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.

News: Surveillance in the Age of the Internet

Published on 2019-09-19

How private is your personal data? In a video by Chronicle, Kade Crockford, Director of…

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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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Rulemaking in the Privacy and Cybersecurity Landscape

Published on 2019-06-24

Back in 2012, when both Cameron Kerry and Daniel Weitzner were framing the 2012 White…

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The FDA’s Role in Domestic and International Medical Device Cybersecurity

Published on 2019-05-21

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a growing number of medical devices…

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

News: Global Cooperation in the White House Sparked by AI and Privacy Concerns

Published on 2019-04-10

In a recent New York Times article, Steve Lohr discusses U.S. and global policy regarding…

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AI Policy Congress – Part 7 An International Perspective

Published on 2019-02-27

Written by Grace Abuhamad. The AI Policy Congress benefitted from a unique international perspective as…

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AI Policy Congress – Part 6 Manufacturing & Labor

Published on 2019-02-25

Written by Willie Boag Technology’s Past, Present, and Future Impact on Work Is the diffusion…

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AI Policy Congress – Part 5 Transportation & Safety

Published on 2019-02-25

Written by Grace Abuhamad. The Current State of Autonomous Vehicles “Level 5 autonomy or flying…

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

New Paper Paves The Way For More Transparency For Court System Without Revealing Data

Published on 2018-08-20

IPRI Researchers Present At USENIX Conference Internet Policy Research Initiative student Jonathan Frankle, along with…

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Data From Airport Facial Recognition Devices – Are There Safeguards In Place?

Published on 2018-08-09

Airport Facial Recognition Devices – what’s going on with the data? Did you know Airlines…

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When Should Law Enforcement Use Facial Recognition Technology?

Published on 2018-07-02

Facial Recognition technology is continuing to improve, yet even with all the improvements there are…

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Could Facial Recognition Technology protect our public schools better?

Published on 2018-06-12

Could facial recognition technology prevent school shootings? With more high profile public school shootings the…

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

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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Paper: The Future of the Ad-Supported Internet Ecosystem

Published on 2019-03-07

Instead of charging their users directly, popular social media sites – such as Facebook, Twitter,…

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IPRI MIT Funding Awards

Published on 2017-05-19

MIT’s interdisciplinary Internet Policy Research Initiative (IPRI) awarded $1.5 million to researchers across campus working…

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CRTC Chairman Jean-Pierre Blais at MIT

Published on 2017-05-18

By: Natalie Klym, Executive Director of MIT’s Communications Futures Program (CFP) April 24th, 2017 When…

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Developing architecture and tools for the web to reopen its benefits throughout the world.

News: World wide web creator Tim Berners-Lee targets fake news (BBC)

Published on 2017-03-12

20 March 2017 In an open letter to mark the web’s 28th anniversary, Sir Tim…

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

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