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AI Audit Challenge: $71,000 Innovation Challenge to Design Better AI Audits

Artificial intelligence (AI) systems are being deployed every day, yet we lack the necessary tools to independently analyze and audit them. This challenge is about designing and creating applied tools that can assess whether deployed AI systems exhibit bias or carry potential for discrimination. Entries can be submitted from July 11, 2022 to October 10, 2022. We are currently open for entries.

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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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Were Facebook and Twitter Consistent in Labeling Misleading Posts During the 2020 Election?

News / August 7, 2022
In an essay for Lawfare Blog, Samantha Bradshaw of American University and Shelby Grossman of the Stanford Internet Observatory explore whether two key platforms, Facebook and Twitter, were internally consistent in how they applied their labels during the 2020 presidential election.
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Mind Farce

Blogs / August 4, 2022
An Investigation into an Inauthentic Facebook and Instagram Network Linked to an Israeli Public Relations Firm
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Renée DiResta of SIO testifies before the Committee on House Administration Subcommittee on Elections

News / July 28, 2022
During a hearing titled “A Growing Threat: Foreign And Domestic Sources Of Disinformation," DiResta offered expert testimony on influence operations and the spread of narratives across social and media networks.
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Using ‘safety by design’ to address online harms

Blogs / July 26, 2022
A look at how user choice and transparency provide new ways of addressing content moderation and online safety policy.
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New report analyzes dynamics on alt-platform Gab

Blogs / June 1, 2022
Gab was founded in 2016 as an uncensored alternative to mainstream social media platforms. Stanford Internet Observatory’s latest report looks at behaviors and dynamics across the platform.
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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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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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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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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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