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Introducing the Digital Society Project

Working paper
Authors Valeriya Mechkova
Steven Wilson
Daniel Pemstein
Brigitte Zimmerman
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Political Science
Language en
Links digitalsocietyproject.org/wp-conten...
Keywords Internet and politics
Subject categories Political Science

Abstract

With this working paper we introduce a new project—the Digital Society Project (DSP)–which aims to answer some of the most important questions surrounding the intersection of the internet and politics. We introduce the DSP dataset, the product of a global survey of hundreds of country and area experts, and preview key descriptive patterns from this data collection effort. The data covers virtually all countries in the world from 2000 to 2018 and measures a set of 35 new indicators of polarization and politicization of social media, misinformation campaigns and coordinated information operations, and foreign influence in and monitoring of domestic politics. We expect that the data and the research produced by this project will be of great interest to both the academic and policy communities, at a time when understanding the political and social consequences of the internet is rapidly increasing.

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