Democracy Fund

The Democracy Fund invests in organizations working to ensure that our political system is able to withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people.

Democracy Fund

Harvard Kennedy School: Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy

The Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy is a Harvard Kennedy School research center dedicated to exploring and illuminating the intersection of press, politics and public policy in theory and practice. The Center strives to bridge the gap between journalists and scholars, and between them and the public.

Why We Invested

The Technology and Social Change Research Project (TaSC), led by Dr. Donovan at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, aims to understand how media manipulation is a means to control public conversation, derail democracy, and disrupt society. The project conducts research, develops tools, and facilitates workshops for journalists, policy makers, technologists, and civil society organizations on how to detect, document, and debunk media manipulation campaigns. The project is currently creating an online research platform called the Global Media Manipulation Case Book (GMMCB), which will include 100 case studies to advance our shared knowledge of how misinformation travels across the web and platforms.

This research project will provide a lens into how mis/disinformation could impact the 2020 US democratic processes.

Total Commitment

2019: $350,000 over two years