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

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.


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