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Foreign governments are fed up with social media - and threatening prison for tech employees

April 2019

Eileen Donahoe discusses the likely implications of government regulations a foreseeable criminal consequences on big tech companies in the piece by David Ingram for NBC News.   Read it here.

Social Media and Democracy

October 2017

CDDRL Mosbacher Director Francis Fukuyama writes on social media and democracy in relaunched publication The American Interest. Read the article here.

Don’t fear the robots

July 2017

"The robots aren't going to take over, or even destroy jobs," says CDDRL's Jerry Kaplan. Read the article here.

Hub for global digital policy launches at Stanford

June 2017

 The Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) at Stanford University announced today that it has launched the Global Digital Policy Incubator (GDPi). GDPi’s mission is to help...

Former FBI director targets cybercrimes

November 2013

Robert Mueller said terrorism is still the FBI's top priority. But the agency needs to find new ways of fighting cybercrimes, which he calls "the threat of the future."

Stanford conference to explore right to information and technology

March 2013

On March 11-12, the Program on Liberation Technology at CDDRL is convening a conference to examine digital tools and their impact on the development of democratic development.

In Kenyan slum, mobile phones pinpoint better water

October 2012

An innovative course at Stanford is designing mobile phone platforms that help improve living conditions in Kenya's largest slums.

Stanford undergrad awarded human rights fellowship, heads to Hong Kong

June 2012

This summer Adrian Bonifacio, one of the recipients of The Program on Human Rights and the McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society's 2012 Human Rights Fellowship, will work with the Asian Pacific...

Historic summit to convene leaders of the new Middle East at Stanford

April 2012

The American Middle Eastern Network for Dialogue at Stanford will host its inaugural conference April 10 to 14, convening exceptional young leaders together to share their ideas, seed potential...

Helen Nissenbaum evaluates concerns about online privacy

March 2012

New York University Professor Helen Nissenbaum outlined her approach to evaluating concerns about pervasive loss of online privacy at the March 8 Liberation Technology Seminar.

Joshua Blumenstock explores economic shock impacts using “big data”

March 2012

During the Liberation Technology Seminar on March 1, Joshua Blumenstock, a Ph.D. candidate at U.C.

Stanford Knight journalism fellows share technology ideas

February 2012

During the Feb. 16 Liberation Technology Seminar, five teams from Stanford University’s John S.

Kathleen Reen discusses Internet security and safe computing

February 2012

Kathleen Reen, vice president for Asia and New Media programs at Internews, delivered the Feb. 9 Liberation Technology Seminar on the topic of "Strategies and Support for a Global Open Internet."

David Wolman discusses young activists in Egypt

January 2012

On Jan. 19, David Wolman contributing editor to Wired magazine, presented his new book The Instigators about Egypt’s youth activists at the Liberation Technology Seminar Series.

Rebecca MacKinnon on how the Internet should be structured and governed

January 2012

Rebecca MacKinnon, the Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation, delivered the inaugural lecture for the Liberation Technology Seminar Series on Jan.

Klingner discusses Martus, a free and open source software program

December 2011

Jeff Klingner, computer science consultant at Benetech, delivered Dec. 8 Liberation Technology Seminar on the topic of collecting, protecting, and analyzing human rights data.

Two approaches to debates on technology and democracy: Evgeny Morozov

December 2011

On Dec. 1, Evgeny Morozov visiting scholar at CDDRL's Program on Liberation Technology delivered a seminar on the current state of the Internet and the democracy debate after the Arab Spring. uses mobile technology for social issues in Kenya

November 2011

The November 17 Liberation Technology Seminar was co-hosted by the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR), a nonpartisan economic policy research organization that unites...

O’Brien aims at protecting online journalists

November 2011

Danny O'Brien led the Nov. 10 Liberation Technology seminar on the topic, “Reports from the Bleeding Edge: What Journalism in Syria, China and Iran tell us about Silicon Valley's Future”.

Kim states technology enables the right to education

November 2011

Paul Kim, the assistant dean for technology & CTO at Stanford University's School of Education, led the Nov.

Gregory and Nunez discuss the use of video cameras in human rights work

October 2011

Sam Gregory, program director at WITNESS
 and Bryan Nunez, technology manager at Witness, delivered the Oct.

Srinivasan speaks to using social media to create connections

October 2011

Ramesh Srinivasan, assistant professor at UCLA in design and media/information studies, delivered the Oct. 20 Liberation Technology seminar.

Stern discusses strengthening grassroots in Africa providing the “last mile”

October 2011

In the October 13 seminar entitled, "The Last Mile: Grassroots Development and Technology in Africa” Joshua Stern, executive director of Envaya, and Jesse Young, CTO of Envaya, shared their...

McLaughlin speaks on the expansion of the internet and its risks

October 2011

Andrew McLaughlin, a lecturer at the Stanford Law School and the executive director of the Creative Commons delivered the inaugural lecture for the fall season of the Liberation Technology Seminar...


jerry kaplan headshot 7 Jerry Kaplan Adjunct Lecturer, CDDRL, Research Affiliate, CDDRL
Yulia Bezvershenko Headshot Yulia Bezvershenko UELP Visiting Scholar, CDDRL