Research Scholar/Program Manager Global Digital Policy Incubator
This is a 3 -year, fixed-term position.
Stanford University's Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL), part of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), engages in research, training, teaching, and outreach, and organizes intellectual and policy dialogues aimed at increasing public understanding of economic and political development. Founded in 2002, CDDRL collaborates with scholars, policymakers, and practitioners around the world to advance collective knowledge about the linkages between democracy, sustainable economic development, and the rule of law.
The Global Digital Policy Incubator (GDPi) was founded in 2017 with the mission to inspire policy and governance innovations that reinforce democratic values, universal human rights, and the rule of law in the digital realm. Its purpose is to 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 overarching 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 benefits of digital technology for economic development and the exercise of universal human rights, while protecting against the risks for personal, national, and international security?
The Global Digital Policy Incubator provides a vehicle for global multi-stakeholder collaboration between technologists, governments, private sector companies, diplomats, international organizations, academics, and civil society for/towards a shared purpose: to develop norms and policies that enhance security, promote economic development, and reinforce respect for human rights in our global trans-border digital ecosystem. We aim to reinforce existing frameworks of international human rights law and international humanitarian law, but also to lead the way in articulating how to apply these norms and values in a global digital context. Our goal is to facilitate the development of policies and processes that meet the societal challenges that arise from digitization and technological innovation.
The position is half-time research and half-time program management and development. In the research role, the candidate will be a member of the academic staff at CDDRL, and in that capacity will conduct scholarly research and writing relevant to the themes of the program, while also participating broadly in the intellectual life of the Center.
As a program manager, the candidate will help to manage and coordinate all operations of the Global Digital Policy Incubator, working under and reporting to the faculty principal investigator (PI) and the executive director of the GDPi.
As a research scholar, the candidate will conduct individual and/or collaborative research under the direction of a faculty principal investigator (PI), publish in academic journals, edited books, and possibly a monograph, and coordinate research projects that would result in the publication of at least one edited book.
The possible themes of individual and collective research in the program include the following:
Government regulation of digital platforms, and the implications for freedom of expression and other democratic values and human rights.
Internet censorship and filtration in authoritarian regimes, and the threat these practices pose of balkanizing the global digital space.
The weaponization of digital information by state and non-state actors.
Private-sector private-policies that impact free expression and democratic engagement.
The polarizing effects of social media and how these can be attenuated.
Implications of AI and machine learning for human rights and democratic governance.
Governance challenges in the global digital ecosystem, and the implications for national and international law.
The research scholar/program manager will:
Hire and supervise researchers, research assistants, and interns.
Develop and implement individual and collaborative research projects with partners within and outside Stanford.
Organize conferences, workshops, seminars, and lectures at Stanford and in collaboration with other Stanford entities, as well as with other Silicon Valley public and private companies.
Commission and edit research papers from scholars and experts outside Stanford for publication as CDDRL Working Papers; commission and edit books based on GDPi research;
Help arrange for and engage visiting scholars.
Develop and manage the program budget.
Write and produce conference reports.
Prepare and submit grant proposals and liaise with donors.
Generate content for the CDDRL newsletter and GDPi website. Arrange the dissemination of all core GDPi outputs (newsletter, reports, research papers).
Maintain contact with different actors and institutions in the field.
Establish and build networks of individuals interested in the intersection between digital policy and democracy (including scholars, local political and civic actors, journalists, and policy makers).
Conduct outreach for GDPi through media appearances, op-eds, and active participation in academic and policy conferences and events.
Work to strengthen and build GDPi's relationships and reputation across the Stanford University research and student community by engaging with faculty and researchers in various disciplines working on issues related to digital policy; liaise with relevant student groups to identify speakers and co-sponsor events of mutual interest; identify collaborations across the university to further the program's research agenda; mentor students interested in the program areas of focus; and work to build a community of scholars dedicated to issues related digital policy.
If interested, the candidate may also have the opportunity to teach a course on digital issues at Stanford University.
The candidate must, by the time of employment, have a Ph.D. in the social or information sciences (direct experience with computer science and/or artificial intelligence is a plus). He or she should have general knowledge and a demonstrated record of specific research on problems related to the Internet, technology, and democracy. Previous experience in administration or research coordination/management is desirable. The candidate should also possess the skills and traits necessary to sustain an established research program and a network of contacts across different countries and cultures, including tact, diplomacy, sociability, collegiality, good organization, and an ability to work with individuals of varying social, intellectual, and ideological backgrounds and orientations.
Interested applicants should submit a CV and cover letter. Candidates under final consideration will be asked to submit two writing samples on relevant topics. Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.
Location: Dean of Research Schedule: Full-time Classification Level:
Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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