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Building Infrastructure for Studying Social Media’s Role in Elections and Democracy 

When we created Social Science One over a year ago, we promised to give periodic updates on our progress in making privacy-protected Facebook data accessible to the world’s scientific community. As we reported in previous blog posts, we have made great strides in setting up infrastructure under our new “trusted third party” model for industry-academic partnerships. This work must continue. The future of social science research depends on collaborations between independent researchers and...

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Joint Statement from Social Science One and Facebook

Social Science One and Facebook issue the following statement:

“We are grateful for the initial support from the Social Media and Democracy Foundation Funders and the Social Science Research Council to our project. Their efforts over this planned one year term have been integral to setting this important work in motion and we thank them. As the organizations responsible for initiating this project and managing the infrastructure for independent academic study and privacy-preserving data access, we look forward to continuing and expanding our efforts.

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How to think about the Research Data Agreement with Facebook

 

Gary King and Nathaniel Persily, Co-chairs
Social Science One

 


The ambition and importance of what was initially known as the Facebook Election Commission, now Social Science One, is only equaled by the challenges we have faced to establish the legal, privacy, and partnership frameworks needed to get this fully off the ground. Yet, progress is now coming at a much faster clip. We are encouraged by this progress and are excited about the monumental... Read more about How to think about the Research Data Agreement with Facebook

Request for Proposals for Fast Access to CrowdTangle and Ad Library Data

Last week, we announced approval of the first group of over sixty researchers to use Facebook data to study social media's effect on elections and democracy. Today, we are happy to share two new requests for proposals -- An RFP for the CrowdTangle API and an RFP for the Ad Library API. Each RFP features simple application processes and fast decisions.

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First Grants Announced for Independent Research on Social Media’s Impact on Democracy Using Facebook Data

Gary King and Nathaniel Persily

A year ago, we developed a new model of industry-academic partnerships and began a collaboration with Facebook to embark on an unprecedented effort to enlist the world’s research community to study social media’s effect on elections and democracy. Today, we are announcing our approval of the first group of over sixty researchers from around the world to use Facebook data for this purpose in a safe, secure, and privacy-protected manner. We have more work to do and hurdles to...

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Update from Gary King and Nate Persily

When we created Social Science One to facilitate access for the world’s social scientific community to social media data, we promised to release periodic updates noting our progress and describing the challenges we confront.  In this post, we describe the substantial work accomplished over the past several months and highlight the remaining obstacles we face. We describe additional datasets to be made available in the coming months, and plans to announce the first group of researchers who will be granted (privacy-preserving) access to Facebook data and foundation funding through our partnership with the Social Science Research Council.  We also detail the important legal, technical, organizational, computational, privacy, and security challenges that have occupied our work to date. Despite these challenges, we believe we are building a firm foundation for a multi-year effort to investigate fundamental questions of social media’s impact on democracy around the world, which we hope can be expanded to other critical areas of research.

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Introducing “Social Science One: Building Industry-Academic Partnerships”

On April 9, 2018, we released a paper, A New Model for Industry-Academic Partnerships. By providing incentive-compatible ways to share data and expertise, the paper offers an organizational model to advance the goals of social science in understanding and ameliorating society’s greatest challenges, and to help those in industry...

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Social Science One: Public Launch

Today, we are launching Social Science One with the rollout of this website and the issuing of our first RFP; academics can now apply for data access and funding to study the role of social media in elections and democracy.

Our news release:

Independent Research Commission Partnering with Facebook and 7 Nonprofit Foundations to Study Role of Social Media in Elections and Democracy Reveals New Name and...

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