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

New York University GovLab: Platforms & Political Ads

New York University's Tandon School of Engineering is working on a GovLab project focused on improving the transparency of online political advertising. The project's goals are to build tools to collect and archive political advertising data. The project team will make the data collection tools and raw data collected publicly available to enable analysis of online political advertising by anyone interested.

Why We Invested

NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering is collecting online political ad data and working toward a reliable framework for understanding how platforms shape the digital public square. This project will support additional capacity within the field to better consider potential recommendations and new lines of inquiry.

Democracy Fund is proud to support New York University in their work to organize data to hold platforms accountable to the American public and to advance America’s democratic promise.

Total Commitment

2019: $100,000