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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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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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The first issue of the Journal of Online Trust and Safety

News / October 28, 2021
The journal of Online Trust and Safety published its inaugural issue on Thursday, October 28.
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Why Encryption and Online Safety Go Hand-in-Hand

Blogs / October 21, 2021
Riana Pfefferkorn is a research scholar at the Stanford Internet Observatory and a member of the Global Encryption Coalition. This first appeared in Brookings TECH STREAM.
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Don’t Celebrate Microsoft for Pulling LinkedIn Out of China Just Yet

Commentary / October 15, 2021
From Graham Webster in Slate
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The Problem With Freedom: It Ain't Free | The Problem With Jon Stewart Podcast

Commentary / October 13, 2021
Alex Stamos talks with Jon Stewart on the vulnerabilities of our democracy and the role of social media.
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Frances Haugen 60 minutes interview

Facebook’s data is a sociological gold mine. Outside scholars need access.

Commentary / October 5, 2021
The social media company shouldn’t be able to hide information about whether and how it harms users (from the Washington Post)
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Internet Free Speech with Daphne Keller

Commentary / September 27, 2021
Following the election of another Liberal Government, free speech and censorship will soon be back on the table. On this week’s No Nonsense, Tech Law Expert Daphne Keller on the problems of regulating online content.
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The Sunday Show: The Bad News on Internet Freedom

Commentary / September 26, 2021
Tech Policy Press Podcast with contributions from Daphne Keller
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Combating Information Manipulation

Playbook shares best practices to combat information manipulation

News / September 17, 2021
The playbook will be launched on Monday 20 September at 9:30am ET.
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America’s Anti-Hacking Laws Pose a Risk to National Security

Commentary / September 8, 2021
A new piece in Brookings by Riana Pfefferkorn looks at anti-hacking laws
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How Stanford Scholars Are Teaching the Next Generation About 9/11

News / September 8, 2021
On the 20th anniversary of 9/11, four Stanford scholars and leading experts in national security, terrorism and contemporary conflict – Condoleezza Rice, Amy Zegart, Martha Crenshaw and Lisa Blaydes – reflect on how their teaching of the terrorist attacks has evolved.
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Program on Democracy and the Internet Launches New Content Policy & Society Lab (CPSL)

News / September 8, 2021
The new project identifies solutions to the main challenges of moderating content online while respecting fundamental human rights.
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Five Big Problems with Canada’s Proposed Regulatory Framework for “Harmful Online Content”

Commentary / August 31, 2021
Article from Tech Policy Press by Daphne Keller
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Data and Knowledge Must be Protected Against Cyber Attack

News / August 25, 2021
In a new piece in the Financial Times, Marietje Schaake argues that protection for critical infrastructure is too often awarded using outdated criteria
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The National Science Foundation Awards 3M to Collaborative UW and Stanford Team

News / August 17, 2021
A new grant aims to support a collaborative team of both Stanford and University of Washington researchers, as they explore new areas of study in the mis- and disinformation field.
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Topologies and Tribulations of Gettr

Blogs / August 12, 2021
A month in the life of a new alt-network
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Announcing the Journal of Online Trust and Safety

News / July 29, 2021
Stanford Internet Observatory launches a new open-access journal to feature cutting-edge research on online harm.
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James X. Dempsey Joins the Program on Geopolitics, Technology, and Governance

News / July 29, 2021
James joins as a Senior Advisor and will be partnering with Andrew Grotto, Director of GTG on a project focused on the concept of "reasonableness" in tort law and regulatory policy for digital risks, especially cybersecurity risks.
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Marietje Schaake Included in POLITICO’s Tech 28: Class of 2021

News / July 15, 2021
POLITICO’s annual ranking of the 28 power players behind Europe’s tech revolution includes the Cyber Policy Center's Marietje Schaake. "As EU and U.S. officials seek common ground in regulating the tech sector, Schaake is the voice to listen to on both sides of the Atlantic."
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Can Biden Do Anything to Stop Ransomware Attacks?

Q&As / July 12, 2021
Christopher Painter explains why the emerging pattern of ransomware attacks needs to be addressed at a political level – both domestically and internationally – and not be treated solely as a criminal issue.
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My Heart Loves the Army

Blogs / July 8, 2021
An Investigation into a Jordanian Disinformation Campaign on Facebook, TikTok and Twitter
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The Cyber Policy Center Turns Two

News / July 8, 2021
A look back at the launch of the CPC and the work of our programs
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The Virus and the Vote: Administering the 2020 Election in a Pandemic

News / July 1, 2021
A Compendium of Research from the Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
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New Book From Shelby Grossman of Stanford Internet Observatory

News / June 24, 2021
In The Politics of Order in Informal Markets: How the State Shapes Private Governance, Grossman explores findings that challenge the conventional wisdom that private good governance in developing countries thrives when the government keeps its hands off private group affairs.
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For Platform Regulation Congress Should Use a European Cheat Sheet

Commentary / June 15, 2021
Opinion piece from The Hill
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