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KAFP 3295 - Disruptive Technologies and Public Policy

Type d'enseignement : Lecture alone

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : to be defined

Language of tuition : English


There is no pre requisite for this course

Course Description

The dynamics of public decision is playing out in a rapidly changing environment. Humanity is facing new challenges in a more complex and open world. New technologies, new constraints on resources, and, therefore, new sources of benefits and conflicts emerge. These new technologies challenge the process of decision making in completely new ways. What to do, for instance, with: artificial intelligence, geo-engineering, genetic engineering or the massive accumulation of private data? Future policy makers need to be aware on how scientists think about those issues and interact with the rest of the society. This course provides an in-depth analysis of these questions with scientists who introduce the main above-listed technological and digital topics, and the associated challenges raised for public policy. Students will be invited to draw their own conclusions through questioning on how science may influence public decisions.


  • LAMB, Thoma (PHD student)
  • LENOIR, Alexis C. (President, Datagora)

Pedagogical format

It is a blended learning course. Students learn both online with the material, through peer interactions and in the classroom from invited speakers and from peers.

Course validation

Assessments will be presented during the first class. It typically includes an active participation in the preparation of each lecture and organization of the session with invited experts, the writing one policy brief and a collaborative report.


2 hours of preparation per week. 5 hours for the collaborative report.