Taylor Owen joined the CIGI Board of Directors in March 2015. He is an assistant professor of digital media and global affairs at the University of British Columbia and a senior fellow at the Columbia Journalism School. He is the founder of the international affairs website OpenCanada.org.

His research and writing focuses on the intersection between media, technology and public policy. Taylor is the author or co-editor of many books and book chapters, reports, academic articles, and magazine and newspaper articles, including recently Disruptive Power: The Crisis of the State in the Digital Age (Oxford University Press), Journalism After Snowden: The Future of the Free Press in the Surveillance State (Columbia University Press) and The Platform Press: How Silicon Valley Re-engineered Journalism (Columbia Journalism School and Tow Center for Digital Journalism).

He was previously the research director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University, where he designed and led a program studying the impact of digital technology on the practice of journalism. He was also a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia, a fellow in the Genocide Studies Program at Yale University, a research fellow with LSE Global Governance at the London School of Economics and a researcher at the Peace Research Institute Oslo.