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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Independent audit shows Facebook falls short in enforcing its own political ad policies. Plus: what does Universal Digital Platform Ad Transparency look like, and why would it help?

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Read C4D co-director Laura Edelson's latest piece in Lawfare, Platform Transparency Legislation: The Whos, Whats and Hows, here.

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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 here.

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Watch our latest discussion, A Conversation on the Ukraine War Disinformation, in partnership with the NYU Center for Social Media and Politics and NYC Media Lab here.

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