Elections and civic engagement partnerships are critical for tracking and promoting democratic conversation and engagement through Twitter.
We earmarked $1.9 million (an estimate of what we earned from ads placed by Russia Today and Sputnik, both linked to the Russian government) to fund partnerships that expand academic research into how Twitter is used for civic engagement and elections. This research will explore the use of manipulative techniques and disinformation, with an initial focus on elections, civic engagement, and automation.
We’re proud to be working with a wide range of organizations to help achieve this goal, including:
Annan Commission on Elections and Democracy in the Digital Age
The commission will examine how countries, businesses, and citizens may exploit the possibilities of new technologies to serve our democracies while mitigating the risks.
Atlantic Council’s DFRL Lab
The Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab is building a global hub of digital forensic analysts tracking events in governance, technology, security, and where each intersect as they occur.
First Draft is a project of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government to fight mis- and disinformation through fieldwork, research, and education.
The EU DisinfoLab is a non-governmental organization based in Brussels with a mission to fight disinformation with innovative methodology and scientific support to the counter-disinformation community.
City University’s Department of Sociology is undertaking research into the sociological aspects of digital media with a substantive interest in the cross-effects between online and offline social networks.
The National Democratic Institute (NDI) is leading the initiative to organize the Design 4 Democracy Coalition, which is working to strengthen democracy abroad in the digital age. NDI is supported in this effort by the International Republican Institute (IRI), as well as the organizations of many of the Coalition’s Advisory Board members.
The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press is a nonprofit association dedicated to assisting journalists since 1970.