GTG Research

Research Initiatives

World class policy-driven scholarship is the cornerstone of the Program on Geopolitics, Technology, and Governance. We are engaged and interested in numerous research projects that are critical to advancing literature on cyber topics, bridging the divide between technical and policy experts, and advancing international security.

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Comparative Cybersecurity Policy

Projects on comparative international privacy, security, and safety policy, and on cybersecurity of critical infrastructure, IoT devices, and autonomous vehicles
U.S.-German Comparative Cybersecurity
  • U.S.-German Comparative Cybersecurity

U.S.-German Comparative Cybersecurity

Our working paper “The Cybersecurity Governance Triangle: Preliminary Findings and Recommendations,” considers which technologies are currently presenting the most critical challenges for cybersecurity governance, especially for safety, security, and privacy, as highlighted above. We recommend a renewed focus on risk management and governance of smart connected devices, and avenues for cooperation among domestic and international institutions. An integrated approach is the best path forward for policymaking at the intersection of technology and risk. We’ve found positive commonalities between the U.S. and Germany for leadership capacity in this domain. As both countries continue to navigate this intersection, they remain committed to democratic values, the rule of law, and competitive markets, making their joint leadership a potential action-forcing mechanism for the European Union and other nations to follow suit. The most vital sectors to begin with will be energy, healthcare, and transportation.

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Cyber Risk

Exploring risk management, liability, insurance and industry standards
A Research Agenda for Cyber Risk and Cyber Insurance
  • A Research Agenda for Cyber Risk and Cyber Insurance
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Digital Governance in China

The digital future requires enhanced understanding of Chinese doctrine in open source translation for research, analysis, and academic understanding.
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The DigiChina project is a collaborative effort to understand China’s digital policy developments, primarily through translating and analyzing Chinese-language sources. 
How the Chinese state and society deploy and use digital technologies is increasingly consequential for governance, markets, and security around the world. From laws and regulations to published commentaries from policymakers and corporate strategies, China’s public sphere provides a great deal of insight into what’s happening and why. DigiChina contributors, working collaboratively with industry and policy experts around the globe, work innovatively to bring that insight to an international audience and better inform important debates and decisions. The project is a collaboration with New America.


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Diplomacy in Cyberspace

Informing Track II dialogues on cyber issues, connecting public-private sector partners, and impacting international cooperation in cyberspace
Track II Dialogue on Cyber
  • Track II Dialogue on Cyber

Track II Dialogue on Cyber

As a step towards improving the cyber relationship between other nations, and the U.S., the Program on Geopolitics, Technology, and Governance seeks to build a sustainable and ongoing dialogue with international and regional partners, through an initial effort to conduct cooperative research on cybersecurity-related issues. This effort involves workshops, one held abroad and at Stanfrod. The workshops and potential publications will serve as proof of concept that a productive dialogue at the academic level is possible, and sustainable.

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Artificial Intelligence Policy

Seeking to advance public discourse on artificial intelligence, uses of deep fake technology and video spoofing, and preparedness for corporate and international governance