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.
Read cutting-edge research at the intersection of technology and policy from SIPA-sponsored scholars.
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.
Explore the variety of conferences, workshops and panels hosted at SIPA on technology and public policy issues.
Watch videos from recent technology and policy related interviews, panels and events held at SIPA.