headshot web - B&WBy way of an intro, currently:

  • I am the Research Director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at the Columbia School of Journalism.  Here I coordinate a research program on digital technology and journalism.
  • I founded and now edit an international affairs media platform called OpenCanada.org. This site is an experiment in building a community at the intersection of research, journalism and public policy.
  • I direct a research project called the International Relations and Digital Technology Project.  Through this project, based at UBC and the CIC, we are exploring the theoretical and practical impact of digital technology on the field of international relations.
  • I am currently writing a book for Oxford University Press, titled Disruptive Power: How Digital Technology is Reshaping International Affairs, due out in 2014.

My PhD was on the concept of human security, exploring how mapping and spatially analyzing local vulnerability data can help us better understand the nature of extreme insecurity.  My current personal research, however, now focuses on the intersection of digital technology and international relations.  I am interested in how ubiquitous digital technology challenges the institutions, systems and norms that control the broadly defined space of international affairs.  Through my position at Columbia, I also write about and coordinate a research program on the evolving space of digital media and journalism.

I use this site as a contact point and as an aggregator of my academic work and broader writing.  I crosspost writing from the Tow Center, OpenCanada, the IRDTP, as well as other media.


A bit more officially:

Taylor Owen is the Research Director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at the Columbia School of Journalism. He is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian International Council’s international affairs platform OpenCanada.org, the Director of the International Relations and Digital Technology Project, an international research project exploring the intersection of information technology and international affairs, and the Research Director of the Munk Debates. His Doctorate is from the University of Oxford where he was a Trudeau Scholar.

He was previously a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia, a Fellow in the Genocide Studies Program at Yale University, a Research Fellow at the Center for Global Governance at the London School of Economics and a Researcher at the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo. His research and writing focuses on the intersection between information technology and international affairs. Taylor Owen’s publications can be found at www.taylorowen.com and can be followed at @taylor_owen.