Cybersecurity for Democracy

Cybersecurity for Democracy is a research-based effort to expose online threats to our social fabric – and recommend how to counter them. We are part of the Center for Cybersecurity at NYU.

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A new, enhanced version of Ad Observatory is now available in English and Spanish, with increased search functionality. Compare digital political ad spending across Meta properties with this free and public dashboard.

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Ad Observatory 2022 can be used to gain insights on digital political messaging across Facebook and Instagram. Here's a quick primer to get you started.

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Read Mark Scott's Politico piece on the launch of Ad Observatory: "Fight over online political ads heats up ahead of midterms"

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Data access is long overdue for researchers, as C4D co-director Laura Edelson and others are saying. Read It’s Time to Open the Black Box of Social Media published in Scientific American.

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A new, enhanced version of Ad Observatory is now available in English and Spanish. Search digital political ad spending across Meta properties with our public, free dashboard.

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Five things you can learn from Ad Observatory about digital political advertising

Getting started with insights on political messaging across Facebook and Instagram Launched in August 2022 by NYU Cybersecurity for Democracy, the updated version of Ad Observatory (AdObservatory.org) is a public, searchable dashboard to find insights on digital political…

New, enhanced AdObservatory.org provides transparency & insights on digital political spending

Free, public research tool, available in English & Spanish, features data viz on paid messaging across Facebook & Instagram. BROOKLYN, New York, Wednesday, August 3, 2022 — Ahead of the U.S. midterm elections, projected to draw some $1.2 billion in digital political spending, NYU…

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