PoliDashboard is a data visualization tool developed and maintained by members of the Social Media Lab. It is designed to help voters, journalists, and campaign staffers to gauge the health of political discussions in Canada. It analyzes publicly available data from Twitter to spot misinformation and the use of automation. The aims of the dashboard are to bring more transparency to our political discourse and to put a spotlight on the people and organizations vying for our attention and votes. 

PoliDashboard consists of three main modules: 

  1. a #CNDPoli Twitter Module that provides near real time analysis of the #CDNPoli tweet stream to flag the presence of misinformation…aka ‘fake news’ being shared on Twitter and the use of automation (aka…political bots). 
  2. an expert-curated Links & Misinformation Database containing all URLs shared on #CNDPoli plus a compendium of blacklisted URLs known for disseminating hoaxes and disinformation (as documented by trusted sources such as journalists & other academic researchers),
  3. Facebook Political Ads Module featuring information about political advertisers and the ads they are running on Facebook. 

Team Members:

Original Concept and Designer:

  • Anatoliy Gruzd
  • Philip Mai

Lead Developer (Current):

Lead Developers (Past):

Data Analyst and Content Curator:

Data Analyst and Content Curator (Past):

    Have an idea for improving the dashboard? Wish we reported some other stats? We welcome comments and suggestions for improving the dashboard. Please contact us via info[at]socialmedialab.ca. 

    Social Media Lab

    Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, the Social Media Lab is a multi- and interdisciplinary research laboratory at Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson UniversityThe lab studies how social media is changing the way people and organizations communicate, share information, conduct business and form communities online, and how these changes impact society. The lab’s research seeks to advance the public’s understanding of the benefits and pitfalls of social media adoption.

    The Social Media Lab conducts research in a wide variety of areas including: Academia, Health, Information Privacy, Online Communities, Organizational Social Media Use, and Politics. The broad aim of the lab’s various research initiatives is to provide decision makers with additional knowledge and insights into the behaviors and relationships of online social network members, and to understand how these interpersonal connections influence our personal choices and actions. We also develop research apps, tools and methods for collecting, analyzing and visualizing publicly available social media data.

    The Social Media Lab was established in 2010 and is the first of its kind in North America. It is led by co-directors, Anatoliy Gruzd (PhD) – Dir. of Research and Philip Mai (JD) – Director of Business and Communications. The lab is internationally recognized and attracts a diverse range of outstanding multidisciplinary scholars from around the world each year. It is a leader in social media studies and is the convener of the annual International Conference on Social Media and Society (#SMSociety).