Kim Taipale

kim taipale



Political Risk and Security
implications of digital transition and IT developments 
Emergence of global information society
IT, national security, and law enforcement
internet and telecommunication governance
foreign intelligence surveillance
information warfare
data mining and data analysis
surveillance society and privacy
information risk management


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. 


  • LL.M
    Columbia Law School
  • Ed.M Communications
    Columbia University
  • M.A. Communications
    Columbia University
  • J.D.
    New York University
  • B.A. Psychology
    New York University


  • World Policy Institute
  • Aspen Institute
  • Stilwell Center
  • Columbia University
  • New York University
  • Parkview Technology Merchant Banking Advisory Services
  • The Credit Junction, LLC
  • K. A. Taipale, “Cyber-deterrence,” (slides PDF) at Boston Global Forum Cyber-security Day Conference, Harvard University (Dec. 12, 2016).
  • K. A. Taipale, “Technological Displacement:  Policy Options,” (slides PDF) at Global Information Society Project, World Policy Institute (Apr. 18, 2016).
  • K. A. Taipale, “Policy Implications,” (slides PDF) at Digital Assets and Liabilities: Valuing the Intangible Economy23rd Annual Aspen Institute Rountable on Information Technology (Jul 7-10, 2014).
  • K. A. Taipale, “Power Curve Economy,” (slides PDF) at Navigating the Emerging Economy, 21st Annual Aspen Institute Roundtable on Information Technology (Jul 31-Aug. 3, 2012).
  • K. A. Taipale, “Governance in an Interconnected World” (slides PDF) at the Atlantic Council (ACUS), Wash., DC (Nov. 14, 2011).
  • K. A. Taipale, “Social Implications,” at The Future of Work, 19th Annual Aspen Institute Roundtable on Information Technology (Aug. 4-6, 2010).
  • K. A. Taipale, Electronic Surveillance in Extremistan,” Texas Law Review Symposium 2010, Univ. of Texas Law School, Austin, TX (Feb 4-6, 2010).
  • Kim Taipale, Policy Issues for Science and Technology in a Surveillance Society at the 32nd Annual AAAS Forum on Science and Technology Policy, Washington, DC, May 3-4, 2007.
  • K. A. Taipale, Deconstructing Information Warfare,” Committee on Policy Consequences and Legal/Ethical Implications of Offensive Information Warfare, The National Academies, Washington, DC, Oct. 30, 2006.
  • K. A. Taipale, Seeking Symmetry in Fourth Generation Warfare: Information Operations and the War of Ideas,” Bantle-Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism (INSCT) Symposium: “Challenges in the Struggle Against Violent Extremism: Winning the War of Ideas” at Syracuse University, Mar. 30, 2006.
  • K. A. Taipale, “Science and Technology: Identity Theft: Policy Implications,” The Heritage Foundation, Washington, DC (Nov. 2, 2005)
  • K. A. Taipale, “Technical and Policy Challenges: Implications for Evolving Business Models,” 16th Annual Economic Crimes Institute Conference, Tysons Corner, VA, Oct. 24, 2005.
  • K. A. Taipale, “Information Policy and the Intelligence Enterprise,” McLean, VA, Apr. 12, 2005.
  • K. A. Taipale, “Information as Warfare: Disrupting Terrorist Networks” at the Yale Information Society Project, “Global Flow of Information” Conference, Yale Law School (Apr. 1-3, 2005).
  • K. A. Taipale, Biometrics and Information Sharing, presented at the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board conference on Technology, Policy, and Cultural Dimensions of Biometric Systems, The National Academies, Washington, DC, Mar. 15-16, 2005.
  • K. A. Taipale, Public Safety vs. Personal Privacy: The Case For and Against Secure Flight,” presented at the InfoSecurity 2004 conference in New York on Dec. 8, 2004.
  • K. A. Taipale, Counterterrorism technology and privacy,” presented at the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security conference on “National Security Law in a Changed World: The 14th Annual Review of the Field,” in Arlington, VA on Nov. 18-19, 2004.
  • K. A. Taipale, Implementing EO 13356: Standardizing Terror Data,” presented at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies Roundtable, “How Should the U.S. Implement Information Sharing? A Discussion on the Executive Order Strengthening the Sharing of Terrorism Information,” Arlington, VA (Nov. 9, 2004)
  • K. A. Taipale, Technology as a Tool to Protect Civil Liberties: Enterprise Architecture and Civil Liberties,” presented at the ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security Counterterrorism Technology and Privacy Conference at Cantigny, IL, Jun. 25, 2005
  • K. A. Taipale, “Technology, Security, and Anonymity: Redefining the Problem Statement,” presented at the WWICS/AAAS/ABA Roundtable “Can Anonymity Survive in Post-9/11 Society,” Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, DC (May 4, 2004)
  • K. A. Taipale, Technology, Security, and Privacy: Designing Technical Features to Support Policy,” presented at the NSF Science and Technology Center for Discrete & Theoretical Computer Science (DIMACS), Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, (Apr. 15, 2004)
  • K. A. Taipale, Technology, Security and Privacy: The Fear of Frankenstein, the Mythology of Privacy and the Lessons of King Ludd,” presented at the Yale Law School CyberCrime and Digital Law Enforcement Conference (Mar. 2004)
  • K. A. Taipale, Identification Systems and Domestic Security: Who’s Who in Whoville, presented at “The Politics and Law of Identity and Identification in the Context of the War on Terror,” The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies and The Heritage Foundation, Arlington, VA (Jan. 28, 2004)
