Tech Policy Design Centre

Reimagining how governance shapes technology

The Tech Policy Design Centre will reimagine how governance shapes technology. We aim to develop a new generation of fit-for-purpose tech governance frameworks. We will draw on world-leading inter-disciplinary expertise across ANU and collaborate with industry, government and civil society.

Technology is not neutral.

Technology is a mirror that reflects the environment in which it is designed, manufactured, used and disposed.

Technology can be made differently.


The challenge

Digital technologies are interwoven in the fabric of our society, culture, economy and security. Calls for enhanced public and private governance continue to grow. Existing policy structures and frameworks are struggling to address at pace the complexities and interdependencies presented by these technologies. Globally, there is an urgent and increasing demand for new approaches to technology policy.

The mission

Develop fit-for-purpose tech governance frameworks to shape technology for the long-term benefit of humanity.

The method

Foster mature public debate and conduct world-leading research in collaboration with industry, government, civil society and academia.

What makes us different?

  • We recognise policy and governance as a tool that shapes technology
  • We collaborate with industry, government, civil society and academia
  • Our objective is to mature the tech governance eco-system
  • Our research supports our ambition to evolve the eco-system
  • Our approach is technology-neutral and discipline agnostic
  • We are global in perspective, but we specialise in the Indo-Pacific
  • We build communities, not technology
  • We are independent: we work with - but not for - industry and government
  • Our diversity is our strength

Who will be the beneficiaries?

  • Industry: mature the tech governance eco-system; move beyond retrofitting government recommendations; co-design fit-for-purpose frameworks.
  • Government: collaborate with experts; develop world-leading frameworks tailored to specific regulatory objectives.
  • Academia: translate research into impact; develop the evidence base to inform a new generation of tech policy and governance frameworks.
  • Society: demand fit-for-purpose tech governance frameworks that minimise the harms and maximise technology's economic and social benefits.

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