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  • Cybersecurity for Democracy

    Our theory of change for reducing online harms The NYU Cybersecurity for Democracy project is a research-based effort to expose online threats to our social fabric — and recommend how to counter them. Our focus is on systems, revealing the ways that online platforms leave…

  • Platforms: It’s time to show your work

    Platforms: it’s time to show your work Transparency for online advertising is essential for holding platforms accountable As a scientist, I’m judged not just by my analysis and findings: my work also must be reproducible by other researchers. They need access to the data and code…

  • The political ads Facebook won’t show you

    The 2020 elections may be over, but undisclosed content about U.S. political issues flourishes online Even as Michigan’s Democratic governor and a senator offer plans to create incentives for wind, solar, and other renewable sources, when individual wind farms are proposed in the…

  • When social trust is the attack

    How bad actors exploited social media algorithms to erode users’ confidence in democratic institutions On January 6th, 2021 an armed and angry mob stormed the U.S. Capitol. Poll data gathered shortly after the insurrection indicated that millions of Americans believed that…

  • Far right news sources on Facebook more engaging

    Far-right news sources on Facebook more engaging Unlike other news across the political spectrum, no “misinformation penalty” for far-right pages by Laura Edelson, Minh-Kha Nguyen, Ian Goldstein, Oana Goga, Tobias Lauinger, and Damon McCoy. Facebook has become a major way people…

  • Past posts from Online Political Transparency Project

    We are now Cybersecurity for Democracy Before 2021, our project was known as Online Political Transparency Project. Here are links to posts from our former site on Medium. Publishing Facebook ad data (redux), by Laura Edelson, published November 13, 2020. “Independently collected…

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