  • K. A. Taipale, Reflections on the Second Markle Foundation Report: Creating a Trusted Information Network for Homeland Security,” presented at “A Critique of the Markle Report on Trusted Information Networks for Homeland Security,” The Heritage Foundation and The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, Washington, DC (Dec. 11, 2003)
  • K. A. Taipale, Technology, Security and Privacy,” Washington DC: presented at “Enabling New Information Technologies in the War on Terrorism,” The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies Roundtable Discussion, Dirksen Senate Office Building, Capital Hill, Washington, DC (Dec. 2, 2003)
  • Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Modernization: Reconciling Signals Intelligence Activity with Targeted Wiretapping [PDF], Testimony of Kim Taipale, U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) Hearing on The Foreign Intelligence Modernization Act of 2007, May 1, 2007.
  • The Privacy Implications of Government Data Mining ProgramsTestimony of Kim Taipale before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Washington, DC (Jan. 10, 2007). [HTML] [PDF]
  • Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Reform [PDF], Testimony of Kim Taipale before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), U.S. House of Representatives, July 19, 2006.
  • Law Enforcement and National Security in the Information Age: Technology, Security, and Privacy in the War on Terror, Dirksen Senate Office Building, Capital Hill, Wash., DC (Oct. 14, 2004).
  • White House Cyber Policy Review Document:
    Paul Trevithick, William Coleman, John Clippinger, and Kim Taipale, Identity and Resilience (2009). Available for download from the White House Cyber Policy Review web site.
  • Kim Taipale presented A Framework for Cyber-deterrence at the Boston Global Forum Cybersecurity Day conference, Harvard University (Dec. 12, 2016).
  • Kim Taipale moderated Technology Innovation and Economic Disruption at the 2nd Annual The Common Good Forum, New York (May 27, 2016).
  • Kim Taipale discussed Technological Displacement: The Future of Work on GISP2016, New York (Apr. 18. 2016)
  • Kim Taipale discussed Identity, Social Trust and the Blockchain at the Global Information Society Project, New York (Mar. 9, 2016).
  • Kim Taipale participated in the Munich Security Conference Roundtable on International Cyber Security Norms, New York (Sep. 8, 2015).
  • Kim Taipale spoke on Privacy and National Security at the The 6th Annual Asian Leadership Conference, Seoul, Korea (May 19-20, 2015).
  • Kim Taipale discussed Technological Displacement, GISP (Mar. 11, 2015).
  • Kim Taipale participated in Digital Assets and Liabilities: Valuing the Intangible Economy (slides) at the 23rd Annual Aspen Institute Rountable on Information Technology (Jul 7-10, 2014).
  • Kim Taipale presented The Future of War: Armed Conflict in the Information Age (slides) at the 6th Annual Int’l Studies Program Conference “The Causes and Costs of War,” Fordham University, New York (Apr. 18, 2013).
  • Kim Taipale presented The Social Implications of a Platform Economy, RESTAT (Mar. 2013).
  • Kim Taipale participated in Negotiating the Emerging Economy (slides) at the 21st Annual Aspen Institute Rountable on Information Technology (Jul 31-Aug 3, 2012).
  • Kim Taipale presented Behavioral Tracking and Social Control, (link) GISP (Nov. 28, 2011).
  • Kim Taipale discussed Governance in an Interconnected World (slides) at the Atlantic Council (ACUS), Wash., DC (Nov. 14, 2011).
  • Kim Taipale participated in Reframing the Global Cyber Threat, Arlington, VA (Oct. 2011).
  • Kim Taipale moderated Political Salon with Misha Glenny, author of DarkMarket
    Cyberthieves, Cybercops, and You
    , World Policy Institute (Oct. 11, 2011).
  • Kim Taipale discussed Security: Present and Future Challenges at the Blouin Creative Leadership Summit, New York, NY (Sep. 19-20, 2011).
  • Kim Taipale presented Predictive Analytics and Perception Shaping, EU-ITA (Jun. 8-9, 2011).
  • Kim Taipale discussed Strategic Cyberdefense, George Washington University School of Law (Nov. 18, 2010).
  • Kim Taipale participated in Addressing Complex Problems, Highlands Forum XLIII (OSD), Phoenix, Arizona (Nov. 7-9, 2010).
  • Kim Taipale participated in The Future of Work, 19th Annual Aspen Institute Roundtable on Information Technology (Aug. 3-6, 2010) (slides).
  • Kim Taipale participated in No More Secrets: National Security Strategies for a Transparent World sponsored by the ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security, the Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive, and the National Strategy Forum, Wash., DC (Jun. 29, 2010).
  • Kim Taipale discussed Cyber Security, Cyber Warfare, and National Security at “National Security Challenges and the Obama Administration“, Duke University School of Law, Durham, NC (Apr. 15-16).
  • Kim Taipale discussed Cyberspace and the Fourth Amendment at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces 2010 Annual Judicial Conference, Washington, DC (Mar. 10-11, 2010).
  • Kim Taipale discussed “The Rise of America’s Surveillance State” with author Shane Harris at The Brookings Institution, Wash. DC (Mar. 11, 2010).
  • Kim Taipale discussed Counterterrorism 2.0: Using IT to Connect the Dots at the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, Wash., DC (Feb.23, 2010).
  • Kim Taipale discussed Technology, Law and National Security at the Texas Law Review Symposium 2010, Univ. of Texas Law School, Austin, TX (Feb 4-6, 2010). [slides]