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Recent Highlights

Conference Considers Cyber Risks to Financial Sector

SIPA’s Project on Cyber Risk to Financial Stability (CRFS) hosted its inaugural State-of-the-Field Conference at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

SEC Chairman Keynotes Panel Discussion of Cyber Strategy for Law and Finance

Jay Clayton joins scholar Jay Healey and other experts for an event hosted by SIPA's Tech and Policy Initiative.


SIPA Working Papers Address Cyber Risks and Financial Stability

Joint project draws on SIPA’s Program on Future Cyber Risks and Initiative on Central Banking and Financial Policy.


ALL events

Surveillance of Dissent: Dangers & Sollutions
March 2, 2020
Organized with Columbia Global Freedom of Expression, this panel discussion involved human rights experts, lawyers and technologists as they considered questions concerning the dangers of private surveillance technology and possible responses to it.

George W. Ball Lecture with President Toomas Ilves
February 11, 2020
Toomas Ilves—a former president of Estonia and SIPA’s George Ball Adjunct Professor for Spring 2020—spoke on “Cybersecurity, the Digital State, and Democratic Governance.” Ilves, who led his country from 2006 to 2016, discussed the challenges of digital transformation amid the Baltic nation’s embrace of independence in the post-Soviet era. Read more »

Civec by TED at SIPA 
February 4, 2020
SIPA's Tech & Policy and the Entrepreneurship & Policy Initiatives hosted a closed workshop with Civic, a new effort being incubated at TED, that aims to help build a healthy information commons where people can reliably find factual information and participate in democratic discourse. 

Bridging the Gap: Workshop on Cyber Conflict 
November 12, 2019
SIPA in partnership with the Cyber Conflict Studies Association hosted the annual Bridging the Gap workshop. This year’s event continued to bring together academic and practitioners over an array of topic in cyber conflict including societal response to cyber attacks, covert action in cyberspace, and persistent engagement. The event also saw Lt. Gen (retd.) Vincent Stewart in a keynote discussion.

NYC Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge
November 8-9, 2019
SIPA’s Digital & Cyber Group, in partnership with the Atlantic Council, hosted the fourth annual NYC Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge. More than thirty student teams from policy, law, and undergraduate programs assessed the impact of a fictional widespread and major cyber-attack by a non-state adversary and considered policy responses for public and private sectors. Read more »

Launch of 'Mapping Data Flows' Project by John Battelle 
October 29, 2019
A Columbia University research team led by entrepreneur and SIPA senior research scholar John Battelle — comprising of SIPA and Columbia Journalism School students —developed an interactive site that helps users visualize and understand how large technology companies collect, use, and share user information across the internet. Read more »

Latvian President Eglis Levits Visits SIPA To Discuss Digital Technology
September 25, 2019
SIPA hosted an informal discussion with Egils Levits, the President of Latvia. Discussion with Professor Jason Healey, Alexis Wichowski and other experts at SIPA covered issues on the changing nature of technology, and how digitization affect security, society, privacy, and democracy. Read more »

Cyberspace Solarium Commission Staff Members Join SIPA Experts
September 10, 2019
SIPA hosted a closed discussion with several members of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission, a recently established bicameral, bipartisan, and intergovernmental body, for a high-level round table discussion with experts and adjunct faculty. The interactions such as these are inted to assist the Commission in its development of best strategies on the competing challenges presented in the field of cybersecurity. Read more »

Challenges of the Cyber World with Sean Roche
September 10, 2019
Co-sponsored with the SIWPS, Sean Roche spoke with students, discussing the analytic and technical work CIA officers undertake in support of the Agency's cyber mission. He also shared his assessment of current and future cyber challenges confronting the US, evolving US cyber strategy, and new technologies that may alter the cyber landscape. Read more »

Developing a Defensible Cyber Strategy
December 6, 2018
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP hosted a discussion featuring keynote remarks by SEC Chairman Jay Clayton. Panelists included SIPA’s Jason Healey (moderator), Connie Brenton, C. Allen Parker, Joseph Shenker, and Phil Venables. The discussion explored internet governance policies, private-sector asset protection, and cyber incident response and innovations to defend cyberspace. Read more »

Bridging the Gap: Annual Workshop
November 29-30, 2018
SIPA partnered with the Cyber Conflict Studies Association and FireEye to host the annual Bridging the Gap workshop. This year’s event focused on topics in cyber conflict including persistent engagement and escalation, the evolving threat landscape, military cyber commands, and new trends and future challenges.

