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Digital @ SIPA
February 8: Tech & Society Speaker Series with bruce schneier
On February 8, 2018, Bruce Schneier and Dean Janow discussed a wide range of security failures in tomorrow's connected world, and the role of universities in producing the expertise needed to address them. The conversation can be seen here.
Digital technology touches virtually every aspect of our daily life today. Social interactions, political engagement, economic decision-making – digital connectivity permeates it all, and the dependence on this connectivity is growing rapidly. In this new shared, hyperconnected space, our collective responsibility is to develop a common set of expectations to address risks, and to define the roles and duties of all participants in the digital ecosystem. The obligations encompass several issues – from privacy norms to cyber governance – but our ability to manage risks is the crux of cyber resilience. As the risk of cyber-attacks becomes more prevalent, the cost of attacks to the public, institutions, economy and society is growing. To foster innovation and technological developments, and continue reaping positive benefits from it, we need a new paradigm of security in this hyperconnected world.
The policy response, however, is coming. Regulators are starting to step in, protecting personal data and critical infrastructure. Industries are beginning to issue best practices and to collaborate on incident response. Policymakers are waking up to the need to upgrade our legal frameworks. Technologists are also starting to tackle the modernization of an infrastructure designed for openness, not security. All these changes uncover new tradeoffs, and with these tradeoffs comes a fascinating series of conversations at the intersection of technology and policy, that we will start with Bruce Schneier.
December 8: Panel on net neutrality
On December 8, 2017, with less than a week remaining before the FCC’s expected repeal of the Open Internet Rules, a panel of four experts convened before an audience in Davis Auditorium to discuss what such a repeal will mean for the Internet: Henning Schulzrinne, Professor of Computer Science at Columbia and a member of Data Science Institute, Vishal Misra, Professor of Computer Science at Columbia (currently on leave at Google), Sarah Morris, Director of Open Internet policy at the Open Technology Institute and Peter Boothe, Lead Software Engineer at the Measurement Lab (M-Lab) Project.The panel was moderated by Ethan Katz-Bassett, a professor of electrical engineering at Columbia, who is an expert on Internet services and content delivery, and by Brittney Gallagher, Digital Culture Correspondent for Digital Village, the oldest running radio program in Los Angeles that covers the Internet.
november 27 panel discussion on governing the internet
On November 27, 2017, we co-hosted with the ISOC-NY Chapter a presentation by ICANN on the highlights from the ICANN 60 public meeting and new developments in internet governance. You can watch the video of the event here.
november 20: Lunch discussion with matt devlin from UBer
On November 20, 2017, we hosted a lunch discussion on the main benefits and drawbacks of ride-sharing for a city and described how Uber disrupted the taxi industry to the extent that some cities decided to ban it – a situation Uber is now working to avoid in the future.
november 2: lunch discussion on driverless cities
On November 2, 2017, we hosted a lunch discussion with Hod Lipson (Columbia) and Patrick Smith (NYC Department of Transportation). The panel discussed how driverless vehicles would transform cities, their impact on urban planning, and the policy challenges that will arise.
november 1: Digital economics working group
On November 1, 2017, we co-hosted with the World Economic Forum a Digital Economics Working Group with the aspiration to contribute towards a consolidated evidence base on the impact of digital and emerging technologies on economic outcomes as a basis to shape policy.
october 26: tech & Society speaker series with silvio gonzato
On October 26, 2017, we co-hosted with Anya Schiffrin and the Technology, Media and Culture specialization a discussion on Countering Modern Misinformation: The EU Experience, with Silvio Gonzato and Yochai Benkler.
September 20: tech & Society speaker series with julia powles
On September 20, 2017, we hosted a discussion with Julia Powles on Data Protection Beyond Privacy: Google DeepMind, Healthcare & Algorithms. How can we promote data-driven healthcare while protecting the privacy of patients and the security of their data? Why else should policymakers care about data protection in an age of Artificial Intelligence? You can read a summary of the discussion here.
Cyber @ SIPA
February 16: Global digital futures workshop on civil society in cyber conflict
On February 16, 2018, we hosted our first Global Digital Futures Workshop on a very important topic: civil society in cyber conflict. From individuals to Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), there is a lack of data, as well as a lack of conceptual work as related to what the threats are, what normative frameworks there are to protect these targets and how they apply. Researchers from the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto and UC Berkeley came to present their papers and discuss an issue where research and policy engagement is much needed.
November 3-4: Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge
On November 3-4, 2017, Columbia University hosted a national cyber policy competition known as the Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge designed to provide students across academic disciplines with a deeper understanding of the policy challenges associated with cyber crisis and conflict.
November 2: "Building a Defensible Cyberspace" Report LAUNCH
On November 2, 2017, the New York Cyber Task Force released a report including recommendations on how to make it easier to defend cyberspace without sacrificing the utility, flexibility, and convenience that has made the Internet so essential to our economies and personal lives. At this Columbia University launch event, task force members discussed the report’s groundbreaking findings and recommendations for a more defensible cyberspace.
november 1-2: Bridging the Gap Workshop
On November 1-2, 2017, we hosted with the Cyber Conflict Studies Association our annual Bridging the Gap Workshop. This year’s workshop focused on advancing theories of cyber conflict, continuing from last year’s goals of discussing best practices for research design and execution on cyber conflict, as well as professional development panels on related publication and fellowship opportunities.
October 31: Global Digital Futures Workshop
On October 31, 2017, Jay Healey, Prof. Robert Jervis and Dr. Herbert Lin (Stanford CISAC) hosted an afternoon workshop on Information Warfare and Cyber Tactical Dynamics.
October 23: Uptown Cyber Dialogue
On October 23, 2017, we hosted a dinner discussion with Karsten Geier, Head of the Cyber Policy Coordination Staff, German Federal Foreign Office focusing on the governance of cyber policy issues. Specifically, the group discussed the future of discussions around international norms in cyberspace after the UN Group of Governmental Experts in 2016-2017 failed to produce a consensus report.