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?

GDPI INITIATIVES

GLOBAL DIGITAL POLICY SNAPSHOT

Explore GPDi’s new policy snapshot examining opportunities for policymakers to incorporate human rights principles into National AI Strategies. This is part of a new series of policy explainers providing human rights analysis of important digital policy issues.

GLOBAL DIGITAL RIGHTS DIGEST

Every two weeks, our team at GDPi will provide you with an overview of some of the key recent developments in the digital policy and human rights space, plus context and analysis to help you better understand the events of the day.

National Artificial Intelligence Strategies and Human Rights: A Review

Global Partners Digital and Stanford’s Global Digital Policy Incubator have published a report examining governments’ National AI Strategies from a human rights perspective.

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

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Kip Wainscott

Senior Advisor, GDPi
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Kip Wainscott

Senior Advisor, GDPi
Kip Wainscott is a senior advisor at the Cyber Policy Center, where he directs programs and initiatives for the Global Digital Policy Incubator to promote policymaking that reinforces democratic values, universal human rights, and the rule of law in the digital realm. Kip served in the White House under President Obama as Senior Director of Cabinet Affairs and Senior Advisor to the Domestic Policy Council, where his portfolio focused on issues related to justice, opportunity, and technology. He was Senior Counsel in the Office of Legal Policy at the Department of Justice, where he worked on the development and coordination of technology policy and other initiatives of high priority to the Attorney General. After leaving the administration, Kip helped launch CrowdJustice, a digital platform for engaging online communities in support of public interest litigation. Since 2017, he has led democracy programming and policy engagement in Silicon Valley for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs. Before entering government, Kip was an attorney in a leading political and election law practice, where he advised on presidential nomination procedures, voting laws, and represented clients in litigation and ethics matters. Kip was a 2019 Policy Fellow at Stanford’s Digital Civil Society Lab, where he supported research and co-authored a paper examining how civil society organizations can better protect their digital rights through policy advocacy. He has also authored chapters for two books on the subject of government and political ethics. He serves on the Advisory Council for the Institute for Data, Democracy, and Politics at the George Washington University.
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Megan Metzger, PhD

Associate Director for Research, GDPi
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Megan Metzger, PhD

Associate Director for Research, GDPi
Megan Metzger is a Research Scholar and Associate Director for Research at the Global Digital Policy Incubator (GDPi) Program at Stanford University. Megan’s research considers how technology changes the ways individuals and states use and have access to information, as well as how this information can be manipulated. She has written about social media during the Gezi Park and EuroMaidan protests, as well as about RT news as a component of the Russian state’s information strategy. Her recent policy-oriented work focuses on human rights and artificial intelligence, on developing new approaches to online content moderation, and on strategies for combatting disinformation online. Megan holds a PhD in Politics from New York University, an MA in Political Science from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and a BA in Anthropology and International Studies from Macalester College. Her work has been published in The Journal of Comparative Economics, Slavic Review, the Journal of Democracy, and in an edited volume from Cambridge University Press. Her analysis has also been published in the Monkey Cage Blog at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post and Al Jazeera English.
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Tracy Navichoque

Program Manager, GDPi
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Tracy Navichoque

Program Manager, GDPi
Tracy Navichoque is the Program Manager at the Global Digital Policy Incubator (GDPi). Before coming to Stanford, Tracy was the Membership and Education Manager at the Los Angeles World Affairs Council. She holds an MA in Public Diplomacy from USC and BA with honors in History and International Studies from Northwestern University. She was a Fulbright Scholar to Uruguay and worked in education and public affairs at the binational center in Montevideo.

Research Assistants

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Maddy Libbey

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Maddy Libbey

Madeline is a recent graduate from Stanford studying Political Science and Computer Science. As an undergraduate she has explored the intersection of political theory, governance, and emerging technologies, and is completing a senior honors thesis with the Center for Ethics in Society. As a research assistant at Stanford Global Digital Policy Incubator Madeline has worked on projects assessing the human rights impacts of AI governance and contributed to research on National AI Strategies. Passionate about digital policy and human rights, she is excited to be continuing her studies at the Oxford Internet Institute next October where she will be pursuing an MSc in Social Science of the Internet.
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Rosanna Kim

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Rosanna Kim

Rosanna Kim is a Graduate Research Assistant at the Stanford Global Digital Policy Incubator (GDPi). At GDPi, she focuses on the human rights implications of content moderation by internet platforms and policies adopted by governments worldwide to regulate online content. Before coming to Stanford, Rosanna was the lead policy advisor on international development and focal point for the Department for International Development (DFID) at the British Embassy in Washington DC. Rosanna completed her MA in international policy at Stanford and holds a BA with high honors in political science and history from Swarthmore College.
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Catherine Baron

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Catherine Baron

Catherine Baron is a rising senior majoring in Political Science and an aspiring technology policymaker in Southeast Asia. Her ongoing thesis in the Science, Technology and Society program focuses on smart cities public-private partnerships in Vietnam. Her interests include data governance, governmental accountability in transnational technological applications, and music composition.
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Sreya Guha

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Sreya Guha

Sreya Guha is a rising junior, majoring in symbolic systems with a concentration in artificial intelligence. She is deeply passionate about the intersection of human rights, law and technology.
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Barby Hernandez

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Barby Hernandez

Barby Hernandez is a rising senior majoring in International Relations. She is interested in the intersection between technology, governance and law. She is working on an honors thesis that looks at the emergence of data privacy legislations around the world as well as their variations.
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Jeffrey Propp

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Jeffrey Propp

Jeffrey Propp is a rising senior studying Symbolic Systems with a focus on Artificial Intelligence and Human-Computer Interaction. He is motivated to make a difference in technology policy, specifically with regards to algorithmic discrimination. He has held internships in software engineering, marketing, and wildlife rehabilitation.
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Avalon Wolfe

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Avalon Wolfe

Avalon Wolfe is a rising senior at Stanford majoring in Political Science and double minoring in Computer Science and Ethics and Technology. She is passionate about data privacy and AI governance, and she is writing a senior honors thesis with the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. After studying the intersection of international law and technology while abroad at Oxford last year, Avalon is excited to explore the interplay between human rights and digital policy at the Global Digital Policy Incubator.