ThinkMacro is my personal website. I am Dmitry Epstein, an Assistant Professor of Digital Policy in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago. My work focuses on the intersection of information, technology, policy, and society. Specifically, I study Internet governance, information technology policy and its assumptions, and online civic engagement in policymaking. In the past I have also looked into questions of information access and the digital divide. If you are interested, please visit my research page for further details.

My work is global and cross-disciplinary. While working on my PhD in the Department of Communication at Cornell, and as a fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, I have spent time looking into institutionalization of Internet governance and the evolution of Internet governance discourse within the UN. During my postdoc at Cornell Law School, I worked with the interdisciplinary Cornell eRulemaking Initiative investigating technology and practices behind effective online civic engagement in complex policymaking processes. The best way to learn more about my work is through my publications. If you are a student, or a prospective student, interested in what I do, please take a look at the students page.

Among the different academic networks and associations I am part of, I am particularly engaged in the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet). Currently I serve as a Vice Chair of GigaNet and I am a member of its Steering Committee. In addition I actively participate in Program and Membership committees.  In the past, I served as a Communication Officer of GigaNet. To my academic activity, I bring experiences of working in the venture capital and consulting industries, as well as a record of social activism in international development. Sometimes (rather rarely these days) I share some of my musings about all of the above on my blog.

My 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. Please see my publications page for specific references and papers.

This website was inspired by websites of others, whom I respect as scholars, communicators, and people. Many thanks to Dan Cosley, Eszter Hargittai, Zizi Papacharissi, and Michael Zimmer for maintaining such great web presence! Photo credit for the picture on the homepage – Imagining the Internet project.

(last updated: 04/2016)