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Obama calls for regulation to combat online disinformation, in keynote at the Cyber Policy Center

The event featured researchers, scholars and experts in industry for an all day event including a keynote by President Barack Obama. The event was co-hosted by The Obama Foundation and the Cyber Policy Center.

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Nate Persily testifying for the Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law

Nate Persily and Daphne Keller Give Testimony on Platform Regulation

News / May 5, 2022
"We cannot live in a world where Facebook and Google know everything about us and we know next to nothing about them." – Nate Persily
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President Barack Obama at the “Challenges to Democracy in the Digital Information Realm" conference.

Barack Obama Addresses the Intersection of Online Disinformation, Regulation and Democracy at Stanford Event

News / May 3, 2022
At a conference hosted by the Cyber Policy Center and Obama Foundation, former U.S. President Barack Obama delivered the keynote address about how information is created and consumed, and the threat that disinformation poses to democracy.
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Panelists at Obama Event Discuss Threats to Democracy in Digital Realm

News / April 26, 2022
During three panel discussions at the Cyber Policy Center, speakers discussed the challenges and potential solutions to disinformation and its often negative impact to democracy.
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News Roundup from the Cyber Policy Center | March 2022

News / April 7, 2022
News, highlights, publications, events and opportunities from our programs and scholars
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Announcing the First Annual Trust and Safety Research Conference, September 29-30, 2022

News / March 28, 2022
The Stanford Internet Observatory and the Trust and Safety Foundation will host a two-day conference focusing on cutting-edge research in trust and safety for those in academia, industry, civil society, and government.
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Automated Content Moderation: A Primer

News / March 19, 2022
A primer on the predictive models used for automated content moderation, known as classifiers.
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State Media, Social Media, and the Conflict in Ukraine: What Should the Platforms Do?

News / March 10, 2022
On March 4th, Cyber Policy Center experts and experts in industry gathered to discuss the propaganda battles related to the conflict already in full force.
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News Roundup from the Cyber Policy Center | February 2022

News / March 3, 2022
News, highlights, publications, events and opportunities from our programs and scholars
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Seven tips for spotting disinformation related to the Russia-Ukraine conflict

News / March 3, 2022
Shelby Grossman shares what she and her team watch for when analyzing social media posts and other online reports related to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. (Appeared first in Stanford News)
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The Second Issue of the Journal of Online Trust and Safety

Blogs / March 1, 2022
The Journal of Online Trust and Safety published its second issue on Tuesday, March 1.
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The cover image of the Virality Project Report. An illustration shows a wave of phones and computers turning red as they share misleading information.

New Report Provides Inside Look and Lessons from Monitoring COVID-19 Anti-Vaccine Narratives

News / February 24, 2022
The Virality Project final report finds recycled anti-vaccine narratives and viral content driven by recurring actors.
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Full-Spectrum Pro-Kremlin Online Propaganda about Ukraine

Blogs / February 22, 2022
Narratives from overt propaganda, unattributed Telegram channels, and inauthentic social media accounts
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Final Projects from the Stanford Internet Observatory's Online Open Source Investigation Course

Blogs / February 8, 2022
Research on inauthentic behavior on TikTok, misinformation on Stanford's campus, Telegram activity in Belarus, health insurance scams that run advertisements on Google, and QAnon content on Tumblr.
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The Consulate General of France and CPSL Convene for Content Moderation Seminar

News / February 8, 2022
In February the Consulate General of France, and the Content Policy & Society Lab convened a seminar to discuss online content moderation and the ways forward in 2022
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News Roundup from the Cyber Policy Center | January 2022

News / February 3, 2022
News, highlights, publications, events and opportunities from our programs and scholars
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Committee on Homeland Security Hosts Stanford Internet Observatory Experts for Securing Democracy Hearing

News / January 25, 2022
The Stanford Internet Observatory's Matt Masterson and Alex Stamos spoke at a virtual hearing on the importance of policy work in order to secure American elections.
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An illustration of the experience of using a poorly coded website with a screen reader. The illustration shows three mockups of a smartphone screen with each selectable choice saying only "button". Behind the buttons is a blurred image of a computer.

Accessibility for Trust and Safety Flows

Blogs / January 20, 2022
How well do platform reporting flows and context labels work with screen readers for the visually impaired?
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The Platform Transparency and Accountability Act: New legislation addresses platform data secrecy

News / December 9, 2021
New legislation, informed by testimony from Nathaniel Persily, Stanford Law professor and Co-director of the Cyber Policy Center, aims to address the concerning disparity between what platforms know about us, and what we know about them.
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Stanford’s Program on Democracy and the Internet Launches New Initiative on Digital Technologies in Emerging Countries

News / December 6, 2021
The project will shed light on the impact of technological disruptions on emerging economies to assess and present regulatory solutions.
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Call for Papers | Digital Technologies in Emerging Countries: Impacts and Responses

News / December 6, 2021
The Program on Democracy and the Internet (PDI) at Stanford’s Cyber Policy Center is soliciting papers for a new initiative called “Digital Technologies in Emerging Countries: Impacts and Responses” (DTEC).
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In Bed with Embeds: How a Network Tied to IRA Operations Created Fake “Man on the Street” Content Embedded in News Articles

Blogs / December 2, 2021
In this post and in the attached report, we investigate IRA operations
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Analysis of Twitter Takedowns Linked to Venezuela, Mexico, Tanzania, and China

Blogs / December 2, 2021
In this post and in the attached reports, we investigate four newly suspended Twitter operations.
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James X. Dempsey of GTG Publishes New Book on Cybersecurity

News / November 17, 2021
Almost as swiftly as cybersecurity has emerged as a major corporate and public policy concern, a body of cybersecurity law has developed. This body of law is not systematic. Like all things digital, it is rapidly evolving. Dempsey's new book aims to give a coherent summary of this incoherent body of law.
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Aspen Digital's Commission on Information Disorder Releases Their Final Report

News / November 17, 2021
The report is the culmination of work by Aspen Digita's Commission on Information Disorder, with guidance from Stanford Cyber's Renee DiResta, Alex Stamos, Daphne Keller, Nate Persily and Herb Lin, and provides a framework for action with 15 recommendations to build trust & reduce harm.
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Brazil Election Scene Setter

Blogs / November 11, 2021
This is the fourth of a series of pieces we have published on societies and elections at risk from online disinformation. The politically-fueled disinformation engine in Brazil puts the country in the midst of an information crisis leading up to its 2022 presidential election.
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