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The Midterms Revealed the Real Challenges Facing Our Elections

Commentary / November 17, 2022
Large-scale voting fraud may be a chimera, but counting a rising number of ballots quickly will require investments in state and local election administration. Published in the Wall Street Journal.
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Elon puts rockets into space, he’s not afraid of the FTC

News / November 17, 2022
Moderated Content host Evelyn Douek discusses Twitter’s data security problems and what this says about privacy regulation more generally with Whitney Merrill, the Data Protection Officer and Privacy Counsel at Asana and long-time privacy lawyer including as an attorney at the FTC, and Riana Pfefferkorn, a Research Scholar at the Stanford Internet Observatory.
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The Stanford Internet Observatory Joins the Coalition for Independent Technology Research

News / November 15, 2022
SIO is now part of the new Coalition for Independent Technology Research to share independent, trustworthy research on digital technology and online harms.
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Why Elon Musk’s Twitter Purchase Is a National Security Concern

Commentary / November 9, 2022
Elon Musk’s Twitter deal reveals loopholes in U.S. national security oversight.
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The EU’s new Digital Services Act and the Rest of the World

Blogs / November 7, 2022
Daphne Keller of the Program on Platform Regulation writes about the European Union’s Digital Services Act (DSA), a major milestone in the history of platform regulation. Other governments are now asking themselves what the DSA’s passage means for them. The post briefly discusses that question, with a focus on platforms like Facebook or YouTube and their smaller would-be rivals. Published in Verfassungsblog.
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The FTC’s rapidly evolving standards for MFA

News / November 7, 2022
Published in the International Association of Privacy Professionals
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What Musk’s first week at Twitter tells us

Commentary / November 4, 2022
Marietje Schaake writes of Musk's first week and what we know about Twitter’s future. Published in the Financial Times.
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How Online Mobs Act Like Flocks Of Birds

Commentary / November 3, 2022
Renee DiResta of the Stanford Internet Observatory writes about the growing body of research suggesting human behavior on social media is strikingly similar to collective behavior in nature. Published in Noema Magazine.
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Techdirt Podcast Episode 336: The DSA Is A Mess, But Will Now Rule The Internet

News / November 1, 2022
Emma Llansó from the Center for Democracy & Technology and Daphne Keller from the Program on Platform Regulation are guests on the TechDirt podcast to talk about us the DSA and its many implications.
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The Cold Dose of Reality Awaiting Elon Musk

Commentary / November 1, 2022
Twitter’s new owner faces a difficult regulatory landscape around the world. Published in The Atlantic.
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The Next Chapter for Hong Kong’s digital repression: Total judicial cooperation

Commentary / October 20, 2022
Charles Mok is an internet entrepreneur and IT advocate. He was formerly a member of the Hong Kong Legislative Council and founded the Hong Kong chapter of the Internet Society. He is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Global Digital Policy Incubator at Stanford University. This article appeared in OPTF.
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My Heart Belongs to Kashmir

Blogs / September 21, 2022
An Analysis of a Pro-Indian Army Covert Influence Operation on Twitter
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Jennifer Pan joins the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies as a Senior Fellow working with the Center on China's Economy and Institutions

Jennifer Pan to Become FSI’s Newest Senior Fellow

News / September 1, 2022
Pan’s research focuses on political and authoritarian politics, including how preferences and behaviors are shaped by political censorship, propaganda, and information manipulation.
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Jennifer Pan joins the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies as a Senior Fellow working with the Center on China's Economy and Institutions

Jennifer Pan to Become FSI’s Newest Senior Fellow

News / September 1, 2022
Pan’s research focuses on political and authoritarian politics, including how preferences and behaviors are shaped by political censorship, propaganda, and information manipulation.
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Unheard Voice

Blogs / August 24, 2022
Stanford Internet Observatory collaborated with Graphika to analyze a large network of accounts removed from Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter in our latest report. This information operation likely originated in the United States and targeted a range of countries in the Middle East and Central Asia.
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Pro-Kremlin Twitter Network Takes Aim at Ukraine and COVID-19

Blogs / August 24, 2022
Twitter suspended a network of accounts that coordinated to promote narratives around the coronavirus pandemic, and to amplify a pro-Russian news site ahead of the invasion of Ukraine.
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Daphne Keller and ACLU File Comment to Meta Oversight Board in "UK Drill Music" Case

News / August 23, 2022
The Program on Platform Regulation's Daphne Keller worked with the ACLU to file this comment to the Meta Oversight Board's "UK Drill Music" case.
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Graham Webster Contributes Chapter to New Book on US-China Relations

News / August 23, 2022
Following the success of The China Questions, a new volume of insights from top China specialists explains key issues shaping today’s United States–China relationship. Graham Webster of the DigiChina Project authored "What Is at Stake in the US–China Technological Relationship?" for the book.
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How Unmoderated Platforms Became the Frontline for Russian Propaganda

News / August 17, 2022
In an essay for Lawfare Blog, Samantha Bradshaw, Renee DiResta and Christopher Giles look at how state war propaganda in Russia is increasingly prevalent on platforms that offer minimal-moderation virality as their value proposition.
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Meta Just Happens to Expand Messenger’s End-to-End Encryption

News / August 11, 2022
Riana Pfefferkorn of SIO spoke with Wired on Meta's expansion of end-to-end encryption in Messenger.
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Banning Content Platforms is Not a Solution to Hate Speech on the Internet, Even When the Platform is Meta

News / August 9, 2022
Julie Owono, Executive Director of the Content Policy & Society Lab (CPSL) and a fellow of the Program on Democracy and the Internet (PDI) at Stanford University, on the issue of banning platforms. Authored for Just Security.
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