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A green wireframe model covers an actor’s lower face during the creation of a synthetic facial reanimation video, known as a deepfake, in London, Britain, February 12, 2019. Reuters TV via REUTERS

The Threat Posed by Deepfakes to Marginalized Communities

Blogs / April 21, 2021
When we’re faced with a video recording of an event—such as an incident of police brutality—we can generally trust that the event happened as shown in the video. But that may soon change, thanks to...

Sizing Up Self-Harm Policies

Blogs / April 8, 2021
The Stanford Internet Observatory’s latest report compares online platforms’ policies on self-harm content.
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Some Humility About Transparency

Blogs / March 24, 2021
In a new blog post, Daphne Keller, Director of the Program on Platform Regulation at the Cyber Policy Center, looks at the need for transparency when it comes to content moderation and asks, what...
A member of the All India Student Federation teaches farmers about social media and how to use such tools as part of ongoing protests against the government. (Pradeep Gaur / SOPA Images / Sipa via Reuters Connect)

New Intermediary Rules Jeopardize the Security of Indian Internet Users

Blogs / March 3, 2021
India' information technology ministry recently finalized a set of rules that the government argues will make online service providers more accountable for their users’ bad behavior...
Cover of the EIP report "The Long Fuse: Misinformation and the 2020 Election"

Election Integrity Partnership Releases Final Report on Mis- and Disinformation in 2020 U.S. Election

News / March 2, 2021
Researchers from Stanford University, the University of Washington, Graphika and Atlantic Council’s DFRLab released their findings in ‘The Long Fuse: Misinformation and the 2020 Election.’
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Analysis of February 2021 Twitter Takedowns

Blogs / February 23, 2021
In this post and in the attached reports we investigate a Twitter network attributed to actors in Armenia, Iran, and Russia.
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Blogs / February 12, 2021
语音社交App “Clubhouse”,在中文听众中爆红。斯坦福大学网络观测平台(SIO)调查了这个App的数据是否保护它的用户数据,以及用户数据为何需要被保护。
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Clubhouse in China: Is the data safe?

Blogs / February 12, 2021
The audio chat app “Clubhouse” went viral among Chinese-speaking audiences. Stanford Internet Observatory examines whether user data was protected, and why that matters.
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Staying Current

Blogs / February 9, 2021
An Investigation Into a Suspended Facebook Network Supporting the Leader of the Palestinian Democratic Reform Current
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E2EE Workshop Series: Call for Papers and Participants

News / February 3, 2021
Balancing Trust and Safety in an Encrypted World: A workshop series from the Stanford Internet Observatory
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Parler's First 13 Million Users

Blogs / January 28, 2021
As Parler gained millions of users - and plenty of notoriety - in recent months, understanding the dynamics of the platform has become an increasing priority. A report by the Stanford Internet...
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Q&A with Riana Pfefferkorn, Stanford Internet Observatory Research Scholar

News / January 21, 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...
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Heal the Transatlantic Technology Policy Rift to Combat China's Digital Authoritarian Model

Commentary / January 20, 2021
Our EU partners must resist the impulse to digital sovereignty.
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Top Technology Policy Priorities for the New Administration

Commentary / January 19, 2021
Now is the time to rally the world around a democratic vision of digital society.
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How to Investigate Wikipedia: Our Process

Blogs / January 14, 2021
Wikipedia celebrates its 20th anniversary this month. This blog post, the second of two, looks at how open source investigators can conduct research on Wikipedia.
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Inauthentic Editing: Changing Wikipedia to Win Elections and Influence People

Blogs / January 7, 2021
Wikipedia celebrates its 20th anniversary this month. This is the first of two blog posts exploring the use, misuse, and ultimate resilience of this open, community-edited platform.
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Online Consent Moderation

Blogs / December 18, 2020
New Approaches to Preventing Proliferation of Non-Consensual Intimate Images
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Stoking Conflict by Keystroke

Blogs / December 15, 2020
New Facebook takedowns expose networks of Russian-linked assets targeting Libya, Sudan, Syria, and the Central African Republic.
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Slanted Narratives, Social Media, and Foreign Influence in Libya

Blogs / November 10, 2020
New working paper assesses the role of foreign influence in Libyan social media
Mostly right-wing protesters, including a young woman wearing a QAnon shirt, in Berlin

Society Needs to Adapt to a World of Widespread Disinformation

News / October 28, 2020
Renée DiResta is leading the fight against online disinformation. On the World Class Podcast, she describes what it’s like to expose malign actors in the emerging world of ceaseless propaganda and...
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Q&A with Graham Webster of the Program on Geopolitics, Technology, and Governance

Q&As / October 27, 2020
Webster explains how DigiChina makes Chinese tech policy accessible for English speakers
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The Threat of Foreign Influence Operations

Blogs / October 23, 2020
A new SIO-Lawfare debate series argues the questions: What is the impact of foreign influence operations targeting the United States? Is public conversation commensurate with the threat level?
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How to Ensure a Free and Fair Election During a Pandemic

News / October 14, 2020
On the World Class Podcast, Nathaniel Persily weighs in on the risk of voter fraud, questions about mail-in ballots, and his work with the Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project.