February 5, 2023

An Introduction to My Project: Algorithmic Amplification and Society

This article was originally published on the Knight Institute website at Columbia University. The distribution of online speech today is almost wholly algorithm-mediated. To talk about speech, then, we have to talk about algorithms. In computer science, the algorithms driving social media are called recommendation systems, and they are the secret sauce behind Facebook and […]

We’re Hiring CITP Fellows!

The Princeton Center for Information Technology Policy is happy to announce that applications for our in-residence Fellows Program are now open. CITP is seeking candidates for the following three Fellows tracks: Microsoft Visiting Research Scholar/Visiting Professor of Information Technology Policy Postdoctoral Research Associate, or More Senior Researcher Visiting Professional The Fellows Program is a competitive […]

Is Internet Voting Secure? The Science and the Policy Battles

I will be presenting a similarly titled paper at the 2022 Symposium Contemporary Issues in Election Law run by the University of New Hampshire Law review, October 7th in Concord, NH. The paper will be published in the UNH Law Review in 2023 and is available now on SSRN. I have already serialized parts of […]

Recommendations for Updating the FTC’s Disclosure Guidelines to Combat Dark Patterns

Last week, CITP’s Tech Policy Clinic, along with Dr. Jennifer King, brought leading interdisciplinary academic researchers together to provide recommendations to the Federal Trade Commission on how it should update the 2013 version of its online digital advertising guidelines (the “Disclosure Guidelines”). This post summarizes the comment’s main takeaways.    We focus on how the FTC […]

The anomaly of cheap complexity

Why are our computer systems so complex and so insecure?  For years I’ve been trying to explain my understanding of this question. Here’s one explanation–which happens to be in the context of voting computers, but it’s a general phenomenon about all our computers: There are many layers between the application software that implements an electoral […]