Society

Society

FSI researchers work to understand continuity and change in societies as they confront their problems and opportunities. This includes the implications of migration and human trafficking. What happens to a society when young girls exit the sex trade? How do groups moving between locations impact societies, economies, self-identity and citizenship? What are the ethnic challenges faced by an increasingly diverse European Union? From a policy perspective, scholars also work to investigate the consequences of security-related measures for society and its values.

The Europe Center reflects much of FSI’s agenda of investigating societies, serving as a forum for experts to research the cultures, religions and people of Europe. The Center sponsors several seminars and lectures, as well as visiting scholars.

Societal research also addresses issues of demography and aging, such as the social and economic challenges of providing health care for an aging population. How do older adults make decisions, and what societal tools need to be in place to ensure the resulting decisions are well-informed? FSI regularly brings in international scholars to look at these issues. They discuss how adults care for their older parents in rural China as well as the economic aspects of aging populations in China and India.

Scholarly Publications

The Virus and the Vote: Administering the 2020 Election in a Pandemic

A Compendium of Research from the Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project

Amplification and Its Discontents

Essay published by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University

Making the Internet Safe for Democracy

Journal of Democracy from Volume 32, Number 2, April 2021 | Johns Hopkins University Press

Other Publications

POMEPS Studies 43: Digital Activism and Authoritarian Adaptation in the Middle East

The Project on Middle East Political Science partnered with Stanford University’s Center for Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law and its Global Digital Policy Incubator for an innovative two...

Reversing the Tide: Towards a New US Strategy to Support Democracy and Counter Authoritarianism

Report of the Task Force on US Strategy to Support Democracy and Counter Authoritarianism

News

Marietje Schaake Included in POLITICO’s Tech 28: Class of 2021

July 2021

POLITICO’s annual ranking of the 28 power players behind Europe’s tech revolution includes the Cyber Policy Center's Marietje Schaake. The list is divided into three categories — rulemakers,...

The Virus and the Vote: Administering the 2020 Election in a Pandemic

July 2021

A Compendium of Research from the Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project

New Book From Shelby Grossman of Stanford Internet Observatory

June 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...

Events

The Administrative State of Content Moderation

October 20, 2021

In this talk, Evelyn Douek argues that the stylized picture of content moderation that dominates academic, public and regulatory discourse needs reframing.

Improving User Agency in E2EE Communication Services

October 19, 2021

People who use messaging services need to be able to exercise agency in how they communicate.

Out of the Rabbit Hole: From Radicalization to Amplification of Far-Right Content Online

September 21, 2021

PART OF THE FALL SEMINAR SERIES Join us on October 5th at the Cyber Policy Center seminar from 12 PM - 1 PM PST featuring Becca Lewis, PhD Candidate in Communication at Stanford University.

People

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