Institute for Information Policy

The Institute for Information Policy is a joint venture of the College of Communications and the College of Information Sciences and Technology.

The IIP conducts groundbreaking research and innovative programs on the social implications of information technology, with an emphasis on the potential of information technologies for improving democratic discourse, social responsibility and quality of life. It's annual workshops unite experts from across the gloge to share research on issues of access and security.

Since its formation, the IIP has received approximately $2.3 million in external support, not including in-kind contributions, from sponsors including AT&T, the Ford Foundation, Google, The Media Democracy Fund and the National Science Foundation. 

News and Announcements

  • The IIP organized a workshop, "Freedom of Information in Crisis Zones," at the City University London, May 26-27, 2016. [program]
  • The National Science Foundation (NSF) identified the IIP to initiate dialog on A National Research Agenda for Broadband. In response, the IIP organized a workshop with leading experts in academia and government June 16-17 at the NSF in Arlington, Virginia, in partnership with the NSF and the NTIA. Details of the program at Broadband 2021The final Report of the workshop is now available.
  • The IIP's next workshop on "Legal and Policy Dimensions of Cybersecurity" will be organized at the Marvin Center, School of Media and Policy Policy, George Washington University, September 27-29, 2016. The Honorable Thomas I. Vanaskie, Circuit Judge for The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and Rear Admiral (ret.) David Simpson Chief of the FCC's Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau are scheduled as speakers. Watch this space for a final program.