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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.

    About Us
  • About Us
  • Program on Democracy and the Internet
  • Program on Geopolitics, Technology and Governance
  • Stanford Internet Observatory
  • Global Digital Policy Incubator
  • Program on Platform Regulation

About Us

Working across disciplines, the Cyber Policy Center aims to understand how technology affects security, governance, and the future of work. We connect the tech industry with policymakers in Washington, D.C., to address policy concerns. We are home to a number of programs whose work focuses on various facets of cyber policy.

Program on Democracy and the Internet

The Program on Democracy and the Internet (PDI) produces research, hosts events and convenings, and teaches current and future leaders about the challenges that new technologies pose to democracy in the digital age. 

Program on 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. 

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. 

Global Digital Policy Incubator

The Global Digital Policy Incubator (GDPi) is a multi-stakeholder collaboration hub for the development of norms and policies to protect human rights, civic space and democratic processes in digital society.

Program on Platform Regulation

The Program on Platform Regulation 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.

The Executive Order on Platforms and Online Speech: Stanford’s Cyber Policy Center Responds  - thumbnail of video

The Executive Order on Platforms and Online Speech: Stanford’s Cyber Policy Center Responds

June 1 | The Executive Order on Platforms and Online Speech

On May 28th, President Trump signed an executive order threatening to revoke CDA 230 protections, which would expose social media companies to increased liability for content that is posted on their sites. The Cyber Policy Center team responded on June 1 in a public webinar.