We have developed a series of training materials and methodological guides to help you in your monitoring activities. You can also find other relevant publications that may help your work.


Gender & Social Media: Measuring Underrepresentation & Harassment

Women are underrepresented and harassed on social media. More global research is needed to drive evidence-based solutions. How exactly can researchers monitor this problem? This publication will frame, define and provide the tools to get started: Understanding the problem and its effects Three sample methodologies to kickstart your research Preliminary solutions DRI’s sample methodologies can help researchers introduce a gender-based element into their social media monitoring activities. This will provide a structure for future cross-country comparisons.
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Cases and best practices to inform electoral observation missions

Concern over online interference in elections is now widespread—from the fallout of the Cambridge Analytica scandal to the pernicious effects messaging apps have had in elections in Kenya or Brazil. Yet regulatory and monitoring efforts have lagged behind in addressing the challenges of how public opinion can be manipulated online, and its impact on elections. The phenomenon of online electoral interference is global. It affects established democracies, countries in transition, and places where freedom of expression and access to information are tightly controlled.
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Guide for Civil Society on Monitoring Social Media During Elections

The EU’s Guide for Civil Society on Monitoring Social Media During Elections, prepared by DRI, helps readers understand how these challenges are affecting democracies and sets out how to monitor these phenomena to create a better understanding and to make that discourse more transparent. The guide provides a framework to establish monitoring activities, how to produce evidence to help counter threats to democratic discourse and strategies to help shape better regulation.
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BP100: Online Threats to Democratic Debate: A Framework for a Discussion on Challenges and Responses

Online disinformation in elections has been one of the major themes of the last years, discussed in countless articles, investigations and conferences.
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Lessons Learned with Social Media Monitoring

Case studies from five elections across Europe in 2019-2020.
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Social Media and Sri Lanka's 2019 Presidential Elections

DRI Sri Lanka monitored the country’s social media landscape during the presidential election in an effort to understand the role disinformation and hate speech played in the elections.
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Libya Social Media Monitoring Report: 2018-2019

DRI Libya monitored Libya's social media landscape from December 2018 to October 2019 to better understand public discourse on Libya's political transformation.
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Deepfakes and Elections: A Quick Guide for Electoral Stakeholders

Elections are times of high risk, when a realistic deepfake could have an immediate impact on voters. What can electoral stakeholders do, particularly civil society organisations and election management bodies that monitor social media discourse, to counter this threat?
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Guide to Monitoring Image and Video-based Social Media

This guide provides comprehensive resources for monitoring images and videos and gathering data from web-based platforms.
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