MIT Internet Policy Research Initiative (IPRI)
The mission of the Internet Policy Research Initiative (IPRI) is to work with policy makers and technologists to increase the trustworthiness and effectiveness of interconnected digital systems. We accomplish this through engineering and public policy research, education and engagement. There is a pressing need to bridge the gap between the technical and policy communities, and we are doing this with our fully interdisciplinary research approach that pulls together expertise from across MIT and beyond. IPRI is led by faculty researchers from engineering, social science and management labs at MIT and located at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL).
On Saturday, March 17, 2018, The Guardian and The New York Times both reported that a political research and data science firm called Cambridge Analytica had inappropriately harvested data from the Facebook profiles of over 50 million people—the vast majority of whom had not provided consent for their data to be used for political and psychological profiling.
We’re here to provide both technical and policy background on the Cambridge Analytica (CA) incident to illustrate the extent and potential harms of the user data that was stolen, and to provide some ideas for the way forward.
IPRI awards $1.5 million for MIT cybersecurity research projects across campus
MIT’s interdisciplinary Internet Policy Research Initiative (IPRI) awarded $1.5 million to researchers across campus working Internet policy and cybersecurity-related research projects.
Erin Kenneally (DHS)
Data trust and innovation at the DHS Cyber Security Division
Final class of 6.s978 Privacy Legislation: Law and Technology
Canadian CRTC head Jean Pierre Blais discusses Canadian telecom policy
Canadian CRTC head Jean-Pierre Blais and Internet pioneer and MIT Senior Research Scientist David Clark discussed the past, present, and future of Canadian telecom policy and its relationship with the U.S.
Professor Tim Berners-Lee receives the Turing Award for 2017
In its announcement today, ACM cited Tim Berners-Lee for “inventing the World Wide Web, the first web browser, and the fundamental protocols and algorithms allowing the web to scale.” Tim leads the Decentralized Information Group and is a principal investigator in IPRI.
Keeping America Safe
The digital systems that control critical infrastructure in the United States and most other countries are easily penetrated and architecturally weak.
This report identifies the most strategic of these challenges and proposes a policy and research agenda that has the potential to achieve significantly higher levels of security in critical networks over a five- to ten-year period. This report makes both long- and short-term recommendations of broad applicability to critical infrastructure in the United States and, excepting certain legal and regulatory matters, to critical infrastructure globally.
MIT’s Internet Policy Research Initiative hosted a discussion in March 2017 with ProPublica’s Julia Angwin on algorithmic accountability and the role of machine learning in societal decisions, including criminal sentencing.
By Nathaniel Fruchter, Michael Specter, Ben Yuan Introduction On Saturday, March 17, 2018, The Guardian…Read More
By: Amy Guy As part of the work on decentralized architectures for the Web, researchers…Read More
Research: “My Bank Already Gets this Data”: Exposure Minimisation and Company Relationships in Privacy Decision-MakingPublished on 2017-06-05
How do individuals make data privacy related decisions? It turns out people rely heavily on…Read More
How Safe Is The Infrastructure We Consider Critical? The critical networks keep America’s lights on,…Read More
Most users of smartphone apps remain unaware of what data about them is being collected,…Read More
In this study, we report on techniques and analyses that enable us to capture Internet-wide…Read More
By: Matías Aránguiz V. PhD student in Law, Shanghai Jiaotong University During the summer, a team…Read More
On Perceptions of Sovereignty in Cyberspace By: Sunoo Park A few months ago, I went…Read More
Student Reflections – The experience of the moot court By: Carrie Zhu I was thrilled…Read More
Student Reflections: Leilani Gilpin (MIT) By: Leilani Gilpin I did’t know what to expect when…Read More
Events / Seminars
On 23 March 2017 (Thursday), MIT’s Internet Policy Research Initiative hosted ProPublica’s Julia Angwin for…Read More
9 March 2017 – Polish Delegation Visits MIT’s Internet Policy Research Initiative MIT’s Internet Policy…Read More
Making innovation benefit all: Policies for inclusive growth” Caroline PAUNOV 07 March 2017 MIT Stata…Read More
Wonks, Engineers, and Innovators: Bringing New Perspectives to Governing (website, livestream) Tuesday July 19 at…Read More
Ethics as the Root of Privacy and the Future of Data Protection IPRI hosted Mr….Read More
Forum on Data Privacy Convened by the Massachusetts Attorney General Date: 24 Mar 2016 Thursday,…Read More
Why Internet policy matters for everything from MIT’s startup culture to the global economy European…Read More
Current course: Privacy Legislation in Practice - Law and Technology
Technology + Policy
With the generous support of the Hewlett Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the National Science Foundation, MIT has created the Internet Policy Research Initiative to bring together the best of MIT’s engineering, social science, and management insight to this most vexing challenge. Our goal is helping guide governments and private sector institutions around the world in framing sustainable, effective Internet and cybersecurity policy.