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.

Featured News and Publications from Our Programs

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PUBLICATION | Reversing the Tide: Towards a New US Strategy to Support Democracy and Counter Authoritarianism

The final report with recommendations from the Task Force on US Strategy to Support Democracy and Counter Authoritarianism, launched in September 2020 as a joint effort of Freedom House, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), and the McCain Institute. It has conducted itself as a working Task Force, with the active engagement of its members. Eileen Donahoe of the Stanford Cyber Policy's Global Digital Policy Incubator, was a working group lead.
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Some Humility About Transparency

In a new blog post, Daphne Keller, Director of the Program on Platform Regulation at the Cyber Policy Center, looks at the need for transparency when it comes to content moderation and asks, what kind of transparency do we really want?
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PUBLICATION | The Long Fuse: Misinformation and the 2020 Election

A final report of the findings of the Election Integrity Partnership, formed on July 26, 2020 — 100 days before the 2020 presidential election — as a coalition of research entities to focus on supporting real-time information exchange between the research community, election officials, government agencies, civil society organizations, and social media platforms.

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    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

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.

RECENT WORK & INSIGHT

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Clubhouse in China: Is the data safe?

The audio chat app “Clubhouse” went viral among Chinese-speaking audiences. Stanford Internet Observatory examines whether user data was protected, and why that matters.
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Eileen Donahoe | Heal the Transatlantic Technology Policy Rift to Combat China's Digital Authoritarian Model

The incoming Biden-Harris foreign policy team recognizes well that technology now sits at the epicenter of geopolitics: all aspects of government power — military, economic, and normative — increasingly derive from dominance in technology.
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Q&A with Riana Pfefferkorn, Stanford Internet Observatory Research Scholar

Riana Pfefferkorn joined the Stanford Internet Observatory as a research scholar in December. She comes from Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society, where she was the Associate Director of Surveillance and Cybersecurity.

Contact Us

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

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