The Project on Democracy and the Internet seeks to promote research, convenings, and courses that engage with the new challenges technologies pose to democracy in the digital age.
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The Internet and social media are having a profound impact on democracy in the United States and around the world. New communication platforms allow established political actors and those outside the establishment to speak like never before in an unmediated voice to the citizenry. The same technology that gives voice to the previously voiceless, however, empowers foreign actors seeking to undermine democracy, trolls who silence journalists and minority groups through threats and hate speech, and ”bots” that attempt to manipulate search engines and flood social media. Concerns about viral deception, anonymity, echo chambers, and platform information monopolies pose new challenges for democracy in the digital age.
This project is a multifaceted research program featuring several elements:
This effort is intended to bring together scholars from a diverse set of disciplines to study the challenges and opportunities the Internet poses for democracies. For the first time, it will provide an official umbrella to a related body of work that brings together the Center for Democracy Development and the Rule of Law at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (School of Humanities and Sciences) , the Global Digital Policy Incubator, and individual scholars and students from Stanford Law School, the Graduate School of Business, and the Stanford Departments of Engineering, Political Science, and Communication.
This project additionally benefits from several key assets:
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Special thanks to the Knight Foundation for their support.