Center for Information Technology Policy

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Center for Information Technology Policy
Sherrerd Hall.jpg
Sherrerd Hall, home to the Center for Information Technology Policy
Parent institution
Princeton University
DirectorEdward Felten
Academic staff
20 professors and researchers[1]
Students21 graduate students and 44 undergraduate students (2018-2019)[2]
Location, ,
United States

The Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP) at Princeton University is a leading interdisciplinary research center, dedicated to exploring the intersection of technology, engineering, public policy, and the social sciences. Faculty, students, and other researchers come from a variety of disciplines, including Computer Science, Economics, Politics, Engineering, Sociology, and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Research areas and projects[edit]

The CITP conducts research in a number of areas, such as Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies, Electronic Voting, Government Transparency, and Intellectual Property. Various media outlets, government agencies, and private organizations have cited the research of the CITP.[3][4][5][6] The current Director of the CITP is Edward Felten, the Robert E. Kahn Professor of Computer Science and Public Affairs at Princeton University. He has also served as the Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer and as the first Chief Technologist for the Federal Trade Commission.[7]


One of the leading research initiatives at the CITP centers on electronic voting. Felten, Ariel J. Feldman, and J. Alex Halderman conducted security analysis on a Diebold AccuVote-TS voting machine, one of the most widely used machines of its kind.[8][9] They discovered a method that allowed them to upload malicious programs to multiple voting machines.[10] Their research gained additional media attention when it was brought before the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence in June 2017.[11]

Interconnection Measurement Project[edit]

The Interconnection Measurement Project is an annual initiative at the CITP that provides ongoing data collection and analysis from ISP interconnection points. Aggregated data serving roughly 50 percent of residential broadband subscribes is collected every 5 minutes.[12]


The CITP offers an undergraduate certificate in Technology and Society, Information Technology Track. This program requires students to complete a combination of core, technology, societal, and breadth courses in and outside the area of information technology. The goal of the program is to help students better understand how technology drives social change and how society itself shapes technology.[13] The CITP also hosts a number of workshops, policy briefings, lecture series, and initiatives at Princeton University.


  1. ^ "Faculty". Center for Information Technology Policy.
  2. ^ "Students". Center for Information Technology Policy.
  3. ^ "The Election Won't Be Rigged. But It Could Be Hacked". The New York Times.
  4. ^ "Researchers Find Way to Steal Encrypted Data". The New York Times.
  5. ^ "Center for Information Technology Policy". C-SPAN.
  6. ^ "Will big data help end discrimination—or make it worse?". Fortune.
  7. ^ "FTC Names Edward W. Felten as Agency's Chief Technologist; Eileen Harrington as Executive Director". Federal Trade Commission.
  8. ^ "Security Analysis of the Diebold AccuVote-TS Voting Machine" (PDF).
  9. ^ "How to Hack an Election in 7 Minutes". Politico.
  10. ^ "Princeton prof hacks e-machine". NBC News.
  11. ^ "Expert Testimony by J. Alex Halderman" (PDF). U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
  12. ^ "About the Data". Interconnection Measurement Project.
  13. ^ "Teaching". Center for Information Technology Policy.

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