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.

Other Publications

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.

News

Virality Project (US): Marketing meets Misinformation

May 2020

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

Coronavirus Conspiracy Claims: What’s Behind a Chinese Diplomat’s COVID-19 Misdirection

March 2020

As scientists continue to study how the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in Wuhan, China, and around the world, the infection’s early pathways have proven fertile ground for speculation and conspiracy...

Blurring the lines of media authenticity: Prigozhin-linked group funding Libyan broadcast media

March 2020

The Stanford Internet Observatory has been investigating new facets to the manipulation of the local media environment in Libya: Russian actors who are known to have previously created and...

Events

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

Alex Stamos Director, Stanford Internet Observatory
Maciej Kurzynski Graduate Research Assistant, Stanford Internet Observatory, PhD Candidate, Chinese