International Relations and Digital Technology Project

The International Relations and Digital Technology Project is a new and innovative research initiative analyzing the impact of ubiquitous digital technology on the theory and practice of international relations.

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Taylor Owen on why cryptocurrencies should make governments nervous

March 24, 2014

IRDTP Director Taylor Owen just published an excellent piece on Vice News yesterday about the future of bitcoin. Here’s an excerpt: The characteristics that make Bitcoin so powerful, such as its anonymity and decentralized network, mean that it is also very difficult to control. The same technology that facilitates illicit transactions will also underlie legal [...]

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The International Relations and Digital Technology Project (IRDTP) is a new and innovative research initiative analyzing the impact of ubiquitous digital technology on the theory and practice of International Relations.

The IRDTP will support innovative theoretical research, multimedia storytelling, and experimental projects to explore the intersection of digital technology and international relations. The IRDTP is a partnership between three organizations, leveraging each of their respective positions and areas of expertise to feed into the project’s research outcomes: the Canadian International Council, the Liu Institute for Global Issues and the UBC Graduate School of Journalism. The IRDTP received a two-year Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Partnership Development Grant to build and support its activities.

As the boundaries between the theory and practice of international affairs blur, and technology further transforms how we interact across borders, there is a need for projects that push the boundaries of technological innovation. We think of these not as purely research projects, but as applied experiments. They will be hosted by IRDTP, with the results carefully documented and disseminated.

The IRDTP’s objectives are two-fold: (i) to analyze how digital technology has challenged the underlying assumptions and distribution of actors in International Relations, as well as the wider social sciences context; and, (ii) to experiment with ways in which digital technologies actualize and push the discipline of International Relations forward. At its core, IRDTP will be a virtual hub for research and experimentation, innovating new ways and methods in which we can study international phenomena. The theoretical aspects of the project will be grounded in the International Relations discourse, seeking to provide a robust theoretical framework within which scholars can adequately and rigorously consider digital technology. The experimentation components of the project will build on the practical elements of the research.

           
             
         

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  1. to analyze how digital technology has challenged the underlying assumptions and distribution of actors in International Relations, as well as the wider social sciences context

  2. to experiment with ways in which digital technologies actualize and push the discipline of International Relations forward

  3. evolve and modernize the foundational assumptions of International Relations

  4. evaluate how digital technologies can help in the accumulation and distillation of knowledge in International Relations

  5. employ digital tools to creatively and collaboratively expand the International Relations conversation

  6. bring together traditional and emergent actors in International Relations with pioneers in data collection, analysis, interpretation and visualization to test platforms and technologies that will be of major practical benefit to international actors

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