Newman Emphasizes Global Perspective on Data
It’s a passion that goes back to when he was studying not far from the Silicon Valley. Newman earned his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley during the height of the dot-com boom. “Everywhere you went, the politics of cyberspace was a topic of conversation,” he says.
Now an SFS assistant professor, Newman has the opportunity to impart to students greater understanding of an issue that – with its global dimensions – is even more critical today than it was a decade ago.
“The EU Parliament… wants to be a player in transatlantic security decisions – and the United States will just have to accept it,” Newman argued in a February ForeignPolicy.com op-ed co-authored by Henry Farrell. The piece suggested that the U.S. consider reactivating the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board – an advisory panel reporting to the White House that came into existence after the September 11 attacks and subsequent legislation.
Newman says one pleasure in teaching at SFS is that students arrive eager to learn about trans-Atlantic dynamics. “The freshmen – they’re exceptional. Student engagement is very high,” he says. Newman adds that another key aspect of the Georgetown experience is the fact that he is surrounded by thoughtful colleagues: “No other university in the country has our caliber of thinking when it comes to international relations.”