Institute for Data, Democracy, and Politics

Institute for Data, Democracy & Politics

IDDP's Response to COVID-19

IDDP hopes you are safe and healthy. In light of ongoing health concerns related to COVID-19, we have postponed all our scheduled events until at least May 1, 2020. We will post updates here as we receive them.

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, foreign and domestic actors are taking advantage of key features of digital platforms to target vulnerable and marginalized members of society. 


Read more about us in GW Magazine»

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The Disinformation Age

It’s been well known for a long time that not everything on the internet is true, but recently it's become more difficult to separate facts and fictions. The new Institute for Data, Democracy, and Politics will help us tell the difference.

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

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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.



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.


IDDP Highlights



Institute Leadership  

Steven Livingston

Steven Livingston

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

Rebekah Tromble

Rebekah Tromble 

Associate Director Institute for Data, Democracy & Politics
Associate Professor of Media and Public Affairs 


Meet Our Team 


“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