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Ido Sivan Sevilla

"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit." (Harry S. Truman)

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I am a social scientist & technologist, interested in bridging technology and policy through comparatively analyzing policy frameworks for digital technology risks across nations, sectors, and contexts. I also aim to complement research at the policy level on policy design with studies on the behavior of threat actors (e.g. hackers, data brokers) to study policy compliance. I test theories of the policy process on digital risk governance policies and seek to contribute applied knowledge to policymakers in order to develop frameworks for secure and accountable governmental and organizational data governance systems.

I am currently an Assistant Professor at the College of Information Studies, University of Maryland. I was previously a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Digital Life Initiative in the Cornell-Tech campus of Cornell University, hosted by Prof. Helen Nissenbaum. I focus on cybersecurity, privacy, inequality, manipulation, and discrimination problems in our data-capitalist economy. I empirically investigate the online advertising industry, the FinTech online lending infrastructure, the cyber insurance ecosystem (with Israel's National Cyber Directorate), and data management practices by enterprises.

I had completed my PhD at the School of Public Policy and Government, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. I was funded by the national scholarships of The Azrieli Foundation and The Hoffman Leadership and Responsibility Program. I also served as a Cybersecurity Research Fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) at the Tel Aviv University and worked with Israel Democracy Institute (IDI).

My dissertation aims to explain policy change in governing digital technology risks based on a longitudinal analysis of US and EU cybersecurity and privacy policy regimes. It highlights how historical institutionalism and political patterns limit policymakers in coping with cyber insecurity and the erosion of privacy. The projects emphasized the unsatisfying development of US federal privacy policy institution with regards to government information collection, the disconnection between cyber risk framings and policy outputs by US policymakers, and the instrumental distribution of authority between public and private actors in the EU cybersecurity certification regime. The first article from the dissertation is available at Policy & Internet. The second at the Journal of Risk Research The third article is still under review.  The dissertation was supervised by Prof. David Levi-Faur. My work was also published in the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs Blog, The Columbia Science and Technology Law Review Blog, and NATO's International Conference on Cyber Conflict (CyCon).

Through this site, I share thoughts, opinions, essays, and data on the socio-technical risk-regulatory regimes in the digital age.  So dig in, have fun, and make yourself at home.

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