Transformation of Internet Business—The Role of Data, Tech, and Policy
November 8, 2018
John Battelle—the co-founding editor of Wired magazine and co-founder and CEO of NewCo—hosted a lunch discussion on the evolving journey of technology companies. He explored the role of data, technology, and public policy in driving the success of Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Apple for students and faculty at SIPA, Columbia Business School, and Columbia Journalism School. Read more »

NYC Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge
November 2-3, 2018
SIPA’s Digital & Cyber Group, in partnership with the Atlantic Council with sponsorship by Morgan Stanley, hosted its third annual NYC Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge. Twenty-eight student teams from policy, law, and undergraduate programs assessed the impact of a major cyber-attack and considered policy responses for public and private sectors. Read more »

Best Financial Criminals—Technology as the New Weapon
October 23, 2018
The Entrepreneurship & Policy Initiative hosted a panel where Kamil Kaluza MPA’06 and Neepa Patel discussed the impact of cyber-enabled financial crime on the global economy and technology-based tools to combat issues like money laundering, terrorist financing, and cyber-attacks.

Uptown Cyber Dialogue: Heli Tiirmaa-Klaar
October 17, 2018
SIPA hosted a dinner discussion with Heli Tiirmaa-Klaar, Estonia’s cyber ambassador, focusing on governance of cyber policy issues, global partnerships, and responses to cybersecurity issues.

Uptown Cyber Dialogue: Corey Doctorow
September 23, 2018
A dinner discussion with Corey Doctorow, a science-fiction novelist, blogger, and technology activist. Discussion focused on cyber policy issues and the internet’s role in civil society.

The Rise of the Rest—Entrepreneurship Across America
September 12, 2018
In this fireside-chat discussion, Steve Case, one of America’s best-known and most accomplished entrepreneurs and business leaders, discussed his efforts to support entrepreneurship and technology in America through his “Rise of the Rest” initiative. Read more »

Global Digital Futures Workshop: Dynamics of Cyber Conflict
September 10, 2018
A workshop on the role of civil society in cyber conflict. Presenters included Lennart Maschmeyer (University of Toronto), Bill Marczak (University of California, Berkeley), and Masashi Crete-Nishita (University of Toronto). Read more »

State of the Field Workshop: Digital Transformation
June 15, 2018
The State of the Field Workshop on Digital Transformation examined selected policy issues of our digital age—including digital trade, antitrust, the platform economy, global governance, the internet of things—as well as policy issues related to digital currencies—such as digital identities, security and privacy, and elections and online advertising. Read more »

Field Workshop: Cyber Conflict
June 13, 2018
This year, workshops were separated into four main topic areas: cyber conflict history, legal and ethical issues, intelligence and adversaries, and strategic dynamics of international security.

Global Digital Futures Workshop: Power, Platforms, and the Economy
May 22, 2018

Global Digital Futures Workshop: Emotions and Surprise in Cyberspace
May 4, 2018

Internet of Things—Perspectives from National Planning in Brazil & China
April 23, 2018
SIPA held a workshop to explore how countries could design and implement national policies for the internet of things (IoT) to support the modernization of their industry and economy, based on the recent practical experiences from Brazil and China. Representatives from the government and the private sector involved in the implementation of the national plans from both countries joined Columbia University scholars to address various issues.

The Promise and Peril of Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain
March 28, 2018
Cryptocurrencies like bitcoin and other blockchain technologies have increasingly fascinated economists, consumers, and trade organizations. What is in store for cryptocurrency in the future? What are the possible applications and limitations of blockchain technology? Yumiko Shimabukuro, acting director of the Urban and Social Policy concentration, welcomed expert panelists including Christian Van De Werken MPA ’17, a senior consultant at IBM; Mary Rich, VP of investment strategy for Goldman Sachs; and Paul Vigna, author of The Age of Cryptocurrency (Picador 2016).

Cybersecurity and Healthcare Information Systems
March 27, 2018
Increasingly, healthcare relies on devices connected to the internet and networks of patient data opening up the industry to become more vulnerable to cyber-attacks. How do we leverage the advantages of Internet-of-Things and data for healthcare while keeping patients and healthcare systems secure? Speakers included Dr Wilmot James (CUIMC), Jason Healey (SIPA), Brian Smith-Sweeney (CUMC), Suzanne Schwartz (FDA), and Beau Woods (Atlantic Council).

