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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.

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Latest Publications

Read cutting-edge research at the intersection of technology and policy from SIPA-sponsored scholars. 

Proceedings Global Digital Futures Forum 2016

Working Paper Series #1
In December 2016, the Tech & Policy Initiative published its first Working Paper Series, including papers on cyber conflict, the digital transformation of the economy, global internet governance and civic tech, from young scholars shaping the academic conversations around those issues.

The Rising Geopolitics of Internet Governance: Cyber Sovereignty v. Distributed Governance
In November 2016, Laura DeNardis, Gordon Goldstein and David A. Gross published a working paper presenting the historical perspective of internet governance as a conflict between two incommensurable visions for the internet.

The U.S. Government and Zero-Day Vulnerabilities: From Pre-Heartbleed to Shadow Brokers
In November 2016, Jason Healey published a report based on research conducted over the past six months with a class of graduate students on how the U.S. Government manages vulnerabilities through the Vulnerability Equities Process.

Proceedings from the Global Digital Futures Forum 2016
Experts weigh in: the proceedings of the 2016 edition of the Global Digital Futures Forum include five background papers from experts covering issues ranging from data security, cyber conflict, global challenges in data-sharing, the digital transformation of economic sectors and civic entrepreneurship.



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Latest Events

Explore the variety of conferences, workshops and panels hosted at SIPA on technology and public policy issues.

State of the Field in Cyber Conflict

The Future of the Internet: Challenges Ahead in Cyber Policy

On November 30th 2016, Laura DeNardis, Gordon Goldstein and Ambassador David Gross presented their Working Paper: The Rising Geopolitics of Internet Governance
EU and U.S. Thought Leaders Discuss “Tax Avoidance and Privacy in the Digital Age”

Transatlantic Dialogue: Tax Avoidance and Privacy in the Digital Age

On September 22nd 2016, SIPA hosted the first-ever Transatlantic Citizen's Dialogue with Columbia University Professor Joseph Stiglitz, EU Commissioner Margrethe Vestager and Bocconi University President Mario Monti.

Global Digital Futures Forum 2016

On April 25 2016, SIPA hosted its annual forum, which this year focused on questions around data governance. The proceedings, background papers as well as videos from the event are now available.

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Latest Videos

Watch videos from recent technology and policy related interviews, panels and events held at SIPA.

Global Digital Futures Policy Forum 2016

Global Digital Futures Policy Forum 2016

A short summary of SIPA's annual tech and policy forum
Conversation with Steve Bellovin and Laura DeNardis

Conversation with Steve Bellovin and Laura DeNardis

A discussion about the differences between the cyber and internet governance communities
SIPA EE Energy Symposium

Conversation with Bob Jervis and Rose McDermott

A discussion on decision-making with technology under uncertainty.

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