With technology profoundly changing how we live, work, communicate and govern, how can policy improve ethics, privacy, cybersecurity, free expression and equity?

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

Partnerships

  • 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

Related programs/courses

Public Policy Studies major

MPP (Technology Policy Concentration available) - View concentration requirements

PhD in Public Policy

Research Center

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The Center on Science and Technology Policy (director: Matt Perault) is a collaboration between the Duke Sanford School of Public Policy and the Duke Initiative for Science and Society. The center serves as an interdisciplinary hub for science and technology policy analysis by bringing together policymakers, academics, non-profits, and industry to explore challenges and generate actionable policy solutions.

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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 the broader, systemic issues that are propagated by an unsatisfactory cyber regime and will provide recommendations for more robust cyber policy solutions.

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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.

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Faculty Spotlight

David Hoffman is the Steed Family Professor of the Practice of Cybersecurity Policy. Previously he 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. He is the author of many papers and articles on cybersecurity and privacy and has testified to Congress on these topics. 

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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.

Rai's Policy360 episode

Tech Policy News

Faculty In the News: Tech Policy