The Digital Democracy Project was a joint initiative led by the Max Bell School of Public Policy at McGill University and the Ottawa-based Public Policy Forum.
The project studied the media ecosystem in the run-up to and during Canada’s October 2019 federal election by monitoring digital and social media, and by conducting both regular national surveys and a study of a metered sample of online consumption. The project communicated its preliminary research findings publicly on a regular basis between August to October 2019, working with journalists to analyze the spread and impact of misinformation. The study culminated in a final report, published in May 2020.
The project director was Taylor Owen, Associate Professor and Beaverbrook Chair in Media, Ethics and Communications in the Max Bell School of Public Policy at McGill University. The online data analysis team was led by Derek Ruths, Associate Professor in the School of Computer Science at McGill University, and the survey analysis team was led by Peter Loewen, Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto.
The project was funded by The Rossy Foundation, the McConnell Foundation, and the Luminate Group. The project also participated in the Digital Elections Research Challenge, a collaborative research project led by Taylor Owen and Elizabeth Dubois, Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa, and funded by a grant from Heritage Canada. The DDP shared survey and online data with the 18 research projects funded through this collaboration and highlighted select findings from these projects in our regular briefings.
For enquiries, please contact stephanie [at] digitaldemocracyproject.ca (Stephanie MacLellan.)