This programme supports research into the use of computational propaganda in developing democracies, our management of strategic relations with industry, government and civil society stakeholders, and capacity transfer to civil society groups.


With ongoing anxiety and high-level investigations of foreign interference in recent elections, it seems that democratic transparency and accountability face increasing pressure in the digital age. This project will expand the Oxford Internet Institute’s investigative capacity and programme of policy engagement, allowing us to support critical public conversations about the role of “computational propaganda” in the increasingly technology- and data-driven political campaigns that characterise contemporary democracies.

We have a three-part programme, including:

  1. an investigative programme of observing computational propaganda and political communication during critical moments—such as elections—in democracies around the world
  2. a strategic relationship programme to raise our capacity to manage ties with global policy makers, journalists, and other investigators
  3. a civic engagement programme to deepen our collaborations with civil society groups, and to help transfer knowledge and responsive-capacity to a wider network of democracy activists and advocates.