Security

Security

FSI scholars produce research aimed at creating a safer world and examing the consequences of security policies on institutions and society. They look at longstanding issues including nuclear nonproliferation and the conflicts between countries like North and South Korea. But their research also examines new and emerging areas that transcend traditional borders – the drug war in Mexico and expanding terrorism networks. FSI researchers look at the changing methods of warfare with a focus on biosecurity and nuclear risk. They tackle cybersecurity with an eye toward privacy concerns and explore the implications of new actors like hackers.

Along with the changing face of conflict, terrorism and crime, FSI researchers study food security. They tackle the global problems of hunger, poverty and environmental degradation by generating knowledge and policy-relevant solutions. 

Other Publications

Blame it on Iran, Qatar, and Turkey: An analysis of a Twitter and Facebook operation linked to Egypt, the UAE, and Saudi Arabia

April 2020

DOWNLOAD REPORTIn December 2019, the Stanford Internet Observatory alerted Twitter to anoma- lous behavior in the hashtag السراج خائن ليبيا (“Sarraj the traitor of Libya”); Fayez al-Sarraj is...

Potemkin Pages & Personas: Assessing GRU Online Operations, 2014-2019

November 2019

DOWNLOAD WHITE PAPERUpon request by the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI), researchers reviewed a data set of social media posts that Facebook provided to SSCI.

Evidence of Russia-Linked Influence Operations in Africa

October 2019

Russia’s global strategy for reasserting itself as a geopolitical superpower has led to an increased presence in Africa, where it has broadened efforts to shape the continent’s politics and pursue...

News

Virality Project (US): Marketing meets Misinformation

May 2020

Plandemic was one step in a larger process to raise the profile of its subject.

Analysis of April 2020 Twitter takedowns linked to Saudia Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, Honduras, Serbia, and Indonesia

April 2020

On March 11, 2020 Twitter shared with the Stanford Internet Observatory accounts and tweets associated with five distinct takedowns.

Analyzing a Twitter Takedown Originating in Saudi Arabia

December 2019

On December 20, 2019 Twitter announced the removal of 88,000 accounts managed by Smaat, a digital marketing company based in Saudi Arabia, and attributed thousands of these accounts to involvement...

Events

Roundtable with Christopher Krebs, Director, CISA

December 2, 2019

Stanford Internet Observatory is proud to host Christopher C.

Safety, Privacy and Internet Policy in Europe

November 22, 2019

This third workshop of the Stanford Internet Observatory's End-to-End Encryption series will be hosted at the European Parliament on policy tradeoffs around E2EE. More details to come.

Mitigating Abuse in an End-to-End World

November 21, 2019

This second workshop of the Stanford Internet Observatory's End-to-End Encryption series will focus on potential technical options to balance safety, privacy and security on E2EE networks outside...

People

Daniel Bush Postdoctoral Scholar, Stanford Internet Observatory
Vanessa Molter Graduate Research Assistant, Stanford Internet Observatory
Alex Zaheer Headshot Alex Zaheer Graduate Research Assistant Technical Research Assistant
Carly Miller Carly Miller Social Science Research Professional, Stanford Internet Observatory
Renee DiResta Research Manager, Stanford Internet Observatory
David Thiel Chief Technical Officer, Stanford Internet Observatory Chief Technical Officer, Stanford Internet Observatory