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, with attention to ethics, privacy, cybersecurity, free expression and the impact on historically disenfranchised populations.

Related Programs & Courses


The Public Policy Studies major is a perennial top major at Duke University.


MPP (Technology Policy Concentration available) - View concentration requirements


PhD in Public Policy


  • American Grand Strategy
  • Center for Computational Thinking
  • Cyberclub student group
  • Cyber Policy and Gender Violence Initiative
  • Dewitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy
  • Democracy Lab
  • Duke Center for International Development
  • Duke Center for Law and Technology
  • Duke Forge
  • Duke Law Center for Innovation Policy
  • Duke Office of Information Technology
  • Kenan Institute of Ethics
  • Margolis Center for Health Policy
  • Pratt School of Engineering – Master’s in Cybersecurity Engineering Program 
  • Science and Society
  • Triangle Privacy Research Hub


Faculty members’ research focuses on topics including national security, healthcare, media and gender violence prevention.

core faculty: tech policy

Faculty Spotlight: David Hoffman

David Hoffman previously served as Associate General Counsel, Director of Security Policy and Global Privacy Officer for Intel Corporation. Hoffman currently chairs the Civil Liberties and Privacy Panel for the Director's Advisory Board for the US National Security Agency. 

Research Center


Sanford's Tech Policy Initiative and Lab (led by David Hoffman) provides a platform for researchers, faculty, and students to promote timely research and insights; stimulate scholarship in the technology-policy area, and bridge the gap between long-term research and real-world application. 


Research feature

Gender violence can involve issues with privacy online, including cyberstalking, data records and more. Faculty member David Hoffman is working with Duke students on gender violence prevention research focusing on the needs of survivors and organizations that help survivors of gender violence. The research is working to shed light on systemic issues and potential policy solutions.

More about the initiative

Student Feature

Jaymi Thibault is a second-year MPP student at Sanford interested in the intersection of technology and health policy. After Sanford, she intends to pursue a career to advocate for consumer privacy and cybersecurity.

Read more about Jaymi's work

Diversity Spotlight

Nivruti Rai is country head of Intel India and was recognized by Fortune India as one of the top 20 Most Powerful Women in Business in that country. Though she wanted to be a fashion designer as a young girl, these days she’s more likely to be found discussing artificial intelligence strategy or the future of the 5G cell network. She joined Sanford Dean Judith Kelley in a podcast conversation on women in technology.

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Featured Podcast

Defending Democracy (And Us!) From Big Tech

Our podcasts regularly feature stories about tech policy. The Debugger podcast, in partnership with Ways & Means, featured a three-part series, Defending Democracy (And Us!) From Big Tech.

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