Governments and businesses collect large amounts of data about people and behavior and rely on information systems more than ever before. This provides both opportunities and threats. Data can be used to solve pressing policy problems, increase efficiencies, and create new business solutions, but also raises concerns about ethics, security and privacy.

In the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences (EPPS), our faculty and students have experience working with “messy data.” They apply computer science tools to predict and identify efficient solutions to public policy and social challenges. Newer techniques, like machine learning, natural language processing, crowdsourced surveys, and text scraping are taught alongside tried-and-true tools like Stata, R, Python and Javascript.

EPPS has also partnered with the Department of Computer Science to offer our new MS in Cyber Security, Technology and Policy degree.  This degree is designed for students who want the training to analyze cybersecurity and technology issues and implementation challenges using an interdisciplinary and strategic approach.  Graduates will be prepared for managerial and analyst positions in a wide array of professional settings in the public and private sectors. 

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Joe Earl Linson BA’79

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