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Kim Taipale

Senior Fellow
Director, Global Information Society Project 
Expertise: Social, economic, commercial, legal and policy implications of digital transition and information technology developments. Emergence of the global information society; information technology, national security and law enforcement;  internet and telecommunication governance; foreign intelligence surveillance; information warfare; data mining and data analysis; cybercrime; surveillance society and privacy; information risk management. 

Experience: Kim Taipale is the founder and executive director of the Stilwell Center for Advanced Studies in Science and Technology Policy ( - a private non-partisan research and advisory organization focused on information, technology, and national security policy. At the World Policy Institute he is the Director of the Global Information Society Project (
Mr. Taipale is also an adjunct professor of law at New York Law School, serves on the Markle Task Force on National Security in the Information Age, and, previously, served on the Science and Engineering for National Security Advisory Board of The Heritage Foundation, the LexisNexis Information Policy Forum, and the Steering Committee of the American Law Institute's digital information privacy project.  Mr. Taipale is also a partner of Stilwell Holding LLC, a private investment firm, and a venture partner of Parkview Technology Merchant Bank. Mr. Taipale was previously a senior fellow at Columbia University, an investment banker at Lazard Frères & Company, an executive at a Fortune 500 technology, transportation and aerospace manufacturing company, and a lawyer at Davis Polk & Wardwell. Mr. Taipale is a frequent invited speaker, has appeared before Congressional and other national committees, and is the author of numerous academic papers, journal articles, and book chapters on information, technology, and national security issues.  Mr. Taipale has also helped develop, secure funding for, and implement a number of non-profit information technology related projects, including the Harlem Environmental Access Project, the Advanced Media in Education Project, and others. 
B.A., Psychology, New York University
J.D., New York University
M.A., Communications, Columbia University
Ed.M, Communications, Columbia University
LL.M, Columbia Law School

Coming soon... in the meantime, review a select number of recent publications here -
Privacy vs. Security? Security HuffingtonPost. November 9, 2007.
Interview with Government Computer News (GCN), January 22, 2007.
"Rethinking Foreign Intelligence Surveillance," World Policy Journal, Vol. 23, No. 4, 2006/07.
Appeared on the PBS program Nanotechnology: Privacy and Security (PBS April 2008).
Discussed Are the Telecoms Complicit in Wiretapping? as part of Justice Talking: The Tension Between Security and Liberty in the War on Terror on National Public Radio (NPR) (Mar. 3, 2008). (audio available)
Appeared on Digital Age with James Goodale to discussEncryption and Information Security (WNYE-PBS) on January 16, 2008. Video here.
Appeared on Digital Age with James Goodale: Will the CIA Ever Learn to Blog? (WNYE-PBS) on March 18, 2007 (also Jul. 1, 2007) Video here.
To discuss "The Impact of Globalization on Cybersecurity," at the Third Annual Global Creative Leadership Summit in New York from September 21-23, 2008. 
Will participate in Identity in the Age of Cloud Computing: Implications for Social Interaction, Governance and Money, Seventeenth Annual Aspen Institute Roundtable on Information Technology (Jul. 29-Aug.1).
To present Key Cyberspace Policy Issues, Security Policy and Crisis Management Program, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Washington, DC June 20, 2008.
Presented A Framework for Global Cybersecurity Policy, PTCP, New York, May 15, 2008.
Presented Ambiguity in Context at Deterrence in an Information Setting, Highlands Forum XXXIV (OSD), Wye River, MD (Apr. 27-29, 2008).
Kim Taipale keynoted Security in the Global Marketplace, Forbes CEO Breakfast Series, November 15, 2007.
Debated "Privacy vs. National Security" as part of the Miller Center on Public AffairsNational Debate Series, Washington, DC, November. 13, 2007.
Discussed Foreign Intelligence Surveillance at the NYLS Media Law & Policy conference at the New York City Bar Association, March 29, 2007.
Kim Taipale testified on the Privacy Implications of Government Data Mining Programs before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, January 10, 2007. [HTML] [PDF]


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