Tech Policy at Sanford

About

The Cyber Policy Program at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy was founded in 2019 under the leadership of Professor David Hoffman. As startups and large corporations alike push the boundaries of human achievement, there is a growing recognition of the importance of effective technology policy. The Cyber Policy Program applies the Sanford School’s expertise and tradition of public service to the many new ways that governments use technology and promotes the preservation of fundamental civil liberties, particularly for underserved communities and historically disenfranchised groups. The Cyber Policy Program also focuses on governments’ roles as regulator and overseer of cybersecurity in critical infrastructure and the private sector. These efforts try to understand and explain the different mechanisms that governments can use to promote robust cybersecurity while also enabling and encouraging the use of globally interoperable technologies and standards that preserve international data flows. Duke’s approach to technology policy places a priority on encouraging student involvement in research and broader outreach that will have practical outcomes.

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Projects

More information can be found about the Tech Policy Program's projects below.

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FTC Project

Spring 2022

The Duke Cyber Policy Program Collaborated with US Federal Trade Commissioner Christine Wilson on research on mechanisms for governments to hold technology platforms accountable for privacy and cybersecurity commitments.

 

 

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Privacy & Democracy Project

Fall 2021

The Privacy and Democracy Project examines the degree to which personal data of individuals is collected, processed, used and transferred in ways that undermine democracy. Elements of the project focus on cybersecurity attacks that acquire personal data, the limited ability individuals have to control who has their data, how data brokers acquire data, and the use of data by nation states to profile individuals and to use those profiles to destabilize democratic participation and institutions.

MPP Technology Policy Concentration

The technology policy concentration prepares students to assume positions in public service, the private sector, and non-profits dealing with public policy issues associated with technology innovation. These positions include roles as legislative staff, executive agency analysts, national security and law enforcement jobs, company government affairs managers, lobbying consultants, and civil society advocates. Technology continues to impact society across all industry sectors and aspects of daily life. Sanford’s focus on technology policy prepares students to address issues of government support for innovation and actions to mitigate the negative impacts that technology can make on individuals’ lives.

Course Offerings

Spring 2023

  • PUBPOL 552S / SCISOC 552S - Cybersecurity and Health Data Policy (Prof. David Hoffman) - T/Th 1:45-3pm
  • PUBPOL 590.07 / ECE 590 / BIOETHIC 676 / ME 555 - Ethical Technology Practicum (Prof. Lee Tiedrich) - W 2-4:45pm
  • PUBPOL 590S.08 - Telecommunications Policy (Prof. Dean Brenner) - Th 3:30-6pm
  • PUBPOL 590S.11/ PUBPOL 590S.12 / ETHICS 590S - Privacy, Ethics, Data and Tech (Prof. Jolynn Dellinger) - M 3:30-6pm
  • PUBPOL 830.11 - Trade and Technology (Prof. Laura Sallstrom) - F 10:15am-12:45pm
  • PUBPOL 890.12 - Cybersecurity and National Security Policy (Prof. David Hoffman) - W 6-8:30pm

Caption: Sanford Dean Judith Kelley interviews former Secretary of State Madeline Albright

Faculty

Learn more about the Tech Policy Faculty at the Sanford School of Public Policy