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Who rules in the digital age?
How do we balance the right to free speech on digital platforms with other important values—security, civility and privacy? How have authoritarian regimes in the Middle East responded to the Arab Spring, and what role is social media currently playing the region? In these two recent Stanford event recordings, faculty and academic experts explore these timely, complex topics.
Internet, Social Media and Democracy

How can we make the internet more inclusive while also holding users and companies accountable for what is said and shared online? Hear from leading experts as they provide suggestions for how the internet and social media can be more balanced, constructive and democratizing—not fragmented and politically polarized.

Featured Speakers
  • Larry Diamond, '73, MA '78, PhD '80, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, and professor, by courtesy, of sociology and of political science
  • Eileen Donahoe, MBA '85, JD '88, MA '89, executive director, Global Digital Policy Incubator, Stanford Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law
  • Nate Persily, JD '98, professor of law, and by courtesy, of communication
  • Timothy Garton Ash, senior fellow, Hoover Institution
Authoritarian Resurgence in the Middle East

How have authoritarian regimes in the Middle East responded to the Arab Spring, and what role is social media currently playing in the region? Middle East experts, including Abbas Milani, examine the long-standing tension between freedom and repression in Egypt and Iran, as well as current cultural, political and security issues across the region.

Featured Speakers
  • Abbas Milani, Hamid and Christina Moghadam Director of Iranian Studies, a co-director of the Iran Democracy Project and a research fellow at the Hoover Institution
  • Amr Hamzawy, Senior Research Scholar, Middle East Initiative, Stanford Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law
Stanford Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law

These panel discussions were recorded on the Stanford campus as part of the Draper Hills Summer Fellowship on Democracy and Development Program, hosted annually at the Stanford Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law.