Digital, New Technology and Public Policy
The Digital, New Technology and Public Affairs Policy Stream prepares the next generation of actors to leverage the nexus of interactions between exponential technologies, public affairs and civil society. The digital revolution is transforming the inner workings of our economies, businesses, democracies, social models and public affairs. The aim of this policy stream is to understand the evolution of economic and human activities that are direct results of digital technology and to explore the regulatory measures to be taken by public policy and civil society.
This stream addresses several key questions: How can we enhance the positive impact of emerging technology to address humanity's main challenges, including equal access to education, renewable energy and global health? How can we minimize the negative externalities of such a process on individual freedom, inequalities and data privacy? How can civil society and public policy harness the power of machine learning to bring about a shift from the public good to the common good?
The program offers the necessary pluri-disciplinary and holistic approaches needed to fully consider the economic, legal, social and institutional transformations brought about by exponential technologies:
- The economic and human resource dimensions: a micro perspective on the digital transformation of the industrial sector and organizations (including private businesses and public administrations); a macro perspective on the global causes and consequences of the "uberification" of the economy, and the tension that is emerging between new collaborative economies and established digital monopolies, such as Google.
- The legal dimension of tax laws, intellectual property rights, and redefining potential structural shifts in the labor model and standard employment contracts by taking into account task fragmentation and unpaid work within the scope of a producer-consumer system.
- The social and institutional dimensions: social welfare 2.0, health care 2.0, democracy 2.0, citizenship 2.0 and more generally, government 2.0.
Core courses (select 4 core courses)
- History of Technology Revolution
- Digital and Innovative Government
- Legal Implications of Innovation on Society
- The Network Economy: MicroEconomics of Digital Markets
- Regulation & Digital Economy
- The Digital Transition of Organisations
Areas of specialization
- Big Data and Public Policy;
- Digital and Industrial economics;
- Regulation of digital economy;
- Fiscal and Economic Policy for digital activities;
- Digital transformation and Management;
- Micro-economics of digital companies and digital markets;
- Financing businesses and households in the digital economy;
- Health policy in the digital age;
- Social policy and social insurance in the digital age: new risks, new approaches;
- Data economics and privacy;
- The future of work and organizations in the networked economy;
- Intellectual property in the age of zero-marginal costs;
- History of information and communication technologies;
- History of technological revolution and Silicon Valley
- Big Data and Government;
- Introduction to Coding;
- Law and New Technology;
- Social innovation, Participation and Government : aggiornamento or Revolution ?;
- Monetary, Fiscal and Financial Policy;
- Growth and Innovation;
- Health and Social Policy;
- Urban and Regional Development Policy;
- Sustainable Development.
The areas of specializations offered lead to careers in various sectors of activities, including media, SMEs, higher education institutions, research labs, and corporations focusing on a specific technology-driven industry. Careers can be pursued in both public and private sectors, from consultancy positions to research and knowledge management.
Master in Public Policy:
Master in European Affairs:
Dominique Cardon is professor of Sociology at Sciences Po and Scientific Director of the Medialab. Previously, he was researcher at the Laboratory of Uses (SENSE) of Orange Labs and Associate Professor at the University Paris Est / LATTS. He is also Member of the editorial board of the review Réseaux and of the prospective committee of the CNIL. His fields of research are, among others, the governance of Wikipedia, the relationship between expressive practices and social networks on blogs, modesty and shamelessness online, practices of online social networks, the transformation of public space including political engagement and cultural practices and sociability, sociological analysis of web algorithms and big data, transformations of the media.