Working Papers

Digital Society Project Working Papers provide an outlet for exciting new research on the intersection of the internet and politics. If you use DSP data in your work and would like to contribute a working paper to the series, please let us know here!

DSP Working Paper #1: Introducing the Digital Society Project

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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.