The Digital Democracy Monitor Toolkit seeks to empower researchers with the knowledge, tools and examples to analyse democratic discourse online.
This toolkit was prepared by Democracy Reporting International (DRI) as part of our efforts on Social Media and Democracy.
This project was made possible by the contributions of MEMO98 and funded by NEF-Civitates.
As Research Coordinator, Rafael is responsible for implementing projects analyzing the impact of social media on elections and democratic discourse around the world. His portfolio includes the production of evidence to assess how disinformation, hate speech and political advertising play a role in countries like Tunisia, Sri Lanka, Libya, Myanmar, Ukraine and several EU countries. These findings can then be used to inform policy-makers, industry and civil society on ways to make the online environment more resilient against online threats. He co-authored the “Guide for Civil Society on Monitoring Social Media During Elections”, as part of the “Supporting Democracy”, an European Union funded project. Before joining DRI, he researched the intersection between new technologies and electoral behaviour at the Dahrendorf Forum in Berlin and as a Google Policy Fellow in Panama City. He holds a Bachelor degree in International Relations (University of São Paulo) and a Master of Public Policy (Hertie School of Governance).
As a Student Assistant on the Social Media and Democracy team, Madeline has worked on the implementation of an EU wide project to monitor social media during elections and DRI’s Digital Democracy Monitor Toolkit. She also spearheads the team’s efforts on gender and social media issues. Prior to joining DRI, she worked in digital marketing at CNN and for Hilary Clinton’s presidential campaign. She holds a double Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History from Boston University and Master of Public Policy from the Hertie School of Governance. For her master’s thesis, she researched YouTube political media diets and polarization on YouTube.