Several different organizations have generously supported the research that my colleagues and I do. Their funding is used to support things like stipends or tuition for graduate student, international fieldwork for my graduate students and I, multi-day workshops for discussing our research, and research dissemination activities that get our findings out to colleagues, policy makers, journalists, and the interested public.
Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed by my colleagues and I are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of supporting and sponsoring organizations.
The European Research Council is supporting the Political Bots project, an effort to examine how political actors use algorithms to manipulate public opinion during elections.
Intel has funded parts of The Project on Information Technology and Political Islam and the World Information Access Project, and provided several other kinds of support for students working in my lab on the cultural impact of technology diffusion.
The Knight Foundation has funded the Digital Activism Research Project with a grant through the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University.
The National Science Foundation has supported several projects in several ways, such as awarding one of my graduate students a doctoral grant to work with our Global Digital Activism Data Set. NSF, Principal Investigator, “EAGER CNS: Computational Propaganda and The Production/Detection of Bots,” $218,825, BIGDATA-1450193, 2014-6. NSF, Principal Investigator, “RAPID – Social Computing and Political Transition in Tunisia,” $45,625, IIS-1144286, 2011. NSF, Principal Investigator, “Human Centered Computing: Information Access, Field Innovation, and Mobile Phone Technologies in Developing Countries,” award IIS-0713074, $341,963, 2007-2010. NSF, Co-Principal Investigator with Beth Kolko Principal Investigator, “The Effect of the Internet on Society: Incorporating Central Asia into the Global Perspective,” ITR-0326101, $1.23 million, 2003–2005.
The US Institute of Peace has funded the Digital Activism Research Project. US Institutes of Peace, Philip N. Howard Principal Investigator, “Digital Media, Civic Engagement, and Non-Violent Conflict,” $79,905, 212-11F, 2012.