Social Media and Democracy: The State of the Field and Prospects for Reform

Our co-director, Joshua Tucker, has co-edited a volume exploring the field of social media research with Nathaniel Persily, co-director of the Stanford Cyber Policy Center. The text chronicles the recent explosion of research at the intersection of social media and democracy — and the resulting new field that brings together political scientists, economists, psychologists, communication scholars, and other researchers from different corners of academia. The book, out last September 2020, is published by Cambridge University Press.

Download the final chapter below, which details the legal barriers preventing access to key social media datasets, and the ethical quandaries surrounding analyses of such data.