The Internet Policy Research Initiative (IPRI) collaborates with policymakers and technologists to improve the trustworthiness and effectiveness of interconnected digital systems like the Internet. Our work provides global policymakers with technically grounded guidance for policies regarding cybersecurity, Internet privacy, and more. We accomplish our mission by relying on: core engineering and public policy research, education, and outreach.

 

Tackling key issues, such as the encryption debate, critical infrastructure, cryptography, and IoT security.

Managing Cyber Risk with SCRAM, an Innovative Cryptographic Platform

Published on 2020-09-04

An increasingly large amount of our society and economy depends on our ability to keep…

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What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Contact Tracing Apps?

Published on 2020-08-11

While contact tracing apps can help us control the spread of COVID-19, they also come…

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News: Daniel Weitzner Discusses PACT

Published on 2020-06-24

IPRI Founding Director, Daniel Weitzner, is the co-PI of the PACT project, which aims to…

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News: Cyber Risks Associated with Voting from Home

Published on 2020-06-08

In a recent New York Times article titled, Amid Pandemic and Upheaval, New Cyber Risks…

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Increasing the trustworthiness of AI systems to ensure that they are both explainable and accountable.

Avoiding a One-Size-Fits-All Approach to Regulating Artificial Intelligence

Published on 2020-01-13

Artificial intelligence (AI) technologies can be found in a wide variety of areas nowadays. AI…

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How a Proposed Housing Act Change Could Affect Discriminatory AI

Published on 2019-09-30

Since its introduction in 1968, the Fair Housing Act has shielded proctected classes from discrimination….

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IPRI Welcomes Luis Videgaray as a Distinguished Fellow

Published on 2019-09-18

Luis Videgaray, former foreign minister of Mexico and MIT alumnus, has become a distinguished fellow at…

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Neural Networks and the Lottery Ticket Hypothesis

Published on 2019-05-07

Deep neural networks, computer systems loosely modeled after the human brain, are found in the…

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Helping to inform meaningful policy that ensures the safety of private information held on the Internet.

What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Contact Tracing Apps?

Published on 2020-08-11

While contact tracing apps can help us control the spread of COVID-19, they also come…

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News: Daniel Weitzner Discusses PACT

Published on 2020-06-24

IPRI Founding Director, Daniel Weitzner, is the co-PI of the PACT project, which aims to…

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ImPACT 2020: PACT Project Holds First Collaborative, Virtual Workshop to Tackle Key Technical Issues in Private Automated Contact Tracing

Published on 2020-04-16

Today, during the first ImPACT 2020 event, world-leading computer scientists in cryptography, cybersecurity, and wireless…

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Ensuring Privacy While Utilizing Citizen Data in India

Published on 2019-11-22

Using data from city citizens to advance government efficiency while maintaining their privacy appears to…

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Investigating network architectures, systems, and protocols from a policy perspective.

Addressing BGP Serial Hijacking

Published on 2019-11-27

While nearly essential for modern-day society, the technologies we use to share information on the…

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Ensuring Privacy While Utilizing Citizen Data in India

Published on 2019-11-22

Using data from city citizens to advance government efficiency while maintaining their privacy appears to…

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Ensuring that Smart Cities Don’t Become Surveillance Cities

Published on 2019-11-20

On my way to work, I pass no less than three bike-sharing stations. I use…

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Why Botnets Persist: Designing Effective Technical and Policy Interventions

Published on 2019-09-06

Written by Wajeeha Ahmad. Botnets, networks of malware-infected machines controlled by an attacker called the…

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Developing architecture and tools for the web to reopen its benefits throughout the world.
best student paper award at ESWC2017

“Linked Data Notifications” article earns ESWC2017 Best Student Paper award

Published on 2017-06-06

By: Amy Guy As part of the work on decentralized architectures for the Web, researchers…

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Learning from Tim Berners-Lee on the occasion of receiving the Turing Award

Published on 2017-04-04

2017-04-04 By Daniel Weitzner On the happy occasion of Professor Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s receiving the…

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News: Tim Berners-Lee receives 2017 Turing Award

Published on 2017-04-04

MIT Professor Tim Berners-Lee, the researcher who invented the World Wide Web and is one…

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Blog: What If You Could Control The Use Of Your Own Data? Building Decentralized Applications for the Social Web

Published on 2017-03-16

Building Decentralized Applications for the Social Web…What If You Could Control The Use Of Your…

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Creating a platform that makes it easier to design and build problem-solving mobile apps.

News: Hal Abelson Discusses MIT App Inventor

Published on 2019-05-17

In a recent MIT News post, Abby Abazorius talked to Hal Abelson about MIT App…

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AI Policy Congress – Part 2 Democratizing AI through Transparency and Education

Published on 2019-02-01

Written by Natalie Lao Demystifying Machine Learning for Regulators On Wednesday, January 16, Professor Hal…

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Blog: App Inventor Mentioned in Batgirl Comics

Published on 2017-03-02

MIT App Inventor was mentioned in the latest Batgirl DC Comic Book, when Barbara Gordon,…

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Research: Helping the Helpers – A Toolkit for Mobile Humanitarian Assistance Apps (M. Eng. Thesis)

Published on 2016-01-04

This research investigates the following question: ​­ ​How can relief workers be empowered to create…

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