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

University of Virginia: Deliberative Media Lab

Housed within the University of Virginia, the Deliberative Media Initiative (DMI) Lab addresses one of the central problems facing democracy in the 21st century: That while our current media ecosystem helps motivate like-minded people to find each other and act, it undermines the ability of diverse groups of people to deliberate informatively and dispassionately about issues using a shared body of accepted facts. The lab addresses the problem by assessing and analyzing the current state of media and prescribing technologies, practices, and ethics that might foster and promote deliberation.

Why We Invested

The Deliberative Media Lab is researching the intersection of people of color and social media platforms, situated within the new Democracy Initiative at the University of Virginia. This funding will support research led by Dr. Meredith Clark into the ways in which communities of color are impacted by disinformation online and the role race may play in digital news media consumption.

Total Commitment

2020: $100,000