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The Cyber Policy Center regularly shares research and recommendations through the publication of white papers, journal articles and more.

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

The Virality Project final report finds recycled anti-vaccine narratives and viral content driven by recurring actors.

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Commentary

Seven tips for spotting disinformation related to the Russia-Ukraine conflict

Melissa De Witte, Shelby Grossman
2022 March 3, 2022

A disinformation researcher shares what she and her team watch for when analyzing social media posts and other online reports related to the Russian invasion of Ukraine (originally appeared in Stanford News)

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Journal Articles

Content-Oblivious Trust and Safety Techniques: Results from a Survey of Online Service Providers

Riana Pfefferkorn
Journal of Online Trust and Safety, 2022 February 28, 2022

A new publication from Riana Pfefferkorn of the Stanford Internet Observatory

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Journal Articles

Playing Both Sides: Russian State-Backed Media Coverage of the #BlackLivesMatter Movement

Renee DiResta, Samantha Bradshaw, Carly Miller
The International Journal of Press/Politics, 2022 February 28, 2022
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Reports

Memes, Magnets and Microchips: Narrative dynamics around COVID-19 vaccines

Stanford Internet Observatory, Renee DiResta, Elena Cryst, Matt Masterson, Chase Small, Carly Miller, Taylor Agajanian, Kolina Koltai, Julienne Ching, Kathy Liu, Osiris Cruz-Antonio, Erin McAweeney, Lily Meyersohn, Kaitlyn Dowling, Laura Edelson, Rachel Moran, Kris Fortmann, Toni Friedman, Abigail Tarquino, Cameron Hickey, Julia Thompson , Zoe Huczok, Kyle Weiss, Lindsay Hurley, Alyssa Kann
Virality Project, 2022 February 24, 2022

The final report of the Virality Project.

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Blogs

The DSA’s Industrial Model for Content Moderation

Daphne Keller
Verfassungsblog, 2022 February 24, 2022
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Journal Articles

Googling for Abortion: Search Engine Mediation of Abortion Accessibility in the United States

Ronald E Robertson, Tatiana Gracyk, Yelena Mejova
Journal of Quantitative Description, 2022 February 23, 2022
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Commentary

Cybersecurity Tools Lie Unused in Federal Agencies’ Toolboxes

James X. Dempsey
2022 February 22, 2022

In a new Lawfare piece Jim Dempsey of the Program on Geopolitics, Technology and Governance, makes a case for breaking out a critical (and often unused) tool in the cybersecurity toolbox: the leveraging of authority by federal agencies to improve the cybersecurity of private actors.

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Case Studies

A Selection of Final Projects from the Stanford Internet Observatory’s Online Open Source Investigation Course

Lila Shroff , Kyla Guru, Lena Han, Frances Schroeder, Amy Dunphy , Kate Davidson, Leo Glikbarg, Eli MacKinnon, Eli Wald, Songchen Yao, Mishaela Robison
Stanford Internet Observatory, 2022 February 8, 2022
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Journal Articles

In-House Vs. Outsourced Trolls: How Digital Mercenaries Shape State Influence Strategies

Renee DiResta, Shelby Grossman, Alexandra Siegel
Political Communication, 2021 December 19, 2021
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Case Studies

The New Copyright Trolls: How a Twitter Network Used Copyright Complaints to Harass Tanzanian Activists (TAKEDOWN)

Shelby Grossman, Christopher Giles, Cynthia N. M., R. Miles McCain, Blair Read
Stanford Internet Observatory, 2021 December 2, 2021
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Case Studies

Seeing Double: Twitter Removes Network of Duplicate Accounts Cheerleading Mexican Political Allies (TAKEDOWN)

Elena Cryst, David Thiel, Sean Gallagher
Stanford Internet Observatory, 2021 December 2, 2021
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Case Studies

One Topic, Two Networks: Evaluating Two Chinese Influence Operations on Twitter Related to Xinjiang (TAKEDOWN)

Renee DiResta, Josh A. Goldstein, Carly Miller, Harvey Wang, SY, MD
Stanford Internet Observatory, 2021 December 2, 2021
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Case Studies

Maduro’s Menagerie: Twitter Client Usage in a Venezuelan Twitter Operation (TAKEDOWN)

Elena Cryst, Ronald E Robertson, Noah Schechter, David Thiel
Stanford Internet Observatory, 2021 December 2, 2021
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Case Studies

In Bed with Embeds: How a Network Tied to IRA Operations Created Fake “Man on the Street” Content Embedded in News Articles (TAKEDOWN)

Renee DiResta, Shelby Grossman, Samantha Bradshaw, Karen Nershi, Khadeja Ramali, Rajeev Sharma
Stanford Internet Observatory, 2021 December 2, 2021
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Journal Articles

The Gender Dimensions of Foreign Influence Operations

Samantha Bradshaw, Amélie Henle
International Journal of Communication, 2021 October 31, 2021
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Journal Articles

How Search Engines Handle Suicide Queries

Olivia Borge, Victoria Cosgrove, Elena Cryst, Shelby Grossman, Shelby Perkins, Anna Van Meter
The Journal of Online Trust and Safety, 2021 October 28, 2021
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White Papers

Zero Trust: How to Secure American Elections When the Losers Won’t Accept They Lost

Matt Masterson, Jennifer DePew, Katie Jonsson, Shelby Perkins, Alex Zaheer
2021 October 14, 2021
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White Papers

Combating Information Manipulation: A Playbook for Elections and Beyond

Daniel Arnaudo, Samantha Bradshaw, Hui Hui Ooi, Kaleigh Schwalbe, Vera Zakem, Amanda Zink
2021 September 20, 2021

A new playbook from the International Republican Institute (IRI), the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and the Stanford Internet Observatory (SIO) aims to help identify, respond to, and build long-term resilience to election-related information manipulation, attacks on information integrity and threats to delegitimize elections globally.

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Commentary

Response to “Request for Information: Artificial Intelligence Risk Management Framework” (86 FR 40810)

Andrew Grotto, Gregory Falco, Iliana Maifeld-Carucci
2021 September 16, 2021
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Journal Articles

Data Collection: Lessons of Cost-Benefit Analysis, Skepticism, and Legal Transparency

James X. Dempsey
JNSLP, 2021 September 9, 2021

An article in the Journal of National Security Law and Policy (JNSLP) from James X. Dempsey of the Program on Geopolitics, Technology and Governance.

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Journal Articles

Middle East Influence Operations: Observations Across Social Media Takedowns

Renee DiResta, Shelby Grossman, Josh A. Goldstein
Middle East Political Science, 2021 August 25, 2021

Researchers Shelby Grossman, Renee DiResta and Josh A. Goldstein examine Middle East influence operations across social media, including how regimes incorporated social media activities into their own domestic and foreign policy toolkits. The full paper can be found at the Project on Middle East Political Science website.

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Blogs

Privacy, Middleware, and Interoperability

Daphne Keller
2021 August 24, 2021

Can Technical Solutions, Including Blockchain, Help Us Avoid Hard Tradeoffs?

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Working Papers

On the Opportunities and Risks of Foundation Models

2021 August 16, 2021

A new publication from the Center for Research on Foundation Models (CRFM) at Stanford University, with contributions by Shelby Grossman and others from the Stanford Internet Observatory

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