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Committee on Homeland Security Hosts Stanford Internet Observatory Experts for Securing Democracy Hearing

News / January 25, 2022
The Stanford Internet Observatory's Matt Masterson and Alex Stamos spoke at a virtual hearing on the importance of policy work in order to secure American elections.
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Accessibility for Trust and Safety Flows

Blogs / January 20, 2022
How well do platform reporting flows and context labels work with screen readers for the visually impaired?
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The Platform Transparency and Accountability Act: New legislation addresses platform data secrecy

News / December 9, 2021
New legislation, informed by testimony from Nathaniel Persily, Stanford Law professor and Co-director of the Cyber Policy Center, aims to address the concerning disparity between what platforms know...
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Call for Papers | Digital Technologies in Emerging Countries: Impacts and Responses

News / December 6, 2021
The Program on Democracy and the Internet (PDI) at Stanford’s Cyber Policy Center is soliciting papers for a new initiative called “Digital Technologies in Emerging Countries: Impacts and Responses...
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Stanford’s Program on Democracy and the Internet Launches New Initiative on Digital Technologies in Emerging Countries

News / December 6, 2021
The project will shed light on the impact of technological disruptions on emerging economies to assess and present regulatory solutions.
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In Bed with Embeds: How a Network Tied to IRA Operations Created Fake “Man on the Street” Content Embedded in News Articles

Blogs / December 2, 2021
In this post and in the attached report, we investigate IRA operations

Analysis of Twitter Takedowns Linked to Venezuela, Mexico, Tanzania, and China

Blogs / December 2, 2021
In this post and in the attached reports, we investigate four newly suspended Twitter operations.
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James X. Dempsey of GTG Publishes New Book on Cybersecurity

News / November 17, 2021
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,...
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Aspen Digital's Commission on Information Disorder Releases Their Final Report

News / November 17, 2021
The report is the culmination of work by Aspen Digita's Commission on Information Disorder, with guidance from Stanford Cyber's Renee DiResta, Alex Stamos, Daphne Keller, Nate Persily and...
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Brazil Election Scene Setter

Blogs / November 11, 2021
This is the fourth of a series of pieces we have published on societies and elections at risk from online disinformation. The politically-fueled disinformation engine in Brazil puts the country in...
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The first issue of the Journal of Online Trust and Safety

News / October 28, 2021
The journal of Online Trust and Safety published its inaugural issue on Thursday, October 28.
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Why Encryption and Online Safety Go Hand-in-Hand

Blogs / October 21, 2021
Riana Pfefferkorn is a research scholar at the Stanford Internet Observatory and a member of the Global Encryption Coalition. This first appeared in Brookings TECH STREAM.
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Don’t Celebrate Microsoft for Pulling LinkedIn Out of China Just Yet

Commentary / October 15, 2021
From Graham Webster in Slate
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The Problem With Freedom: It Ain't Free | The Problem With Jon Stewart Podcast

Commentary / October 13, 2021
Alex Stamos talks with Jon Stewart on the vulnerabilities of our democracy and the role of social media.
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Facebook’s data is a sociological gold mine. Outside scholars need access.

Commentary / October 5, 2021
The social media company shouldn’t be able to hide information about whether and how it harms users (from the Washington Post)
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Internet Free Speech with Daphne Keller

Commentary / September 27, 2021
Following the election of another Liberal Government, free speech and censorship will soon be back on the table. On this week’s No Nonsense, Tech Law Expert Daphne Keller on the problems of...
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The Sunday Show: The Bad News on Internet Freedom

Commentary / September 26, 2021
Tech Policy Press Podcast with contributions from Daphne Keller
Combating Information Manipulation

Playbook shares best practices to combat information manipulation

News / September 17, 2021
The playbook will be launched on Monday 20 September at 9:30am ET.
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Program on Democracy and the Internet Launches New Content Policy & Society Lab (CPSL)

News / September 8, 2021
The new project identifies solutions to the main challenges of moderating content online while respecting fundamental human rights.
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America’s Anti-Hacking Laws Pose a Risk to National Security

Commentary / September 8, 2021
A new piece in Brookings by Riana Pfefferkorn looks at anti-hacking laws
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How Stanford Scholars Are Teaching the Next Generation About 9/11

News / September 8, 2021
On the 20th anniversary of 9/11, four Stanford scholars and leading experts in national security, terrorism and contemporary conflict – Condoleezza Rice, Amy Zegart, Martha Crenshaw and Lisa Blaydes...
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Five Big Problems with Canada’s Proposed Regulatory Framework for “Harmful Online Content”

Commentary / August 31, 2021
Article from Tech Policy Press by Daphne Keller
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Data and Knowledge Must be Protected Against Cyber Attack

News / August 25, 2021
In a new piece in the Financial Times, Marietje Schaake argues that protection for critical infrastructure is too often awarded using outdated criteria
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The National Science Foundation Awards 3M to Collaborative UW and Stanford Team

News / August 17, 2021
A new grant aims to support a collaborative team of both Stanford and University of Washington researchers, as they explore new areas of study in the mis- and disinformation field.
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Topologies and Tribulations of Gettr

Blogs / August 12, 2021
A month in the life of a new alt-network