Cyber Policy Center Online Seminars 2020-2021

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Events at the Cyber Policy Center

The Cyber Policy Center brings experts together from around the world to discuss emerging research in the areas of technology, governance and public policy.
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DECEMBER 6 | How Strong Are International Standards in Practice? Evidence from Cryptocurrency Transactions

The rise of cryptocurrency (decentralized digital currency) presents challenges for state regulators given its connection to illegal activity and pseudonymous nature, which has allowed both individuals and businesses to circumvent national laws.

FALL EVENTS

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FALL SEMINAR SERIES LINEUP

This quarter, we feature a variety of speakers who will discuss work and research the intersection of free speech, democracy, security, and digital communication technologies. Our speakers include those who focus on policy to others who concentrate on empirical work around cyber issues. There will be both in person and virtual zoom options and can register for all events in the series or single events.

NOVEMBER 8 | European Developments in Internet Regulation: The Effects of Algorithmic vs. Community Label on Perceived Accuracy of Hyper-partisan Misinformation

Moderator Daphne Keller, in conversation with Aleksandra Kuczerawy for European Developments in Internet Regulation.
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OCTOBER 13 | Meme Wars

Joan Donovan and Emily Dreyfuss discuss their book Meme Wars and how the “redpill right” weaponizes memes, pushing conspiracy theories and disinformation into the mainstream to drag people down the rabbit hole. These meme wars stir strong emotions, deepen partisanship, and get people off their keyboards and into the streets--and the steps of the US Capitol.

EVENT RECORDINGS

For a full catalogue of our event recordings from Cyber Policy Center, visit our YouTube Channel

NOVEMBER 8 | European Developments in Internet Regulation

Moderator Daphne Keller, in conversation with Aleksandra Kuczerawy for European Developments in Internet Regulation.

OCTOBER 11 | The Microeconomics of Disinformation

How might microeconomic principles help us understand how disinformation campaigns are actually organized, and the kinds of tactics they are likely to deploy going into the future

The Microeconomics of Disinformation

The Microeconomics of Disinformation

OCTOBER 4 | Echo Chambers, Rabbit Holes, and Algorithmic Bias: How YouTube Recommends Content to Real Users

With Josh Tucker of NYU in conversation with Nate Persily. To what extent does the YouTube recommendation algorithm push users into echo chambers, ideologically biased content, or rabbit holes? Despite growing popular concern, recent work suggests that the recommendation algorithm is not pushing users into these echo chambers. However, existing research relies heavily on the use of anonymous data collection that does not account for the personalized nature of the recommendation algorithm. 

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Echo Chambers, Rabbit Holes, and Algorithmic Bias: How YouTube Recommends Content to Real Users

SEPTEMBER 27 | Platform Policies for the 2022 Election

Nate Persily, in conversation with Katie Harbath, CEO of Anchor Change and former Facebook Public Policy Director, for a look at the announcement by the major tech companies of their plans to protect the integrity of the 2022 midterms. During this talk, we'll dive into what it is that they are doing and ask the question on top of everyone's minds, "Is it enough?"

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Fall Seminar Series | Platform Policies for the 2022 Election

JUNE 7 | Enhancing the FTC's Consumer Protection Authority to Regulate Social Media Companies

Featuring Susan Ness and Paul Barrett, moderated by Julie Owono

Enhancing the FTC's Consumer Protection Authority to Regulate Social Media Companies

Enhancing the FTC's Consumer Protection Authority to Regulate Social Media Companies

MAY 31 | A Former South African Politician’s Effort to Combat Misinformation in Elections

Former South African MP Phumzile Van Damme, who launched a project to tackle the spread of misinformation on social media platforms before and during the local government elections in November 2021, talkins with Julie Owono on methodology used, and results observed. The webinar will also discuss the challenges faced in ensuring that South African users and citizens have access to reliable information.

A Former South African Politician’s Effort to Combat Misinformation in Elections

A Former South African Politician’s Effort to Combat Misinformation in Elections

MAY 24 | Bridging the Cybersecurity Data Gap with Privacy Protected Data Sharing

Taylor Reynolds of MIT’s Internet Policy Research Initiative, Megan Stifel of the Institute for Security and Technology, and Klara JordanChief Public Policy Officer of the Cyber Peace Institute, in conversation with Kelly Born of the Hewlett Foundation.

