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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Grants to this Grantee
for the Latin American section’’s fellowship program focusing on political transitions and institutional transformation in Argentina and Chile
for support of digital disinformation research mapping and policy translation
The field of scholars seeking to understand, and address, challenges around digital disinformation has grown rapidly over the last several years. The field spans many scholarly disciplines, including political science, computer science, behavioral science, communications and journalism, law, philosophy, and more. Platforms, journalists, and policymakers have much to learn from leading research about these problems, and emerging solutions, but navigating the body of pending and published research is challenging. This grant would support the Social Science Research Council in mapping, on an ongoing and iterative basis, research underway in this field, and developing "living lit reviews" to translate these scholarly findings to key audiences in closer to real-time.