of COVID-19 Social Media Disinformation

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urges online advertisers to use their “tremendous leverage” in the fight against life-threatening medical disinformation at IDDP-hosted event

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 - 10:00am
At an international forum hosted by IDDP in cooperation with the International Grand Committee on Disinformation, Speaker Pelosi, along with European Commission Vice President for Values and Transparency Věra Jourová and other top lawmakers, criticized social media companies for profiting from the user engagement generated by false and misleading content on the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The Future of Fact Checking: Research and Practice

Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 12:00pm
In an era in which political misinformation has become ubiquitous, fact-checking has emerged as one possible solution. But is it working? And what challenges does it face?
Presidential Communication in Times of Crisis

Presidential Communication in Times of Crisis

Monday, April 27, 2020 - 1:00pm
The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in the spread of misinformation and conspiracy theories regarding the origin, scale, prevention and treatment of the disease. This panel discusses how presidential administrations communicate with the public in times of uncertainty and crisis. Former White House Press Secretaries Ari Fleischer and Joe Lockhart provide perspectives from previous administrations. Politifact Editor-in-Chief Angie Holan and IDDP researcher Ethan Porter help us understand the importance of fact-checking false claims coming from presidents and other authority figures.
BuzzFeed editor Craig Silverman

Is Russia Renting Your Aunt’s Facebook Profile?

Monday, February 24, 2020 - 3:00pm
The infrastructure of online media—complex, poorly regulated and constantly evolving—is ripe for exploitation as the United States approaches its 2020 presidential election, journalist Craig Silverman warned Tuesday at the George Washington University.
Institute for Data, Democracy and Politics Hosts Panel on Digital Discourse

Institute for Data, Democracy and Politics Hosts Panel on Digital Discourse

Sunday, September 22, 2019 - 12:00pm
Technology experts hosted by the George Washington University’s Institute for Data, Democracy and Politics (IDDP) said at a panel Sunday that digital behavior has transformative real-world effects requiring careful interdisciplinary study.
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President Trump Shows ‘Aggressive Indifference’ to Russian Threat

Monday, April 2, 2018 - 8:00am
The intelligence community concluded that Russia used social media during the 2016 presidential election to sow discord and inflame political tensions. It was the most aggressive assault on the United States political system to date, Mr. Clapper said at George Washington University.