Social Science Research Council

For Support Of The Anxieties Of Democracy Program

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  • Date Awarded
  • Term
    36 Months
  • Type of Support
    General Support/Program
This grant supports the Social Science Research Council’s Anxieties of Democracy program that works to stimulate, mobilize, and broadcast a better understanding of the dilemmas of legitimacy and capacity faced by established democracies. To affect scholarship and enhance the public conversation, the program coordinates over 70 top-tier social scientists, journalists, and practitioners, convened into five working groups with mandates to offer fresh perspectives and solutions. The Anxieties of Democracy program safeguards and nurtures a (rare) panoramic perspective — understood both comparatively and historically — in its approach and analyses, while anchoring the crucial civic role of university research in a robust democracy.
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for support of the Social Media and Democracy Research Initiative  
The Hewlett Foundation recently launched a fund to research how digital disinformation is affecting political polarization and undermining U.S. democracy, and what can be done about it. One challenge has been securing data access from online platforms. In April, an agreement was reached with Facebook to make data available to scholars, in privacy-protected ways, to better understand how Facebook is impacting elections, and democracy, globally. The agreement brings together seven funders from across the ideological spectrum. The Social Science Research Council will play a key role. The council is one of the most respected institutions working globally to foster research on important public issues and will be engaged at every stage of this work: announcing requests for proposals, selecting and awarding funds to scholars, and translating learnings to the public.

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