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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

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.

The Surveillance Arms Race

The Surveillance Arms Race

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February 15, 2013

Taylor Owen on how western technology companies are helping autocratic governments monitor and control their citizens.

Canadian Online Publishing Awards

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September 28, 2012

We are very proud to announce that OpenCanada.org is a finalist for three Canadian Online Publishing Awards: – Best overall online-only publication website– Best Blog (for the Roundtable)– Best online-only article or series of articles (for our series The Future of Fighting) Congratulations to our Roundtable bloggers, Roland Paris, Jennifer Welsh, John Hancock, Stephen Saideman, Gregory […]

How The New Yorker Goes Viral

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August 9, 2011

For years I have read The New Yorker as a non-US print subscriber. This meant that somewhere between a few days and a week after an issue was published, it arrived in the mail. The uncertainty of its arrival is fun, and the novelty of flipping through the Goings on About Town to find the […]

Have the Taliban Changed their Tune on Women’s Rights?

Have the Taliban Changed their Tune on Women’s Rights?

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July 19, 2011

I find that the subject of women’s rights in Afghanistan is a difficult one to engage with. To some, the shocking standard to which women were treated under the Taliban represents a key reason for our presence there. To others, the goal of gender equality is a PR front for the actual reasons we intervened. […]

More on the Integrity of the Comprehensive Approach

More on the Integrity of the Comprehensive Approach

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July 1, 2011

I just had a conversation regarding my last post with a NATO Public Diplomacy official. In short, my argument was that in RC-N the ANP appear incapable of holding villages so that the building can take place, and that there are vastly more resources focused on the military component on the mission. The response I […]

Notes from Mazar e Sherif: Tactical Challenges, Strategic Quagmire

Notes from Mazar e Sherif: Tactical Challenges, Strategic Quagmire

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June 29, 2011

I am writing this on my phone from a c160 flying from mazar e sharif to herat where we have spent the past 48hrs. This morning, we awoke to the news that last night insurgents struck an international hotel in Kabul.  This felt a world away, and frankly, neither surprises me, nor tells us very […]

First Impressions from ISAF HQ in Kabul

First Impressions from ISAF HQ in Kabul

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June 28, 2011

I am in Afghanistan as part of a NATO TOLA tour. On Friday the six participants met in Brussels for a day of briefings at the NATO HQ, and then flew to Kabul together.  For 8 days, we are to be treated to incredible access to civilian, military and Afghan leaders.  There is no doubt […]

The Munk Debates, Henry Kissinger and Polite Company

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June 26, 2011

For the past few years I have worked on the Munk Debates. Officially, I am the Research Director. Unofficially, I help out however I can and get to be a part of a unique and fun event. The debate last week was on China and featured Henry Kissinger and Fareed Zakaria versus Nial Ferguson and […]

Welcome to Opencanada.org!

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June 20, 2011

For the past eight months I have had the thrill of working with the CIC to answer the following question: what if the CIC wanted to build the online hub for international affairs discussion in Canada?  The challenge was to merge an organizational website, with a media platform.  This site is our first iteration of […]

Four Ways to Reinvigorate the Canadian Foreign Policy Debate

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June 20, 2011

Last fall, I participated in a workshop hosted by L’Idée Fédérale, a think tank in Montreal headed by one of our Roundtable bloggers, André Pratte.  The topic was modest – “A Bold New Vision for Canada” – and we were all tasked with presenting on an aspect of our changing federation, in my case foreign […]