Bridging the Cybersecurity Data Gap with Privacy Protected Data Sharing

Bridging the Cybersecurity Data Gap with Privacy Protected Data Sharing

MAY 17 | Exposure to Untrustworthy Websites in the 2020 US Election

Featuring Jeff Hancock, Ross Dahlke & Ryan Moore of the Social Media Lab.

Exposure to Untrustworthy Websites in the 2020 US Election

Exposure to Untrustworthy Websites in the 2020 US Election

MAY 10 | Big Speech

Featuring Kate Klonick of St. John’s University Law School, in conversation with Nate Persily of the Cyber Policy Center. 

Big Speech

Big Speech

MAY 3 | Semiconductors, Supply Chains and Industrial Policy

A webinar on Semiconductors, Supply Chains and Industrial Policy featuring Annet Aris of ASML, Sarah V. Stewart of Silverado Policy Accelerator, Eva Maydell of the European Parliament, and Kim Jørgensen of the European Commission,  with Marietje Schaake of the Cyber Policy Center as moderator.

Semiconductors, Supply Chains and Industrial Policy

Semiconductors, Supply Chains and Industrial Policy

APRIL 26 | Bug Bounties & Bridge-Building: Lessons from Cybersecurity Vulnerability Disclosure for Addressing Socio-Technical Harms

A conversation on the nascent adoption of ‘bug bounties,’ a popular bug-for-reward-style audit mechanism in the cybersecurity domain, (and related approaches, such as VDPs and pentesting) to the discovery of various social-technical harms, including those inflicted through algorithmic (or “AI”) systems. 

Bug Bounties & Bridge-Building: Lessons from Cybersecurity Vulnerability Disclosure for Addressing Socio-Technical Harms

Bug Bounties & Bridge-Building: Lessons from Cybersecurity Vulnerability Disclosure for Addressing Socio-Technical Harms

APRIL 19 | The Loop: How Technology is Creating a World Without Choices and How to Fight Back

AI is about to do to our ability to make decisions for ourselves what Google maps did to our ability to navigate. Drawing on interviews with over 100 scientists and 10-years of front-line reporting from the cutting edge of behavior-shaping technology, Jacob Ward's new book, The Loop: How Technology is Creating a World Without Choices is a warning about our growing reliance on AI, and an encouragement to protect the best parts of being human.

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The Loop: How Technology is Creating a World without Choices and How to Fight Back

APRIL 12 | Internet Freedom Under Threat - The Divergent Paths of Taiwan and Hong Kong

Jason Hsu and Charles Mok in conversation with Larry Diamond, on how Taiwan and Hong Kong face increasing threats of online misinformation and cybersecurity risks, but the freedoms of the Internet for their citizens appear to be heading in opposite directions.

Internet Freedom Under Threat - The Divergent Paths of Taiwan and Hong Kong

Internet Freedom Under Threat - The Divergent Paths of Taiwan and Hong Kong

APRIL 7 | Cybersecurity Law: A View from the Front Lines

Jim Dempsey of the Program on Geopolitics, Technology and Governance at the CPC, along with Alicia Lowery Rosenbaum, Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Cybersecurity Technology and Trust at Salesforce and Travis LeBlanc, the vice chair of the cyber/data/privacy practice at Cooley and a Senate-confirmed member of the U.S. Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. 

Cybersecurity Law: A View from the Front Lines

Cybersecurity Law: A View from the Front Lines

MARCH 15 | Global Perspectives on Crypto-Asset Regulation

Aman Nair of India’s Centre for Internet and Society and Valerie Shen of Third Way, in conversation with Kelly Born of the Hewlett Foundation, discuss the use cases and limitations of crypto-assets, compare relevant regulatory regimes from around the world, discuss the debate over the proper legal and regulatory framework for crypto-enabled crime, and explore how to govern crypto-assets while supporting widespread financial stability.

Global Perspectives on Crypto-Asset Regulation

Global Perspectives on Crypto-Asset Regulation