Society

Society

FSI researchers work to understand continuity and change in societies as they confront their problems and opportunities. This includes the implications of migration and human trafficking. What happens to a society when young girls exit the sex trade? How do groups moving between locations impact societies, economies, self-identity and citizenship? What are the ethnic challenges faced by an increasingly diverse European Union? From a policy perspective, scholars also work to investigate the consequences of security-related measures for society and its values.

The Europe Center reflects much of FSI’s agenda of investigating societies, serving as a forum for experts to research the cultures, religions and people of Europe. The Center sponsors several seminars and lectures, as well as visiting scholars.

Societal research also addresses issues of demography and aging, such as the social and economic challenges of providing health care for an aging population. How do older adults make decisions, and what societal tools need to be in place to ensure the resulting decisions are well-informed? FSI regularly brings in international scholars to look at these issues. They discuss how adults care for their older parents in rural China as well as the economic aspects of aging populations in China and India.

Scholarly Publications

Slanted Narratives, Social Media, and Foreign Influence in Libya

November 2020

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Pandemics & propaganda: how Chinese state media creates and propagates CCP coronavirus narratives

June 2020

To gain insight into how Chinese state media is communicating about the coronavirus pandemic to the outside world, we analyzed a collection of posts from their English-language presence on Facebook...

News

New Book From Shelby Grossman of Stanford Internet Observatory

June 2021

In The Politics of Order in Informal Markets: How the State Shapes Private Governance, Grossman explores findings that challenge the conventional wisdom that private good governance in developing...

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

May 2021

A Facebook takedown exposes a network of NGO and media entities linked to Harouna Douamba.

Events

Improving User Agency in E2EE Communication Services

October 19, 2021

People who use messaging services need to be able to exercise agency in how they communicate.

Reactions to New Proposals on End-to-End Encryption

June 25, 2021

  The Stanford Internet Observatory will host a panel of speakers presenting views on new products and services intended to protect children in encrypted spaces.

Confronting Health Misinformation: A Discussion with the Surgeon General on Building a Healthy Information Environment

June 25, 2021

* WATCH THE YOUTUBE LIVE STREAM *   Join the Stanford Internet Observatory for a conversation with US Surgeon General Vivek H.

People

rsd18 083 0009a Alex Stamos Director, Stanford Internet Observatory
photo kurzynski Maciej Kurzynski Graduate Research Assistant, Stanford Internet Observatory, PhD Candidate, Chinese
isabella garcia camargo headshot Isabella Garcia-Camargo Former Research Analyst, Stanford Internet Observatory