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.
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 AI Health
- 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
Sample Stories & Research
Gender violence can involve privacy issues 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.
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.
What can you do with a focus on technology?
Interested in pursuing a degree with a focus on technology policy? Great! The admissions page for each program has detailed guidelines, including our contact info. Please reach out!
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