Institute for Information Policy

The Institute for Information Policy is a joint venture of the Donald P. Bellisario 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. Its annual workshops unite experts from across the globe 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

  • Co-Director Carleen Maitland publishes a new book "Digital Lifeline? ICTs for Refugees and Displaced Persons" (2018, MIT Press).
  • The IIP conducted a pre-conference workshop on "Applying the Capabilities Approach to Media and Communication" at the International Communication Association Annual Convention, in Prague, Czech Republic, on May 24, 2018. Here is the workshop schedule
  • The IIP's by-invitation workshop on "Broadband Research in a Changing World" was held at the American University Washington School of Law on September 10, 2017. The program is here
  • IIP's workshop on "Digital Inequalities and Discrimination in the Big Data Era" was held as a preconference at the International Communication Association convention, in collaboration with the Pacific Information and Communication Technology for Development (PICTD) Collaborative. A full program is available here.
  • Penn State News covers IIP: "Institute for Information Policy targeting 'big data' at May workshop."
  • 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.