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About Tech & Policy @ SIPA Initiative

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The Tech and Policy Initiative at SIPA is an ambitious effort to explore international policy-making in the 21st century. The initiative includes interdisciplinary research that examines and anticipates digital public policy problems and offers innovative solutions, with a focus on internet governance, cybersecurity, and the digital economy. It seeks to identify and help solve future digital policy issues for policymakers, entrepreneurs, and the public, and directly engages in global debates through major conferences, workshops and applied projects. The initiative seeks to build new partnerships with universities, NGOs, academics, and the private sector, to prepare students for a world where policy-making involves collaborations across multiple sectors and stakeholders and requires an understanding of the policy challenges of new technologies.

Through activities with the broader Columbia intellectual community, events with global policymakers, technologists, entrepreneurs and scholars, the Initiative aims to create new knowledge by blending a deep understanding of technological developments and global policy-making. By equipping public policy students with a deep understanding of new technologies, nurturing organizations that are building novel, tech-based solutions to pressing public policy problems, and supporting cutting-edge interdisciplinary research, SIPA is establishing itself as a global hub of activity and intellectual leadership on digital technology and global policy-making.

Now in its third year, Tech & Policy @ SIPA includes:
  • A major research grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York to deepen understanding of critical issues surrounding cybersecurity and Internet governance; and a multi-year grant from the Nasdaq Educational Foundation to study the conditions and means that support innovation,
    entrepreneurship, and social entrepreneurship.
  • An expanded SIPA curriculum including courses and capstone workshops focused on tech skills, and how technological change impacts policymaking.
  • The New York Cyber Task Force on a Defensible Cyberspace, which is producing concrete recommendations on how to improve security of the financial sector in NYC and globally.
  • Participation in the Columbia Startup Lab, a collaborative space in the heart of New York City’s Silicon Alley for recent Columbia graduates to turn their entrepreneurial ideas into working businesses
  • Additional collaborations with otherd Columbia University schools and centers, including Law, Business, Engineering, Journalism, Columbia Entrepreneurship and the Data Science Institute.