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.

Recent Events

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Understanding and Countering Problematic Information on Social Media Platforms

November 18, 2021

Join us Tuesday, November 30th from 12 PM - 1 PM PT for Understanding and Countering Problematic Information on Social Media Platforms featuring Tanu Mitra, Assistant Professor at University of...

Analyzing Social Media From A User-eye View With PIEGraph

November 11, 2021

Join us on November 16th for “Analyzing Social Media From A User-eye View With PIEGraph” from 12 - 1 PM PT featuring Deen Freelon, associate professor at the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and...

The Global Spyware Crisis and How to Stop It

October 27, 2021

  Join us November 2nd from 12 PM - 1 PM PT for “The Global Spyware Crisis and How to Stop It” featuring David Kaye, professor of law at University of California, Irvine, and moderated by Kelly...

BOOK TALK | The Wires of War: Technology and the Global Struggle for Power by Jacob Helberg

October 22, 2021

On Wednesday, October 27 at 10 am Pacific Time, please join Andrew Grotto, Director of Stanford’s Program on Geopolitics, Technology and Governance, for a conversation with Jacob Helberg, senior...

New Research from the Journal of Online Trust and Safety’s Inaugural Issue

October 22, 2021

Join the Stanford Internet Observatory, Friday, October 29th at 8 AM pacific, as they host the contributing authors to the inaugural issue of the Journal of Online Trust and Safety.  The Journal of...

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.

Jawboning As A First Amendment Problem

September 21, 2021

PART OF THE FALL SEMINAR SERIES Join us on October 19th for our weekly seminar from 12 PM - 1 PM PT featuring Genevieve Lakier, Professor of Law at University of Chicago's Law School and CPC Co...

What The Multistakeholder Approach Can Bring to Content Policy Debates

September 21, 2021

PART OF THE FALL SEMINAR SERIES Join us via Zoom on Tue, September 28th from 12 PM - 1 PM PST for a conversation with PDI fellows, Julie Owono and Dr Niousha Roshani, moderated by Co-Director of...

Mapping the Ecosystem of Disinformation on Social Media: The Case of Facebook

September 21, 2021

PART OF THE FALL SEMINAR SERIES Join us at the weekly Cyber Policy Center (CPC) seminar on Tue, October 12th from 12 PM - 1 PM PST featuring Soojong Kim, postdoctoral fellow at the Program on...

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.

Technology and Geopolitics: EU Proposals for Regulating Rights, Security and Trade

August 27, 2021

YOUTUBE RECORDING The future of technology policy in Europe will be affected by growing nationalism and protectionism, cyber and national security threats, and great power rivalries.

Reactions to New Proposals on End-to-End Encryption

June 25, 2021

  The Stanford Internet Observatory will host a panel of speakers presenting views on new products and services intended to protect children in encrypted spaces.

Confronting Health Misinformation: A Discussion with the Surgeon General on Building a Healthy Information Environment

June 25, 2021

* WATCH THE YOUTUBE LIVE STREAM *   Join the Stanford Internet Observatory for a conversation with US Surgeon General Vivek H.

Assessing National Digital Identity Systems: The Risks And Rewards

June 14, 2021

With the rise of national digital identity systems (Digital ID) across the world, there is a growing need to examine their impact on human rights.

Strengthening Democracies In The Digital Age

June 14, 2021

Technological cooperation is one of the key topics of the transatlantic agenda. The capacity of nations to innovate and to regulate will define impact their future relevancy.

The Trump Takedown: An Online Discussion With Members of the Facebook Oversight Board

May 4, 2021

The Facebook Oversight Board will release its decision concerning the takedown of President Donald Trump's account this Wednesday.

This Is How They Tell Me The World Ends: A Conversation with Andrew Grotto and Nicole Perlroth

March 30, 2021

On Wednesday, May 26 at 10 am pacific time, please join Andrew Grotto, Director of Stanford’s Program on Geopolitics, Technology and Governance, for a conversation with Nicole Perlroth, New York...

Antitrust and the Tech Platforms

March 16, 2021

The United States has arguably seen more significant antitrust developments in the last few months than over the past twenty years. Last December the U.S.

The Long Fuse: Misinformation and the 2020 election

February 25, 2021

Please join us on Wednesday March 3, 2020 from 3:00-4:30 pm EST (12:00-1:30 PST) for The Long Fuse: Misinformation in the 2020 Election, the public launch of a comprehensive report tracking mis-...

E2EE platforms and health misinformation

February 19, 2021

End-to-end encrypted (E2EE) communications have been around for decades, but the deployment of default E2EE on billion-user platforms has new impacts for user privacy and safety.

E2EE platforms and incitement to violence

February 3, 2021

End-to-end encrypted (E2EE) communications have been around for decades, but the deployment of default E2EE on billion-user platforms has new impacts for user privacy and safety.

E2EE platforms and political misinformation

February 3, 2021

End-to-end encrypted (E2EE) communications have been around for decades, but the deployment of default E2EE on billion-user platforms has new impacts for user privacy and safety.

Further Exploration of Europe’s Digital Services Act

February 2, 2021

On January 27th, the Cyber Policy Center at Stanford hosted a webinar on the EU’s Digital Services Act and Digital Markets Act.

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