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.
Arvind Narayanan (Princeton) Visits MIT
Professor Narayanan has changed the way we understand data privacy risk by re-identifying a series of purportedly anonymized datasets, exposed a breathtaking range of invasive web-tracking techniques, taught a generation of students about cryptocurrencies, and empirically analyzed bias in machine learning. He gave a great talk at MIT and we hope to have him back to speak again!
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. In distributing the awards, IPRI gave preference to projects that span across academic departments – reflecting the interdisciplinary approaches necessary to address these complex issues.
Erin Kenneally (DHS)
Erin Kenneally is a program manager in the Cyber Security Division for the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency at the DHS Science & Technology Directorate. She spoke to IPRI on data trust and innovation at the DHS Cyber Security Division.
She explained two core programs: The Information Marketplace for Policy and Analysis of Cyber-risk & Trust (IMPACT) program supports the global cyber risk research community by coordinating and developing real world data and information sharing capabilities (tools, models, and methodologies). The second is the Cyber Risk Economic (CyRiE) Program that supports empirically-based measurement, modeling and evaluation of the economics of cyber threats, vulnerabilities and controls.
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.
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Expanding the Research Exemptions Provided by the Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act By: James…Read More
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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.