Cyber Policy Center

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Cyber Policy Center

The Stanford Cyber Policy Center, a joint initiative of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and Stanford Law School, is Stanford University's research center for the interdisciplinary study of issues at the nexus of technology, governance and public policy focused on digital technologies impacting democracy, security, and geopolitics globally.
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What are the dynamics on alt-platform Gab?

Gab was founded in 2016 as an uncensored alternative to mainstream social media platforms. Stanford Internet Observatory’s latest report looks at behaviors and dynamics across the platform.

Spring Seminar Series

The Spring Seminar Series kicks off April 5th with new topics, new experts and new research. Join us for single sessions or multiple. To see the lineup, visit the registration page.
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 six programs, all focused on issues at the nexus of technology, governance, law 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.

Featured News and Publications from Our Programs

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Obama Visits Stanford, Calls for Regulation to Combat Disinformation

At an all-day event, co-hosted by the Cyber Policy Center and the Obama Foundation on April 21st, researchers, scholars and experts gathered together for panel discussions on how to combat the growing threat to democracy posed by the digital realm. President Barack Obama delivered the keynote address.
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Panelists at Obama Event Discuss Threats to Democracy in Digital Realm

Over the course of three panel discussions at the April 21st event, Challenges to Democracy in the Digital Information Realm, experts from the Cyber Policy Center and other areas of academia and industry discussed the many challenges posed by disinformation, along with the methods and platforms propelling disinformation and hate
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Cybersecurity and the ‘Good Cause’ Exception to the APA

Jim Dempsey's latest analysis in Lawfare: how federal agencies can move quickly to bolster cybersecurity in the face of known threats

Contact Us

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