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Over the past two years, SIPA supported the research of numerous experts and next-generation scholars reflected in the papers available below. The papers are organized into four categories: Cybersecurity and Cyber Conflict, Global Internet Governance, Economic Issues in a Digital World and Activism, Rights and Civic Tech.

In December 2016, the Tech & Policy Initiative released its first Working Paper Series, the result of our first two years of work. Following this publication, SIPA also issued a new call for proposals which is still open for participants (deadline: April 2017).

This academic work was undertaken with the vital support of Carnegie Corporation of New York as part of SIPA’s Tech & Policy Initiative in an ambitious effort to explore policy-making in the 21st century.

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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.

Cybersecurity and Cyber Conflict

The U.S. Government and Zero-Day Vulnerabilities: From Pre-Heartbleed to Shadow Brokers
by Jason Healey

Individual versus Organizational Computer Security and Privacy Concerns in Journalism
by Susan E. McGregor, Franziska Roesner, and Kelly Caine

“Security by Obscurity”: Journalists’ Mental Models of Information Security
by Susan E. McGregor, and Elizabeth Anne Watkins

Abstract: The Logic of Coercion in Cyberspace
by Erica D. Borghard, and Shawn W. Lonergan

Abstract: When are Cyber Attacks State-sponsored and how can we know?
by Justin Key Canfil

Abstract: What it Takes to Develop a Cyber Weapon
by Max Smeets

Cyber Conflict: Prevention, Stability and Control
by Jason Healey, and Tim Maurer
 

Global Internet Governance

The Rising Geopolitics of Internet Governance: Cyber Sovereignty v. Distributed Governance
by Laura DeNardis, Gordon Goldstein and David A. Gross

The Brazilian Multistakeholderism on Internet Governance
by Fernanda R. Rosa

Global Security Challenges and Data: Intelligence Gathering, Encryption, and Sharing in a World of ISIS
by Sir David Omand

National Data Governance in a Global Economy
by Anupam Chander
 

Economic Issues in a Digital World

Abstract: Building the Superfast Internet One City at a Time: The Case of Google Fiber
by Burcu Baykurt

Abstract: Emerging Markets for Cybercriminals: Ransom and Purchase of Stolen Data by Victims and Authorized Intermediaries
by Josephine Wolff

The Economic Effects of Information Security Failures on Firms, 2005-2015
by Christos Makridis, and Benjamin Dean

On Notice: The Coming Transformation of Key Economic Sectors
by Joah Sapphire
 

Activism, Rights and Civic Tech

Civic Tech for Inclusive Governance
by Hollie Russon Gilman

Semantic Analysis of One Million #GamerGate Tweets Using Semantic Category Correlations
by Phillip R. Polefrone

Why and How to Build Civic Tech Hubs in Emerging Markets – A Case Study of Phandeeyar: A Myanmar Innovation Lab
by Danielle Tomson

Civic entrepreneurs: Global perspectives on open data, engagement and urban governance
by Hollie Russon Gilman