Institute for Data, Democracy, and Politics

 

 

DEMOCRACY DEPENDS ON FACTS

 

OUR MISSION

 

To help the public, journalists, and policymakers understand digital media’s influence on national dialogue and opinion, and to develop sound solutions to disinformation.​

 

 

Institute for Data, Democracy, and Politics


 

With the support of a $5 million investment from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, this new interdisciplinary research institute will fight digital disinformation at a critical time.

 

An initiative of the School of Media and Public Affairs, the institute will produce scholarship in an emerging field, convene experts, and educate journalists and policymakers.

 

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RESEARCH

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

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CONVENE

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

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EDUCATE

The institute will collaborate 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.

 


“Our nation’s political discourse, our media, and most importantly our democracy, depend on facts. With generous support from Knight Foundation, this new institute leverages GW’s strengths convening interdisciplinary teams and using data and research to solve complex challenges facing our nation and world.”

Thomas LeBlanc

President of the George Washington University


 

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Knight Foundation Investment to Fund Institute for Data, Democracy, and Politics

A new research institute at the George Washington University will fight the rise of distorted and misleading information online, working to educate national policymakers and journalists on strategies to grapple with the threat to democracy posed by digital propaganda and deception.

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INSTITUTE LEADERSHIP

 

Steven Livingston

Steven Livingston

Director of the Institute for Data, Democracy, and Politics
Professor of Media and Public Affairs and International Affairs

Frank Sesno

Frank Sesno

Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs
Professor of Media and Public Affairs and International Affairs

 



WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

 


“The digital spread of misinformation is an unprecedented threat to American democracy. GW’s new center will enable us to better understand — and tackle — misinformation and other threats to democracy in the digital age.”

Sam Gill

Knight Foundation Vice President for Communities and Impact


 


“At the heart of our fact-checking journalism is a belief in the importance of providing citizens access to the information they need to govern themselves in a democracy. This collaboration will strengthen our work by providing analytical insights and groundbreaking research on effective fact-checking interventions.”

Angie Drobnic Holan

PolitiFact Editor


 


“Disinformation campaigns are a direct threat to democracy and so by helping train journalists and through our fact-checking expertise the Poynter Institute stands ready to support GW's vital new initiative.”

Neil Brown

Poynter Institute President