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.
In this study, we report on techniques and analyses that enable us to capture Internet-wide…Read More
Measurements of broadband performance are important for consumers, ISPs, edge providers, and regulators to make…Read More
Since the commercialization of the Internet, content and related applications, including video streaming, news, advertisements,…Read More
Research: I Know Where You Live: Inferring Details of People’s Lives by Visualizing Publicly Shared Location DataPublished on 2016-09-04
This research measures human performance in inferring the functional types (i.e., home, work , leisure…Read More
William Lehr (MIT) and Douglas Sicker (CMU & U of Colorado at Boulder) August 1,…Read More
Research: An Overview of Dynamic Spectrum Sharing – Ongoing Initiatives, Challenges, and a Roadmap for Future ResearchPublished on 2016-06-19
We are in the midst of a major paradigm shift in how we manage radio…Read More
As the financial sector has gotten better at dealing with data breaches of payment card…Read More
This research investigates the following question: How can relief workers be empowered to create…Read More
The EU and US share a common commitment to privacy protection as a cornerstone of…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
Values inform policy. It’s a pattern of cause and effect so self-evident that it should…Read More
Student Reflections: Weijia He (Erica) By: Weijia He (Erica) When I first signed up for…Read More
Student Reflections: Haining Xu Boundary-Setting of Governmental Powers in China’s Cybersecurity Law: An Ongoing Process…Read More
Internet platforms and the digital economy: Challenges and opportunities for U.S., China and the world…Read More
Events / Seminars
Charlie SAVAGE (website, flyer) Pulitzer Prize-winning, New York Times journalist and author of Power Wars:…Read More
David DE ROURE Professor of e-Research at University of Oxford, Director of the Oxford e-Research…Read More
March 26, 2014 The following is an initial, personal summary of high-level observations from the…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.