Cyber and Covid-19


Date and Time

May 8, 2020 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM


RSVP Required.

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COVID-19 is having a profound impact on our online systems - exposing both the essential role they can and do play in our modern society, and the risks and vulnerabilities they represent. Substantial research is emerging on this topic, and the implications of that research  will have important consequences for both medium (e.g., 2020 elections) and long-term cyber policies. 

Welcome Remarks: Mike McFaul

  • Introduction to CPC and the center’s work on COVID from moderator Kelly Born
  • Alex Stamos of the Internet Observatory will discuss their work examining shifting narratives about coronavirus from Chinese and Russian State Media, early insights into covid misinformation in other countries (e.g., Nigeria), and how tech companies are responding; as well as how Zoom and other platforms have been working to adapt policies and practices to meet growing demands, and risks.
  • Nate Persily at PDI will discuss the challenges of running the elections in the current environment, including implications for state necessary changes to state policies and practices.
  • Eileen Donahoe at GDPI will discuss geopolitical threats to the international human rights law framework due to ineffective response to COVID by democratic govs; cite risks to 5 specific substantive civil/political rights; and recommend that democratic govs apply international human rights process principles in COVID-19 context.  [I will use ~2 slides  -only  if others use slides]
  • Marietje Schaake will discuss human-rights challenges (to privacy, freedom of association, and freedom of expression) that have arisen with various applications of AI in COVID-19 context - e.g.,contact tracking and content moderation; as well as emerging criteria for policymakers to consider when deploying tracing and related technologies. 
  • Andy Grotto from GTG will discuss recent work on How to Report Responsibly on Hacks and Disinformation, and the implications for mainstream media’s coverage of COVID.
  • 30 min for Q&A