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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 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 with studies on the behavior of threat actors (e.g. hackers, data brokers). 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 systems.

I am currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Digital Life Initiative in the Cornell-Tech campus of Cornell University, hosted by Prof. Helen Nissenbaum. I study how to develop secure and accountable digital infrastructures for shaping a fair and reliable digital world.  I also work with Israel's National Cyber Directorate on stimulating the market for cyber insurance.

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  historical institutionalism and political patterns in coping with cyber insecurity and the erosion of privacy. It also emphasizes the disconnection between cyber risk perceptions and policy outputs as well as the instrumental distribution of authority between public and private actors through standardization and certification at the EU.  The first article from the dissertation is available at Policy & Internet. The second is upcoming at the Journal of Risk Research The third article is still under review.  The dissertation was supervised by Prof. David Levi-Faur.

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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