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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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Working Papers

Compete, Contest and Collaborate: How to Win the Technology Race with China

Anja Manuel, Pavneet Singh, Thompson Paine
2019 October 16, 2019

Bios: Anja ManuelPavneet Singh, Thompson Paine

China systematically extracts advanced technology from the West. It does so legally, by mining open source databases, investing in our most advanced companies, and compelling technology transfer as a condition for doing business in China, as well as illicitly, through cybertheft and industrial espionage.

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Working Papers

Design Principles for Intermediary Liability Laws

Daphne Keller, Joris van Hoboken
Transatlantic Working Group, 2019 October 8, 2019

The Transatlantic High Level Working Group on Content Moderation Online and Freedom of Expression is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania in partnership with The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands and the Institute for Information Law of the University of Amsterdam. This is a discussion paper from that working group.

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Case Studies

That time my husband reported me to the Facebook police: a case study

Daphne Keller
Boing Boing, 2019 September 27, 2019
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Journal Articles

U.S. Policy Toolkit for Kaspersky Labs

Andrew Grotto, Andrew Grotto
2019 September 25, 2019

In February, the White House attributed “the most destructive and costly cyberattack in history,” a summer 2017 attack affecting critical infrastructure and other victims around the world, to Russian intelligence services.

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Blogs

Publicly Reported Data Breaches: A Measure of Our Ignorance?

Andrew Grotto, Christos Makridis
2019 September 25, 2019

Excerpt from: "Publicly Reported Data Breaches: A Measure of Our Ignorance?"  Lawfare. July 11, 2018. Online.

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Commentary

The Great Anti-China Tech Alliance

Andrew Grotto, Martin Schallbruch, Andrew Grotto
2019 September 19, 2019

In these early days of the regulatory renaissance for digital technologies, China, Europe, and the United States are competing over whose image will be most reflected in market-defining rules and norms. Despite new lows in the trans-Atlantic relationship in the era of Trump, Europe and the United States still have far more in common with each other about how technology should be developed, deployed, and regulated than they do with China.

 

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Commentary

Facebook Restricts Speech by Popular Demand

Daphne Keller
The Atlantic, 2019 September 2, 2019
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Journal Articles

How Relevant is the Turing Test in the Age of Sophisbots?

Dan Boneh, Andrew Grotto, Dan Boneh, Nicolas Papernot, Patrick McDaniel
2019 August 30, 2019

Popular culture has contemplated societies of thinking machines for generations, envisioning futures from utopian to dystopian. These futures are, arguably, here now-we find ourselves at the doorstep of technology that can at least simulate the appearance of thinking, acting, and feeling. The real question is: now what?

 

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Commentary

CNN Perspective: Our lax cybersecurity policies put our elections and our data at risk

Andrew Grotto
2019 July 31, 2019

Our national discussions about cybersecurity and privacy follow a frustrating pattern: a headline-grabbing incident like the recent Capital One breach occurs, Congress wrings its hands and policymakers more or less move on. So it is no surprise cybersecurity hasn't been much of a focus as the race to the 2020 presidential election heats up.

The issue is here to stay, and it should be debated by the candidates. Here are some concrete ideas that would significantly improve the safety and security of the nation — but require presidential leadership if they are to come to fruition.

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Commentary

The Stubborn, Misguided Myth that Internet Platforms Must Be ‘Neutral’

Daphne Keller
Washington Post, 2019 July 29, 2019
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Testimonies

Artificial Intelligence and Counterterrorism: Possibilities and Limitations

Alex Stamos, Alex Stamos
2019 June 24, 2019

Prepared Written Testimony and Statement for the Record of Alexander Stamos, Director, Stanford Internet Observatory before The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Intelligence and Counterterrorism on June 25, 2019.

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White Papers

Securing American Elections: Prescriptions for Enhancing the Integrity and Independence of the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election and Beyond

Michael A. McFaul, Herbert Lin, Alex Stamos, Nathaniel Persily, Andrew Grotto, Allison Berke, Eileen Donahoe, Larry Diamond, Megan Metzger, Sergey Sanovich, Toomas Ilves, Zachary Krowitz, Christopher Painter
2019 June 6, 2019

This report urges policymakers, in both government and the private sector, to act immediately in order to protect the integrity and independence of U.S. elections, particularly in the run-up to the 2020 presidential election, and recommends a number of actions in order to do so. This report was distributed at the launch of the new Cyber Policy Center on June 6th, 2019.

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Working Papers

A Research Agenda for Cyber Risk and Cyber Insurance

Gregory Falco
2019 June 1, 2019

A Research Agenda for Cyber Risk and Cyber Insurance | June 2019

Lead Author: Gregory Falco, Program on Geopolitics, Technology, and Governance at the Cyber Policy Center

Presented at the the 2019 Workshop on the Economics of Information Security (Boston, June 3-4, 2019)

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Journal Articles

Genetically Modified Organisms: A Precautionary Tale for AI Governance

Andrew Grotto
2019 March 25, 2019

The fruits of a long anticipated technology finally hit the market, with promise to extend human life, revolutionize production, improve consumer welfare, reduce poverty, and inspire countless yet-imagined innovations. A marvel of science and engineering, it reflects the cumulative efforts of a generation of researchers backed by research funding from the U.S. government and private sector investments in (predominantly American) technology companies. 

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Commentary

Who Do You Sue?

Daphne Keller,
2019 January 29, 2019

This essay closely examines the effect on free-expression rights when platforms such as Facebook or YouTube silence their users’ speech. The first part describes the often messy blend of government and private power behind many content removals, and discusses how the combination undermines users’ rights to challenge state action. The second part explores the legal minefield for users—or potentially, legislators—claiming a right to speak on major platforms. The essay contends that questions of state and private power are deeply intertwined.

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Blogs

Who Do You Sue? State and Platform Hybrid Power Over Online Speech

Daphne Keller
Lawfare, 2019 January 21, 2019

An essay examining the effect on free-expression rights when platforms such as Facebook or YouTube silence their users’ speech

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Journal Articles

Prenatal Exposure to Environmental Tobacco Smoke and Early Development of Children in Rural Guizhou Province, China

Yang He, Renfu Luo, Tianyi Wang, Jingjing Gao, Chengfang Liu
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 2018 December 14, 2018

Background: There is a substantial body of evidence supporting the association between maternal active smoking during pregnancy and child development, but the association between prenatal exposure to environmental tobaccos smoke (ETS) and early child development has not been well documented. This cross-sectional study examines the association between prenatal exposure to ETS and the development of children in their first two years of life. 

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Commentary

Cyber Security Derailed? Recommendations for Smarter Investments in Infrastructure

Andrew Grotto
2018 November 16, 2018

Excerpt from: "Cyber Security Derailed? Recommendations for Smarter Investments in Infrastructure." War on the Rocks. November, 2018. Online.

A state-owned Chinese company receives a contract to build and maintain the next generation of railcars that service Metro stations at the Pentagon, near the White House and Capitol Hill, and throughout the Washington, D.C., metro area. What could possibly go wrong? 

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Journal Articles

The Right Tools: Europe's Intermediary Liability Laws and the EU 2016 General Data Protection Regulation

Daphne Keller
Berkeley Technology Law Journal, 2018 January 21, 2018
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Commentary

NYT Op Ed by Daphne Keller | Making Google the Censor

Daphne Keller
2017 June 12, 2017

Prime Minister Theresa May’s political fortunes may be waning in Britain, but her push to make internet companies police their users’ speech is alive and well. In the aftermath of the recent London attacks, Ms. May called platforms like Google and Facebook breeding grounds for terrorism.

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