Dmitry Epstein

Assistant Professor

Dmitry Epstein's work focuses on the intersection of information, technology, policy, and society. Specifically, he studies Internet governance, information policy assumptions, and online civic engagement in policymaking. In the past he has also studied questions of information access and the digital divide.

Dmitry's work is global and cross-disciplinary. While at Cornell, and as a fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, he has spent time looking into institutionalization of Internet governance and its discourse within the UN. During his postdoc at Cornell Law School, he worked with the interdisciplinary Cornell eRulemaking Initiative investigating technology and practices behind effective online civic engagement in complex policymaking processes. He is currently a member of the Steering Committee of Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet) where he serves as a Communication Officer and as a member of the Program Committee.  To his academic activity, Dmitry brings a record of work in the venture capital and consulting industries, as well as a record of social activism in international development.

Dmitry's work has appeared in a number of edited volumes and scholarly journals such as The Information Society, Journal of Information Technology, Journal of Information Policy, and Wake Forest Law Review.

  • PhD, Cornell University, Communication
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Epstein, D. (2015). Duality squared: Technology and governance in the making of the web. In Lind R. A. (ed.) Produsing theory in a digital world 2.0, pp. 41-56. New-York, NY: Peter Lang Press.

Epstein, D., Heidt, J., and Farina, C. R. (2014). The value of words: Narrative as evidence in policymaking. Evidence and Policy, 10(2), 243-258.

Epstein, D., Ross, M., and Baumer, E. (2014). It’s the definition, stupid! Framing of online privacy in the Internet Governance Forum debates. Journal of Information Policy, 4, online.

Epstein, D. (2013). The making of institutions of information governance: The case of the Internet Governance Forum. Journal of Information Technology, 28(2), 137-149.

Farina, C. R., Epstein, D., Heidt, J. and Newhart, M. J. (2012). Knowledge in the people: Rethinking “value” in public rulemaking participation. Wake Forest Law Review, 47(5), 1185-1241.

Epstein, D. (2011). The analog history of the ‘digital divide.’ In Park, D.W., Jankowski, N., and Jones, S. (eds.) The Long History of New Media, p.127-144. New-York, NY: Peter Lang Press.

Epstein, D., Nisbet, E., and Gillespie, T.  (2011). Who is responsible for the digital divide? Public perceptions and policy implications. The Information Society, 27(2), 92-104.