Microsoft-UCD Digital Policy Programmes Launched   

With support from Microsoft Ireland, UCD has established the Microsoft-UCD Digital Policy Programme at UCD with the goal of building a digital policy capability in Ireland and Europe. The programme aims to fulfil the demand for digital policy knowledge and skills in the policy ecosystem, including the public service in Ireland and the wider European Union, with features that will fill this need in the short term, while also building a sustainable pipeline of skills for long-term impact. It will build on existing expertise and curriculum already offered at UCD, while also recruiting fresh talent to develop and oversee its success.

This new programme includes Graduate Study and Professional Development courses:
MSc Digital Policy
Diploma in Digital Policy 
Professional Certificate in Digital Policy

A Message from our Programme Director Prof Kalpana Shankar:
kalpana shankarThe programme is designed to prepare graduates for careers in evaluating, implementing, and studying core topical, theoretical, and methodological issues that arise in digital policy today.
Designed to offer graduates the opportunity to study some of the core topical, theoretical, and methodological issues that arise when investigating the institutional and public policy dimensions of the prevalence of digital technology, digital infrastructure, and data production, capture, and analysis in all dimensions of life. It will also allow students to study the underlying social conditions (economic, political, and cultural) that give rise to such technologies and their governance, as well as the multiple public sector and commercial contexts where policy is made and enacted.


New Assistant Professor/Lecturer in Digital Policy:
Elizabeth Farries
Elizabeth Farries will be joining UCD as an Assistant Professor in Digital Policy this September. Called to the Bar in Canada, she holds a JD from the University of Victoria, a Masters in Information from the University of Toronto, and is completing a PhD in Law at Trinity College Dublin. Elizabeth publishes, advises, and lectures at the intersection of tech, policy and human rights. She also consults on digital matters for the International Network of Civil Liberties Organizations and the Irish Council for Civil Liberties.


Digital Policy Workshop engaging key stakeholders:

The first workshop took place on the 30th May 2019 with the aim of drawing together key stakeholders from government, industry, NGOs and academia to engage on articulating key challenges in digital policy and the opportunities for deeper research and learning. Stakeholders from government, industry, NGOs and academia engaged in articulating key challenges in digital policy and the opportunities for deeper research and learning.