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Kelly Born to Join Cyber Policy Center as Executive Director

News / September 3, 2019

The Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) is pleased to announce that Kelly Born has been named the first executive director of the Cyber Policy Center.

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Taiwan: Presidential Election 2020 Scene Setter

News / August 26, 2019

This is the first of a series of pieces we intend to publish on societies and elections at risk from online disinformation. Our goal is to draw the attention of the media, tech platforms and other academics to these risks and to provide a basic background that could be useful to those who wish to study the information environment in these areas.

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Stanford Internet Observatory Seeks to Detect Internet Abuse in Real Time

News / July 25, 2019

$5 million gift from Craig Newmark Philanthropies will support new program, led by computer security expert Alex Stamos

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As Calls for Regulation Mount, What’s Next for Tech Companies and the U.S. Government?

News / July 24, 2019

As the internet has increasingly been used to weaponize information, governments and technology companies have begun to grapple with new issues surrounding free expression and privacy.

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Talking Election Security in the Nation’s Capital

News / June 24, 2019

Is the 2020 presidential election vulnerable to the same kind of foreign interference that took place in 2016? For a group of scholars at the new Stanford Cyber Policy Center at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), the answer is undoubtedly “yes.”

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The 2020 Election is a Big Test for Democracies Worldwide

News / June 12, 2019

Did the Russian-affiliated groups that interfered with the 2016 U.S. presidential election want to be caught?

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'Securing American Elections' Report Offers a Policy Road Map

News / June 11, 2019

Despite the severity of the attack on the 2016 U.S. presidential election, there has been no bipartisan, independent commission to investigate what can be done to prevent election interference in the future — until now.

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Michael McFaul Testifies Before House Intelligence Committee

News / March 28, 2019

The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence held a public hearing on Thursday, March 28, 2019, as part of its investigation into Russian influence during and after the 2016 election campaign.

The hearing, "Putin’s Playbook: The Kremlin’s Use of Oligarchs, Money and Intelligence in 2016 and Beyond” included testimony by Michael McFaul, former U.S.

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Cyber Initiative grantees in the News, February 2019

News / March 6, 2019

Here is a selection of Cyber Initiative grantee and researcher publications and citations for February 2019:

1-30-2019:  Larry Diamond “Chinese Influence, American Interests” in The Diplomat. 

1-30-19:  Michelle Mello “Stanford’s Michelle Mello on Latest Measles Outbreak” in SLS Blogs.  

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Stanford Applied Cybersecurity Student Team Places First at CPTC Nationals

News / November 12, 2018
The Stanford student team, comprised of students in the Applied Cybersecurity student group and coached by Alex Keller of the School of Engineering, took 1st place again this year, successfully defending their National Championship title against stiff competition at the Collegiate Penetration Testing Competition (CPT
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Midterm Election Hacking Concerns

News / November 5, 2018

Voter registration systems provide an additional target for hackers intending to disrupt the US midterm elections; if voting machines themselves are too disperse or too obvious a target, removing voters from the rolls could have a similar effect. in Esquire, Jack Holmes explains that election security experts consider this one of many nightmare scenarios facing the American voting public—and thus, American democracy itself—on the eve of the 2018 midterm elections. (Allison Berke, Executive Director of the Stanford Cyber Initiative, quoted.)

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FSI scholars join high-level commission on democracy in the digital age

News / October 9, 2018

The Kofi Annan Foundation has tapped four Stanford scholars at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) to help advance one of its top priorities: to shed light on the rapidly-changing role of technology in elections around the world and to recommend ways of ensuring that digital tools strengthen—not undercut—democracy.

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Cybersecurity: Media Roundtable Eyes Threats

News / October 3, 2018

 

Whether it’s foreign government meddling or corporate hacking, every day brings a new challenge in cybersecurity for the United States, said experts at a recent Hoover Institution media roundtable.

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Cybersecurity expert Alex Stamos joins Stanford University as fellow

News / August 1, 2018

 

Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and the Hoover Institution announced today the appointment of Alex Stamos as a William J. Perry Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), Cyber Initiative fellow, and Hoover visiting scholar.

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Stanford scholars discuss the benefits and risks of using talking software to address mental health

News / July 10, 2018

Interacting with a machine may seem like a strange and impersonal way to seek mental health care, but advances in technology and artificial intelligence are making that type of engagement more and more a reality. Online sites such as 7 Cups of Tea and Crisis Text Line are providing counseling services via web and text, but this style of treatment has not been widely utilized by hospitals and mental health facilities.

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Cyber Initiative Fellow Jonathan Mayer on Government Hacking

News / February 2, 2018

The United States government hacks computer systems for law enforcement purposes. This Article provides the first comprehensive examination of how federal law regulates government malware, and argues that government hacking is inherently a Fourth Amendment search. Noted privacy scholar and Cyber Initiative fellow Jonathan Mayer explores the legal questions behind government use of hacking tools. 

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Stanford Applied Cybersecurity group wins national penetration testing competition

News / November 7, 2017

The nation’s brightest cybersecurity college students traveled to Rochester, N.Y., to test their hacking skills in the annual National Collegiate Penetration Testing Competition. The Nov.

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Can Bitcoin Thrive Without China?

Blogs / October 26, 2017

Bitcoin started the month of September trading at an all-time high of $4,950. By implementing Segregated Witness, or SegWit, Bitcoin allowed more transactions to take place and signaled confidence that Bitcoin would scale.

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Stanford Team takes 1st place in CPTC Western Regionals

News / October 24, 2017

Demonstrating moxie and professionalism under fire, the team consisting of Paul Crews, Albert Liang, Kate Stowell, Travis Lanham, Wilson Nguyen, Colleen Dai, and coach Alex Keller have qualified for the CPTC Nationals

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