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.

This concentration equips students to understand the different roles that organizations play in the development of technology public policy, including legislatures, regulatory agencies, international organizations, standards-setting bodies, civil society organizations, private sector technology companies, telecommunications companies, and lobbying consultants. The program provides a specific focus on the technology policy implications in national security, healthcare, media, and gender violence prevention. The overlapping issues of ethics, privacy, cybersecurity, free expression, and the impact on historically disenfranchised populations cut across all aspects of the curriculum.

Sanford’s technology policy competitive advantages include:

Knowledge and skills you will acquire: