Governance

Governance

FSI's research on the origins, character and consequences of government institutions spans continents and academic disciplines. The institute’s senior fellows and their colleagues across Stanford examine the principles of public administration and implementation. Their work focuses on how maternal health care is delivered in rural China, how public action can create wealth and eliminate poverty, and why U.S. immigration reform keeps stalling. 

FSI’s work includes comparative studies of how institutions help resolve policy and societal issues. Scholars aim to clearly define and make sense of the rule of law, examining how it is invoked and applied around the world. 

FSI researchers also investigate government services – trying to understand and measure how they work, whom they serve and how good they are. They assess energy services aimed at helping the poorest people around the world and explore public opinion on torture policies. The Children in Crisis project addresses how child health interventions interact with political reform. Specific research on governance, organizations and security capitalizes on FSI's longstanding interests and looks at how governance and organizational issues affect a nation’s ability to address security and international cooperation.

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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

Can Congress Mandate Meaningful Transparency for Tech Platforms

June 2021

When it comes to mitigating online harms, the U.S. Congress is at least united on one point: There is a need for greater transparency from tech companies.

Some Humility About Transparency

March 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...

Heal the Transatlantic Technology Policy Rift to Combat China's Digital Authoritarian Model

January 2021

Our EU partners must resist the impulse to digital sovereignty.

Top Technology Policy Priorities for the New Administration

January 2021

Now is the time to rally the world around a democratic vision of digital society.

Q&A with Graham Webster of the Program on Geopolitics, Technology, and Governance

October 2020

Webster explains how DigiChina makes Chinese tech policy accessible for English speakers

Analysis of an October 2020 Facebook Takedown Linked to U.S. Political Consultancy Rally Forge

October 2020

An astroturfing operation involving fake accounts (some with AI-generated images) that left thousands of comments on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Clients included Turning Point Action and...

Qui sont les trolls Facebook du président guinéen ? Campagne électorale moderne ou actions inauthentiques concertées, une frontière floue

September 2020

Nous avons enquêté sur un large réseau de pages Facebook opérées par le parti du président guinéen Alpha Condé. Les Pages orchestrent des publications qui soutiennent la candidature de Condé à un...

Q&A with Daphne Keller of the Program on Platform Regulation

August 2020

Keller explains some of the issues currently surrounding platform regulation

Q&A: The Data Delusion

July 2020

Protecting Individual Isn't Enough When the Harm is Collective. A Q&A with Marietje Schaake and Martin Tisne on his new paper The Data Delusion.

Mask Diplomacy: Chinese Narratives in the COVID Era

June 2020

China has been shipping medical supplies to countries battling the coronavirus pandemic, an effort dubbed “mask diplomacy.” It remains to be seen if China will be able to tailor its messages...

The Executive Order on Platforms and Online Speech

June 2020

On May 28th, President Trump signed an executive order threatening to revoke CDA 230 protections, which would expose social media companies to increased liability for content that is posted on their...

Analysis of April 2020 Twitter takedowns linked to Saudia Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, Honduras, Serbia, and Indonesia

April 2020

On March 11, 2020 Twitter shared with the Stanford Internet Observatory accounts and tweets associated with five distinct takedowns.

Stanford Experts Publish Recommendations to Safeguard Democratic Elections Around the World

February 2020

A Q&A with Professor Stephen Stedman, who serves as the Secretary General of the Kofi Annan Commission on Elections and Democracy in the Digital Age.Stephen Stedman, a Senior Fellow at the...

Evidence of Russia-Linked Influence Operations in Africa

October 2019

Russia’s global strategy for reasserting itself as a geopolitical superpower has led to an increased presence in Africa, where it has broadened efforts to shape the continent’s politics and pursue...

Libya: Presidential and Parliamentary Elections Scene Setter

October 2019

Political contextLibya has seen continuing violence for several years, with rebel General Khalifa Haftar, head of the Libyan National Army (LNA) forces, controlling large swaths of the country and...

Should We Be Worried About Election Interference in 2020? Probably, says Facebook’s Former Chief Security Officer

September 2019

Alex Stamos is “extremely worried” that the upcoming U.S.

Senior Congressional Staff Visit Stanford for the Cyber and Artificial Intelligence Boot Camp

September 2019

  Congressional staffers with Herbert Lin, Andrew Grotto, Reid Hoffman, John Ethchemendy and Michael McFaul before the keynote dinner on Tuesday, August 26th The Cyber and Artificial Intelligence...

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