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Our democracy is under assault by the deliberate manipulation of facts, the growth of conspiracy theories, mounting public distrust, and an increasing willingness to endorse autocratic beliefs and engage in political violence—often enabled and fueled by digital media and a rapidly-evolving data landscape.

Data & Democracy—a transformational collaboration between CEG and the University of Chicago's Data Science Institute—conducts cross-disciplinary research, convenes key stakeholders, and circulates and amplifies the findings needed to protect democracy in the digital age.

The initiative brings together computer scientists, statisticians and political scientists to better understand the digital threats facing democracy, investigating critical questions concerning the impact of misinformation on effective government, how online communication translates into offline political behavior, and the implications of the consolidation of online media platforms for free speech.

Now hiring: Postdoctoral Scholars for 2023

The Data & Democracy Research Initiative seeks postdoctoral scholars for research at the intersection of political and data science.

The Data Science Institute and the Center for Effective Government at the University of Chicago invites applications for its Data and Democracy Postdoctoral Scholars programs with appointments starting in August 2023. Postdoctoral Fellows in this program will advance interdisciplinary data-driven approaches, methods, and applications in research related to digital media, disinformation, and emergent threats to  democracy. This unique program provides postdocs with the opportunity to pursue original research on significant questions in data science, while also developing specialized domain expertise in one public policy, economics, public governance and media studies.

Drawing on the University of Chicago’s top-ranked programs, world-renowned faculty, as well as a vibrant and quickly expanding data science ecosystem, this program will allow postdoctoral scholars to engage in field-defining data science and artificial intelligence research. Our positions carry a competitive salary, generous research funding stipends, and benefits.

Interested applicants should apply online here. Review of applications will begin on November 4th, 2022 and will continue until all positions are filled. You can learn more about the application process, program structure and benefits, potential mentors, and more here.

Inaugural Research Grants

We are pleased to announce an inaugural round of research funding, seeding four new interdisciplinary collaborations addressing questions on political participation and freedom of expression in the digital age. These projects bring together experts in policy, politics, law, computer science and data science to create new approaches for analyzing social media content moderation, neurological signals of political bias, the relationship between political polarization and dysfunction, and the effect of messaging on online information consumption and behavior. Find more information on these projects below.

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We're building a community of scholars, students, and experts at the intersection of democracy and data science. To learn more about Data & Democracy or to get involved in our work, reach out to us at effectivegov@uchicago.edu.

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