Teaching and Leadership
All our students are introduced to key policy debates in Internet regulation as a core part of our teaching programmes. The multi-disciplinary masters course on Internet Technologies and Regulation exposes students to basic communications and computer science materials on the core technological principles of the Internet, as well as more traditional social science materials such as public policy documents, reports and academic texts. In order to reinforce students’ appreciation of the importance of adopting a technologically-informed approach to studying the Internet, the course covers several key policy debates such as content regulation, privacy and security and Internet governance, in each case identifying the extent to which the range of policy options is narrowed or expanded by fast-moving technological innovation, and shifts in public policy and regulation. This enables students to appreciate the broader implications and relevance of academic study in this field.
Digital technology is transforming society — and with it the landscape for policy makers. Yet the broad scope, complexity and rapid pace of change can deter conversation beyond expert circles. To encourage wider involvement, we have developed the Internet Leadership Academy, a part-time course providing an objective overview of all sides of the major policy debates shaping our digital future. Supported by Google, this programme offers a combination of virtual lectures and real-time online discussions to around twenty up-and-coming policy and thought leaders from across Europe.
We also offer to teaching on Internet-related policy issues to MPP students at the Blavatnik School of Government, most recently on the challenges of governing in the digital age, and the potential contributions of big data for policy.