Digital, New Technology and Public Policy

General Objective

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.

Specific feature

Career Opportunities

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:

Scientific Advisor

Nicolas Colin, Co-founder & Partner, TheFamily, with Alice Zagury and Oussama Ammar. Commissioner, Commission nationale de l'informatique et des libertés (CNIL) (nominated by Claude Bartolone, Speaker of the Assemblée nationale).

Formerly in charge, with Pierre Collin (conseiller d'Etat), of a report commissionned by the French Government about the tax system and the digital economy. As such, ranked in the top ten of the #GlobalTax50 in 2013. Co-author, with Henri Verdier, of "L' âge de la multitude, Entreprendre et gouverner après la révolution numérique". Graduated from Telecom Bretagne with a major in computer science. Graduated from the Institut d'études politiques (Sciences Po) with a major in public administration and a minor in American studies. Graduated from the École nationale d'administration (ENA) before becoming an inspecteur des finances at the Inspection générale des finances. Former co-chief of staff for the "Zelnik Task Force". Founder and former CEO of 1x1connect, co-founder of Stand Alone Media. Teaches at Telecom Bretagne and at Sciences Po. Member of the board of the Rules for Growth Institute.


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