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


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...

Other Publications

An Investigation into a Female-Focused Online Campaign in Iran and Afghanistan targeting Afghans

November 2020


#ZakzakyLifeMatters: An Investigation into a Facebook Operation Linked to the Islamic Movement in Nigeria

October 2020



Q&A with Riana Pfefferkorn, Stanford Internet Observatory Research Scholar

January 2021

Riana Pfefferkorn joined the Stanford Internet Observatory as a research scholar in December. She comes from Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society, where she was the Associate Director of...


Election Integrity Partnership – Civil Society Webinar

August 10, 2020

Join the Election Integrity Partnership for a 1-hour webinar to share and discuss ways in which civil society organizations can engage in the partnership.   REGISTER

Fighting Election-Related Disinformation with the Election Integrity Partnership

July 30, 2020

     Join speakers from the newly formed Election Integrity Partnership, on Wednesday August 12th at 10 a.m.

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...


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 Graduate Research Assistant, Stanford Internet Observatory, Project Manager, Election Integrity Partnership