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Technology Policy Priorities for the New Administration: Rally the world around a democratic vision of digital society

The incoming Biden-Harris administration will face many urgent and competing priorities as it seeks to signal a distinct shift from the Trump presidency. In the technology policy realm alone, there are many challenges to confront. Chief among them is the urgent need to solidify international support for a values-based vision of “the internet” and a compelling democratic approach to governance of digital society.
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A Rights Respecting Digital Policy Agenda for the New Administration

In the months leading up to the U.S. presidential election, the Global Digital Policy Incubator undertook a discovery project to illuminate potential opportunities in the new administration to advance a rights-respecting digital policy agenda. This project was motivated principally by awareness that the rights community is often underrepresented within formal government planning processes.
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A Transatlantic Effort to Take on China Starts with Technology

Technology is the epicenter of geopolitics. To keep their competitive edge, democracies must develop a shared strategic approach that reflects values of openness, drives innovation, and establishes a framework for digital governance. The transatlantic alliance should be the driver of such a 21st-century democratic digital agenda. This discussion will follow the launch of “A Transatlantic Effort to Take on China Starts with Technology”, a joint paper by Alina Polyakova and Ambassador Eileen Donahoe.

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Heal the Transatlantic Technology Policy Rift to Combat China's Digital Authoritarian Model

Eileen Donahoe, Executive Director of the Global Digital Policy Incubator (GDPi), and Alina Polyakova, President and CEO of the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA), make the case for a Transatlantic effort and call on EU partners to resist the impulse to digital sovereignty.
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National AI Strategies and Human Rights: A Review

Global Partners Digital and Stanford’s Global Digital Policy Incubator have published a report examining governments’ National AI Strategies from a human rights perspective. The report looks at existing strategies adopted by governments and regional organizations since 2017. It assesses the extent to which human rights considerations have been incorporated and makes a series of recommendations to policymakers looking to develop or revise AI strategies in the future
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Conference Report: Social Media Councils, from Concept to Reality

On February 1-2, 2019, Stanford’s Global Digital Policy Incubator (GDPi) , ARTICLE 19, and David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression, convened an international working meeting to discuss a solution to address the challenges posed by online content moderation: the creation of multistakeholder, social media councils (SMCs). “Social Media Councils: From Concept to Reality," explores the outcomes of this meeting and discusses the next steps for social media councils.



Explore GPDi’s new policy snapshot examining opportunities for policymakers to incorporate human rights principles into National AI Strategies. This is part of a new series of policy explainers providing human rights analysis of important digital policy issues.


Every two weeks, our team at GDPi will provide you with an overview of some of the key recent developments in the digital policy and human rights space, plus context and analysis to help you better understand the events of the day.

The Rise of Digital Authoritarianism Conference: China, AI and Human Rights

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Fall 2020 - Stanford University’s Global Digital Policy Incubator, the Hoover Institution, the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence, and the Human Rights Foundation jointly produced a four-day conference to understand the following questions: the extent to which artificial intelligence (AI) is used inside China today; how the Chinese government and big tech are shaping the global market; how surveillance technology is exported around the world; and what can be done to meet this rising challenge; and ultimately, what are the ethical responsibilities inherent in developing these technologies? View the conference program and watch the video recordings below.


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Day 1 | How AI is Powering China’s Domestic Surveillance State - September 29, 2020

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Day 2 | The Ethics of Doing Business with China and Chinese Companies - October 1, 2020

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Day 3 | China as an Emerging AI Global Superpower - October 6, 2020

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Day 4 | How Democracies Should Respond to China’s Emergence as an AI Superpower - October 9, 2020

GDPI: What we do

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Identify and incubate high potential digital policies and technologies.

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Generate implementation & advocacy strategies for security & rights enhancing governance.

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Convene global multi-stakeholder thought leaders & governance actors.


GDPi Launch Conference Report

Three Panels, Seventeen Panelists, over six hundred participants, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Read about the conference that Launched the Global Digital Policy Incubator on October 6, 2017.


Panel | Rebuilding Trust in Digital Information


Panel | What is Human-Centered Design of AI?


Panel | Trust and Human-Centered Technology

Video | Human-Centered AI 2018

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Welcoming Remarks| Eileen Donahoe & Amir Banifatemi


AI & Human Rights| A Conversation with Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein & Sam Altman

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Keynote| The Future of Human Work with AI | Tim O'Reilly