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The Cyber Policy Center regularly shares research and recommendations through the publication of white papers, journal articles and more.

The Virus and the Vote: Administering the 2020 Election in a Pandemic

The final report of the findings of the Healthy Elections Project, a joint effort between Stanford and MIT and led by Nathaniel Persily and Charles Stewart III.

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White Papers

Combating Information Manipulation: A Playbook for Elections and Beyond

Daniel Arnaudo, Samantha Bradshaw, Hui Hui Ooi, Kaleigh Schwalbe, Vera Zakem, Amanda Zink
2021
A new playbook from the International Republican Institute (IRI), the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and the Stanford Internet Observatory (SIO) aims to help identify, respond to, and build long-term resilience to election-related information manipulation, attacks on information integrity and threats to delegitimize elections globally.
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Journal Articles

Content-Oblivious Trust and Safety Techniques: Results from a Survey of Online Service Providers

Riana Pfefferkorn
SSRN , 2021
A new publication from Riana Pfefferkorn of the Stanford Internet Observatory
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Journal Articles

Data Collection: Lessons of Cost-Benefit Analysis, Skepticism, and Legal Transparency

James X. Dempsey
JNSLP , 2021
An article in the Journal of National Security Law and Policy (JNSLP) from James X. Dempsey of the Program on Geopolitics, Technology and Governance.
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Journal Articles

Middle East Influence Operations: Observations Across Social Media Takedowns

Renee DiResta, Shelby Grossman, Josh A. Goldstein
Middle East Political Science , 2021
Researchers Shelby Grossman, Renee DiResta and Josh A. Goldstein examine Middle East influence operations across social media, including how regimes incorporated social media activities into their own domestic and foreign policy toolkits. The full paper can be found at the Project on Middle East Political Science website.
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Working Papers

On the Opportunities and Risks of Foundation Models

2021
A new publication from the Center for Research on Foundation Models (CRFM) at Stanford University, with contributions by Shelby Grossman and others from the Stanford Internet Observatory
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Conference Memos

POMEPS Studies 43: Digital Activism and Authoritarian Adaptation in the Middle East

Larry Diamond, Eileen Donahoe, Shelby Grossman, Renée DiResta, Josh A. Goldstein
2021
The Project on Middle East Political Science partnered with Stanford University’s Center for Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law and its Global Digital Policy Incubator for an innovative two week online seminar to explore the issues surrounding digital activism and authoritarianism. This workshop was built upon more than a decade of our collaboration on issues related to the internet and politics in the Middle East, beginning in 2011 with a series of workshops in the “Blogs and Bullets” project supported by the United States Institute for Peace and the PeaceTech Lab. This new collaboration brought together more than a dozen scholars and practitioners with deep experience in digital policy and activism, some focused on the Middle East and others offering a global and comparative perspective. POMEPS STUDIES 43 collects essays from that workshop, shaped by two weeks of public and private discussion.
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Commentary

Opinion: Global spyware such as Pegasus is a threat to democracy. Here’s how to stop it.

Marietje Schaake
2021
Opinion piece in the Washington Post, by David Kaye and Marietje Schaake
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White Papers

My Heart Loves the Army: An Investigation into a Jordanian Disinformation Campaign on Facebook, TikTok and Twitter (TAKEDOWN)

Shelby Grossman, Elena Cryst, Renee DiResta, Carly Miller, K.H., Rajeev Sharma, Chase Small, Julia Thompson
2021
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Journal Articles

The Future of Platform Power: Making Middleware Work

Daphne Keller
Johns Hopkins University Press , 2021
From the Journal of Democracy, Johns Hopkins University Press | Volume 32, Number 3, July 2021
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Working Papers

The Virus and the Vote: Administering the 2020 Election in a Pandemic

Nathaniel Persily, Charles Stewart III, Chelsey Davidson, Zahavah Levine
2021
A Compendium of Research from the Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
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Commentary

How to Protect Critical Infrastructure Fom Ransomware Attacks

Gregory Falco, Sejal Jhawer
2021
Op-ed in Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, by Gregory Falco and Sejal Jhawer
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Journal Articles

Amplification and Its Discontents

Daphne Keller
2021
Essay published by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University
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White Papers

One Face, Many Names: An Investigation into Fake NGOs and Media Outlets Linked to Harouna Douamba on and off Facebook (TAKEDOWN)

Lindsay Hundley, Renee DiResta, Josh A. Goldstein, Shelby Grossman, Cooper Reed, Adriana Stephan, Julia Thompson
2021
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White Papers

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

Task Force on US Strategy to Support Democracy and Counter Authoritarianism
2021
Report of the Task Force on US Strategy to Support Democracy and Counter Authoritarianism
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Journal Articles

Making the Internet Safe for Democracy

Francis Fukuyama
2021
Journal of Democracy from Volume 32, Number 2, April 2021 | Johns Hopkins University Press
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White Papers

Self-harm Policies and Internet Platforms

Shelby Perkins, Elena Cryst, Shelby Grossman
2021
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Books

The Long Fuse: Misinformation and the 2020 Election

Stanford Internet Observatory, Samantha Bradshaw, Daniel Bush, Elena Cryst, Renee DiResta, Isabella Garcia-Camargo, Josh A. Goldstein, Shelby Grossman, Carly Miller, Shelby Perkins, Alex Stamos, David Thiel, Alex Zaheer, Matt Masterson
2021

On January 6, 2021, an armed mob stormed the US Capitol to prevent the certification of what they claimed was a “fraudulent election.” Many Americans were shocked, but they needn’t have been. The January 6 insurrection was the culmination of months of online mis- and disinformation directed toward eroding American faith in the 2020 election.

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White Papers

Contours and Controversies of Parler

David Thiel, Renee DiResta, Shelby Grossman, Elena Cryst
2021
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