Taylor Owen Profile

Taylor Owen / @taylor_owen

Founder and Publisher of OpenCanada.org and Assistant Professor of Digital Media and Global Affairs at UBC

Taylor Owen is Assistant Professor of Digital Media and Global Affairs at the University of British Columbia and a Senior Fellow at the Columbia Journalism School. He was previously the Research Director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University where he designed and led a program studying the impact of digital technology on the practice of journalism. He is the founder and publisher of OpenCanada.org, an award-winning international affairs website, the Director of the International Relations and Digital Technology Projects, an international research project exploring the intersection of information technology and international affairs, and is on the Board of Directors of the Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). His Doctorate is from the University of Oxford where he was a Trudeau Scholar. He is the author, most recently, of Disruptive Power: The Crisis of the State in the Digital Age (OUP, 2015). He was previously a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia, a Fellow in the Genocide Studies Program at Yale University, a Research Fellow at the Center for Global Governance at the London School of Economics and a Researcher at the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo. His research and writing focuses on the intersection between information technology and international affairs. Taylor Owen’s publications can be found at www.taylorowen.com and can be followed at @taylor_owen.

Most Recent Posts


Buzz Kill

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March 12, 2013
What does being constantly watched sound like? Taylor Owen on the under-appreciated costs of living under drones.

2011 Roundup

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January 4, 2012
While the Arab Spring rocked the world and the euro collapsed, OpenCanada too saw lots of action. 2011 in review.