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Data and digital technology are transforming the world and creating enormous opportunities to develop new approaches to solving problems. Almost every sector of society and the economy, from commerce to politics to security to privacy, is increasingly dependent upon and impacted by digital technologies. The combination of globalization and digital technology also has challenged conventional policymaking and approaches to governance – creating new sources of tension but also new opportunities that require the next generation to develop new skills to solve today's major policy issues.

In recognition of these broad trends, Columbia SIPA has embarked on an ambitious program to develop new thinking and expertise at the intersection of digital technology, data, public policy and SIPA’s core fields. The Tech & Policy Initiative is engaging leading scholars, CEOs, entrepreneurs, legal and policy experts, and members of civil society to identify and help solve future digital policy challenges in three primary areas of engagement: cybersecurityinternet governance, and the digital economy.