Stanford Cyber Policy Center Becomes Joint SLS FSI Initiative

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Stanford Law Professor Nathaniel Persily

The Stanford Cyber Policy Center, the nation’s leading academic center for research on policy governing digital technology, has become a joint initiative of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) and Stanford Law School. Led by Nathaniel Persily, JD ‘98, the James B. McClatchy Professor of Law, and Dan Boneh, the Rajeev Motwani Professor in the Stanford School of Engineering, the Cyber Policy Center focuses on bringing cutting-edge solutions to national governments, international institutions, and industry via research, policy engagement, and teaching.

Working across disciplines including law, the Cyber Policy Center is staffed with world-renowned researchers and academics who aim to understand how digital technologies are impacting democracy, security, and geopolitics globally.

“This new formal relationship will fully integrate the fantastic law school faculty who deal with tech and law with the talented team we already have working in the Cyber Policy Center and further attract law students and students across the university who are interested in this burgeoning area,” says Persily.

“Connecting the center more closely to Stanford Law School aligns well with the law school’s focus and expertise in law and technology and truly highlights the importance of addressing developments in the digital world, like online disinformation and polarization, that challenge democracy both in the United States and around the world,” says Jenny Martinez, Richard E. Lang Professor of Law and Dean. “As a law school dedicated to the rule of law, these issues are central to our mission.” To learn more, go to