The center, founded in January 2018, is located on the campus of Luiss Guido Carli University at Viale Pola 12.
Under the direction of Livia De Giovanni and Gianni Riotta, Luiss Data Lab conducts research, analysis, and monitoring on disinformation and misinformation. The focus is on Big Data, new technologies, and digital transformation, with a multidisciplinary, quantitative and qualitative, comparative perspective, and a focus on political, economic, and social case studies with ad hoc narratives and videos.
Since the end of 2020, the center has been enriched by the merger with CeFOP (Center for Research on Economics of Education and Professions), an excellent laboratory in humanities and interdisciplinary research, specialized in the scientific culture of data and digital communication strategies on the impact on societies, economies, companies, institutions, and politics. The center has expanded its research fields to include the study of all areas that, together with human capital, contribute to the development of a territory, particularly concerning the digital transformation of the economy and society, including the information society.
The Data Lab collaborates, within a project on disinformation funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, with Harvard University. It has won two Horizon 2020 projects: SOMA (Social Observatory for Disinformation and Social Media Analysis) and MediaFutures (Data-driven innovation hub for the media value chain). The Data Lab is also the winner of the IDMO project (Italian Digital Media Observatory) – financed under the European CEF-TC-2020-2 EDMO call – which will be an international hub aimed at supporting and implementing the work of the European Digital Media Observatory (EDMO). The project partners – Telecom, Rai, Gedi, Tor Vergata University, NewsGuard, Pagella Politica, T6 Ecosystem – will combine their forces and expertise to combat disinformation.