Events

Sep 30 | 12:50pm - 2:20pm

Careers in Digital and Technology Public Policy: A Conversation with Nicky Jackson Colaco

Are you interested in pursuing a career in digital and / or technology policy? Have you thought about how you can apply your SIPA experience to working in technology or with social media companies? Then join us on September 30, 2020 from 1:00PM EST - 2:00 PM EST for a special fireside chat with Nicky Jackson Colaço (MIA, '09) as we discuss her career leading policy teams at the major technology companies and the main focus areas of decision-makers in this space. Please note: -Chatham House rules will be in effect. -A Zoom link will be shared with students who RSVP. About Nicky: Nicky Jackson Colaco joined Facebook in 2009 and was most recently Director of Public Policy, Instagram. She worked cross-functionally to address public policy issues on Instagram and across the Internet. At Instagram, Nicky helped conceptualize and implement the CEO’s mission to make Instagram the safest, most inclusive platform in the world. She helped design innovative safety tools for Instagram’s 1B active users, and built social programs that support the Instagram community. She created Instagram’s #MyStory photo project, which showcases work by female photographers breaking gender stereotypes, and she collaborated with Miley Cyrus and the Happy Hippie Foundation on InstaPride, a study of social issues impacting the transgender population. In August, 2017, Nicky was featured in Wired magazine for work using artificial intelligence to address negative online interactions, and in February, 2016, she was profiled on NPR’s Inflection Point, a program about women changing the status quo. Prior to joining Instagram, Nicky managed online privacy and safety for Facebook’s community of one billion users. While at Facebook, she met regularly with world leaders, elected officials, and policymakers on issues ranging from global privacy regulation to digital education curricula for parents. From 2003 to 2007, Nicky managed international consumer product policy for Google in Mountain View, California. In 2004, she spent a year in Hyderabad, India, growing Google’s first operations office to a team of over 100 in 10 months. For her work in India, she received Google’s Luminary Award recognizing extraordinary achievement. Before joining Google, Nicky spent a year in a fishing village in Hokkaido, Japan teaching English. Nicky is a mother of two delightfully messy boys, and holds a B.S. in Media and Communications from Northwestern University and Master of International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

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Oct 30 | 1:00pm - Sat, Oct 31 at 1:00pm

New York Cyber 9/12 Virtual Strategy Competition

In the Atlantic Council’s Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge, students take on the role of policymakers responding the day after a fictional cyber catastrophe. Part competitive scenario, part interactive learning experience – the challenge pushes teams across academic disciplines to respond to a realistic, and ever-evolving cyber attack while assessing the threat it poses to national, international and private sector interests. DEADLINE TO REGISTER: October 9th at midnight EST! The Digital and Cyber Group at Columbia University will host its 5th New York Challenge FULLY ONLINE on October 30-31st, 2020. We hope to see you there. Please note that we have a capacity for 28 teams. Openings are accepted on a case by case basis and if we surpass our capacity, we will will utilize the short essays required in the registration form to select the competing teams.

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