CyberAI Project

Josh A. Goldstein

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Josh A. Goldstein is a Research Fellow at Georgetown’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET), where he works on the CyberAI Project. Prior to joining CSET, he was a pre- and postdoctoral fellow at the Stanford Internet Observatory. His research has included investigating covert influence operations on social media platforms, studying the effects of foreign interference on democratic societies, and exploring how emerging technologies will impact the future of propaganda campaigns. He has given briefings to the U.S. Department of Defense, Department of State, and senior technology journalists based on this work. He has been published in outlets including Brookings, Lawfare, and Foreign Policy. He holds an MPhil and DPhil in International Relations from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Clarendon Scholar, and an A.B. in Government from Harvard College.

CSET's Josh A. Goldstein and OpenAI's Girish Sastry co-authored an insightful article on language models and disinformation that was published in Foreign Affairs.

Machine learning advances have powered the development of new and more powerful generative language models. These systems are increasingly able to write text at near human levels. In a new report, authors at CSET, OpenAI, and the Stanford Internet Observatory explore how language models could be misused for influence operations in the future, and provide a framework for assessing potential mitigation strategies.

In a study for Harvard's Misinformation Review, Research Fellow Josh Goldstein looks at how tactics used in political influence operations are used for commercial purposes.