Cyber Policy Center

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Cyber Policy Center

The Cyber Policy Center at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies is Stanford University's premier center for the interdisciplinary study of issues at the nexus of technology, governance and public policy. Through research, policy engagement, and teaching, the Cyber Policy Center works to bring cutting-edge solutions to national governments, international institutions, and industry.

NOVEMBER 16 | Analyzing Social Media From A User-eye View With PIEGraph

Quantitative social media research has traditionally been conducted from what might be called a platform-centric view, wherein researchers sample, collect, and analyzed data based on one or more topic- or user-specific keywords. Such studies have yielded many valuable insights, but they convey little about individual users’ tailored social media environments—what Professor Freelon calls the user-eye view.
    Our Programs
  • Our Programs
  • Global Digital Policy Incubator
  • Stanford Internet Observatory
  • Program on Democracy and the Internet
  • Geopolitics, Technology, and Governance
  • The Program on Platform Regulation
  • Social Media Lab

Our Programs

The Cyber Policy Center is home to five programs, all focused on issues at the nexus of technology, governance and public policy. 

Global Digital Policy Incubator

The mission of the Global Digital Policy Incubator is to inspire policy and governance innovations that reinforce democratic values, universal human rights, and the rule of law in the digital realm. We serve as a collaboration hub for the development of norms, guidelines, and laws that enhance freedom, security, and trust in the global digital ecosystem. The bottom line question that guides this initiative: How do we help governments and private sector technology companies establish governance norms, policies, and processes that allow citizens and society to reap the upside benefits of technology, while protecting against the downside risks?

Stanford Internet Observatory

The Stanford Internet Observatory is a cross-disciplinary program of research, teaching and policy engagement for the study of abuse in current information technologies, with a focus on social media. Under the program direction of computer security expert Alex Stamos, the Observatory was created to learn about the abuse of the internet in real time, to develop a novel curriculum on trust and safety that is a first in computer science, and to translate our research discoveries into training and policy innovations for the public good.

Program on Democracy and the Internet

The Program on Democracy and the Internet envisions digital technologies supporting rather than subverting democracy by maximizing the benefits and minimizing the threats through changes in policy, technology, and social and ethical technological norms. Through knowledge creation and education, and by leveraging the convening power of Stanford University, PDI creates and shares original empirical research around how digital technologies are impacting democracy to inform and educate decision-makers in the field, including the next generation of technologists, business leaders, and policymakers. 

Geopolitics, Technology, and Governance

The Program on Geopolitics, Technology, and Governance (GTG) is dedicated to world-class scholarly and policy-oriented research on the political, legal, and economic implications of digital innovation and global competition. Artificial intelligence, quantum computing, and a proliferation of smart, connected devices will revolutionize warfare and create new challenges and opportunities in statecraft. They will enable automation in countless domains, and lead to as of yet unknown applications that catalyze new industries and business models—and in the process, massively alter how economic value is created, captured and distributed, with ripple effects in the domestic politics of nations and the broader global political economy.

The Program on Platform Regulation

The Program on Platform Regulation, headed by Daphne Keller, focuses on current or emerging law governing Internet platforms, with an emphasis on laws’ consequences for the rights and interests of Internet users and the public.

Social Media Lab

The Stanford Social Media Lab works on understanding psychological and interpersonal processes in social media. The team specializes in using computational linguistics and behavioral experiments to understand how the words we use can reveal psychological and social dynamics, such as deception and trust, emotional dynamics, and relationships.

NOVEMBER 2 YOUTUBE RECORDING | The Global Spyware Crisis and How to Stop It

With David Kaye, professor of law at UC Irvine a look at the current spyware crisis and potential solutions. 

Featured News and Publications from Our Programs

Jim Dempsey bio photo plus cover of his new book Cybersecurity Law Fundamentals

NEW BOOK | Cybersecurity Law Fundamentals

Almost as swiftly as cybersecurity has emerged as a major corporate and public policy concern, a body of cybersecurity law has developed. This body of law is not systematic. Like all things digital, it is rapidly evolving. Dempsey's new book aims to give a coherent summary of this incoherent body of law.
At an Internet security conference in Beijing, September 2018

The Fall and Rise of Techno-Globalism: Democracies Should Not Let the Dream of the Open Internet Die

by Graham Webster, Research Scholar at the Stanford University Cyber Policy Center and Editor in Chief of the Stanford DigiChina Project. From Foreign Affairs.
jon stewart pictured with Alex stamos of the stanford internet observatory

PODCAST | The Problem with Jon Stewart

Alex Stamos of SIO talked with Jon Stewart on his podcast The Problem With Jon Stewart, about the impact of social platforms on democracy in the episode The Problem With Freedom: It Ain't Free.

Contact Us

Cyber Policy Center | Encina Hall | 616 Jane Stanford Way | Stanford University | Stanford, CA 94305-6165 | (650) 724-6814

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