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Global Digital Policy Incubator

Enhancing Freedom, Security & Trust in the Global Digital Ecosystem

Our Mission

The mission of the Global Digital Policy Incubator is to inspire policy and governance innovations that reinforce democratic values, universal human rights, and the rule of law in the digital realm. We serve as a collaboration hub for the development of norms, guidelines, and laws that enhance freedom, security, and trust in the global digital ecosystem. The bottom line question that guides this initiative: How do we help governments and private sector technology companies establish governance norms, policies, and processes that allow citizens and society to reap the upside benefits of technology, while protecting against the downside risks ?

Conference Report: Social Media Councils, from Concept to Reality

In February 2019, GDPi, ARTICLE 19 and David Kaye convened a workshop to discuss the creation of multistakeholder social media councils (SMCs) for online content moderation. Our report explores the meeting’s outcomes and discusses next steps for SMCs.

What's New?

Video | Human-Centered AI 2018

Welcoming Remarks| Eileen Donahoe & Amir Banifatemi

AI & Human Rights| A Conversation with Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein & Sam Altman

Keynote| The Future of Human Work with AI | Tim O'Reilly

Panel | Rebuilding Trust in Digital Information

Panel | What is Human-Centered Design of AI?

Panel | Trust and Human-Centered Technology

GDPi Launch Conference Report

Three Panels, Seventeen Panelists, over six hundred participants, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Read about the conference that Launched the Global Digital Policy Incubator on October 6, 2017.

GDPI: What we do

Identify and incubate high potential digital policies and technologies.

Generate implementation & advocacy strategies for security & rights enhancing governance.

Convene global multi-stakeholder thought leaders & governance actors.

Program Leadership

GDPI is led by Executive Director Eileen Donahoe and Principle Investigator Larry Diamond
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Eileen Donahoe

Executive Director, Global Digital Policy Incubator
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Eileen Donahoe

Executive Director, Global Digital Policy Incubator
Adjunct Professor at CDDRL, Distinguished Fellow at the Center for International Governance Innovation and an Affiliate at the Center for International Security & Cooperation at Stanford University
Eileen served as the first US Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, during the Obama Administration. She then served as Director of Global Affairs at Human Rights Watch where she represented the organization worldwide on human rights foreign policy. Eileen is an adjunct professor at Stanford's CDDRL and a Distinguished Fellow at the Center for International Governance Innovation. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Endowment for Democracy; the University of Essex Advisory Board on Human Rights, Big Data and Technology; and the Benetech Advisory Board. She served on the World Economic Forum Council on the Future of Human Rights. Previously, she was a technology litigator at Fenwick & West in Silicon Valley. She holds a BA from Dartmouth, an M.T.S. from Harvard, a J.D. from Stanford Law School, an MA in East Asian Studies from Stanford, and a Ph.D. in Ethics and Social Theory from the GTU Cooperative Program with UC Berkeley. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
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Larry Diamond

Principal Investigator
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Larry Diamond

Principal Investigator
Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution Professor, by courtesy, of Political Science and Sociology
Larry Diamond is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. For more than six years, he directed FSI’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, and he continues to lead its programs on Arab Reform and Democracy and Democracy in Taiwan. He is the founding co-editor of the Journal of Democracy and also serves as Senior Consultant at the International Forum for Democratic Studies of the National Endowment for Democracy. His sixth and most recent book, In Search of Democracy (Routledge, 2016), explores the challenges confronting democracy and democracy promotion, gathering together three decades of his work on democratic development, particularly in Africa and Asia. He has also edited or co-edited more than 40 books on democratic development around the world.

GDPi Staff and Fellows

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Toomas Hendrik Ilves

GDPi Fellow
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Toomas Hendrik Ilves

GDPi Fellow
Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Hoover Institution
Toomas Hendrik Ilves is a Fellow at Stanford's Global Digital Policy Incubator. In a long and distinguished career as an Estonian public servant, Ilves has served as Ambassador of the Republic of Estonia to the United States and Canada (1993-1996), as a member of the Estonian Parliament (2002-2004), and as the President-elect of Estonia from 2006-2016. In 2016, Ilves became chair of The World Economic Forum working group The Global Futures Council on Blockchain Technology. In 2017 he joined Stanford University as a Bernard and Susan Liautaud Visiting Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation, a center at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. His international awards and honorary degrees include Knight of Freedom Award by the Casimir Pulaski Foundation (2016), the Aspen Prague Award by the Aspen Institute (2015), the Freedom Award by the Atlantic Council (2014) and the NDI Democracy Award by the National Democratic Institute (2013). His Honorary Degrees include an Honorary Degree from St. Olaf College, US (2014), an Honorary Degree from the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland (2010), and an Honorary Degree from Tbilisi University, Georgia (2007).
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Jan Rydzak, PhD

Associate Director for Programs, GDPi
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Jan Rydzak, PhD

Associate Director for Programs, GDPi
Research Scholar, CDDRL
Jan Rydzak is a Research Scholar and Associate Director for Program at Stanford University's Global Digital Policy Incubator (GDPi). He holds a PhD and an MA in Government & Public Policy from the University of Arizona as well as an MA in Modern Languages (Portuguese, Spanish, and French) from Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Poland. Jan has done research and policy work on technology and human rights across various environments, including the European Commission and the multi-stakeholder Global Network Initiative (through a Google Fellowship). His doctoral research focused on deliberate network shutdowns and their effects on collective action, across countries and subnationally (India). He has published a report on shutdowns and human rights through GNI as well as commentary in Foreign Policy. He is professionally interested in digital activism and repression in countries where connectivity is expanding vigorously, information vacuums and crises, the linguistic aspects of disinformation and content moderation, tech policy in the European Union, and the use of technology for development.
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Megan Metzger, PhD

Associate Director for Research, GDPi
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Megan Metzger, PhD

Associate Director for Research, GDPi
Research Scholar, CDDRL
Megan Metzger is a Research Scholar and Associate Director for Research at the Global Digital Policy Incubator (GDPi) Program. Before coming to Stanford, she completed a PhD in Politics at NYU as a member of the Social Media and Political Participation Lab and was a Postdoctoral scholar in Russian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She also holds an MA in Political Science with a focus on European Governance from UNC-Chapel Hill, and a BA in Anthropology and International Studies from Macalester College. Megan’s research is focused on how changes in technology change how individuals and states use and have access to information, and how this affects political behavior. She has worked on these questions in the context of the Gezi Park Protests in Turkey, the EuroMaidan protests in Ukraine, and the Russian state’s information strategies.
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Sarahi Zaldumbide

Program Manager, GDPi
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Sarahi Zaldumbide

Program Manager, GDPi
Sarahi is a program manager at Stanford's Global Digital Policy Incubator, where she supports research and programs that attempt to answer the most pressing policy issues at the intersection of digital technology, democracy and human rights. Since GDPi's launch in 2017, Sarahi has coordinated the program's events, meetings, and seminars, as well as assisting in program and communications strategy and stakeholder relations. Passionate about team building, Sarahi also manages day to day operations and workflow processes for the GDPi team. Prior to joining GDPi, Sarahi was a program associate the International Republican Institute (IRI), where she supported the Institutes' democracy and governance programs in Latin America and the Caribbean. During her time at IRI, she specialized in closed and closing society, pioneering program models to assist civil society in challenging contexts. Sarahi graduated from Stanford in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations with honors and she received a Master of Arts in American History in 2015 from Stanford as well.