Global Digital Futures Workshop: Strategic Level of Cyber Conflict
March 16, 2018
The second Global Digital Futures Workshop focused on the strategic dimension of cyber conflict in the context of great power competition in cyberspace. Read more »

Tech & Society Speaker Series: Marietje Schaake
March 1, 2018
Marietje Schaake, a member of the European Parliament representing the Netherlands, joined Dean Merit E. Janow of SIPA to discuss the multi-faceted transatlantic relationship on digital issues. Read more »

Global Digital Futures Workshop: Civil Society in Cyber Conflict
February 16, 2018
SIPA hosted the Global Digital Futures Workshop on civil society in cyber conflict. Researchers from the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto and UC Berkeley came to present on the what the threats are, the frameworks there are to protect targets and how to apply them. Read more »

Tech & Society Speaker Series: Bruce Schneier
February 8, 2018
The renowned technologist Bruce Schneier and Dean Merit E. Janow of SIPA discussed a wide range of security failures in tomorrow's connected world and the role of universities in producing the expertise needed to address them. Watch the conversation or read more »

State of the Panel: Net Neutrality
December 8, 2017
A panel of four experts discussed what the FCC’s expected repeal of the Open Internet Rules would mean for the Internet. Participants were Henning Schulzrinne, a professor of computer science at Columbia and a member of Data Science Institute; Vishal Misra, professor of computer science at Columbia (currently on leave at Google); Sarah Morris, director of open internet policy at the Open Technology Institute; and Peter Boothe, lead software engineer at the Measurement Lab (M-Lab) Project. The panel was moderated by Ethan Katz-Bassett, a professor of electrical engineering at Columbia, who is an expert on Internet services and content delivery, and by Brittney Gallagher, digital culture correspondent for Digital Village, a radio program in Los Angeles that covers the Internet.

Panel Discussion: Governing the Internet
November 27, 2017
A presentation by ICANN, co-hosted by ISOC-NY, on the highlights from the ICANN 60 public meeting and new developments in internet governance. You can watch the video of the event here.

Lunch Discussion: Matt Devlin of Uber
November 20, 2017
A discussion with Matt Delvin of Uber on the main benefits and drawbacks of ride-sharing for a city and described how Uber disrupted the taxi industry to the extent that some cities decided to ban it—a situation Uber is now working to avoid in the future.Tech & Society Speaker

Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge
November 3-4, 2017
Columbia University hosted a national cyber policy competition known as the Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge designed to provide students across academic disciplines with a deeper understanding of the policy challenges associated with cyber crisis and conflict. Read more »

Building a Defensible Cyberspace: Report Launch
November 2, 2017
The New York Cyber Task Force released a report including recommendations on how to make it easier to defend cyberspace without sacrificing the utility, flexibility, and convenience that has made the internet so essential to our economies and personal lives. At the launch event, task force members discussed the report’s groundbreaking findings and recommendations for a more defensible cyberspace. Read more »

Lunch Discussion: Driverless Cities
November 2, 2017
Hod Lipson (Columbia) and Patrick Smith (NYC Department of Transportation) discussed how driverless vehicles would transform cities, their impact on urban planning, and the policy challenges that will arise.

Bridging the Gap: Annual Workshop
November 1-2, 2017
This year’s Bridging the Gap workshop focused on advancing theories of cyber conflict, continuing from last year’s goals of discussing best practices for research design and execution on cyber conflict, as well as professional development panels on related publication and fellowship opportunities.

Digital Economics Working Group
November 1, 2017
World Economic Forum a Digital Economics Working Group with the aspiration to contribute towards a consolidated evidence base on the impact of digital and emerging technologies on economic outcomes as a basis to shape policy.

Global Digital Futures Workshop: Information Warfare and Cyber Tactical Dynamics
October 31, 2017
Jason Healey and Robert Jervis of SIPA joined Herbert Lin of Stanford CISAC to host an afternoon workshop on Information Warfare and Cyber Tactical Dynamics.

Series: Silvio Gonzato
October 26, 2017
Silvio Gonzato and Yochai Benkler discussed countering modern misinformation and the EU experience.

Uptown Cyber Dialogue
October 23, 2017
Discussion with Karsten Geier, head of the Cyber Policy Coordination Staff in Germany’s Federal Foreign Office, focusing on the governance of cyber policy issues. Specifically, the group discussed the future of discussions around international norms in cyberspace after the UN Group of Governmental Experts in 2016-2017 failed to produce a consensus report.

Tech & Society Speaker Series: Julia Powles
September 20, 2017
Julia Powles spoke on Data Protection Beyond Privacy: Google DeepMind, Healthcare, and Algorithms. How can we promote data-driven healthcare while protecting the privacy of patients and the security of their data? Why else should policymakers care about data protection in an age of Artificial Intelligence? Read more »