Program on Information and Communications Technology

Connecting law and policy to light-speed innovation in the digital age

Since the first electronic message shot across a copper wire, information and communication technologies have shattered spatial, technical, and social barriers at an exponential rate. Digital and mobile technologies are reshaping our lives and redefining fundamental notions of privacy, security, intellectual property, commerce, and many other aspects of modern life. While these advances have linked the world together as never before and are helping to solve some of society’s toughest challenges, we face looming questions over who controls the networks and digital resources connecting us, and how they will be used.

The Program on Information and Communications Technology explores these issues through collaborative research projects and conferences with leading scholars, innovators, policy-makers, and technology experts. It focuses on myriad legal, regulatory, and policy issues relating to electronic privacy, cybersecurity, Internet governance, digital evidence, surveillance technologies, standards setting, artificial intelligence, social media, e-commerce, and intellectual property. The Program also involves students in cutting-edge research and practical applications to prepare them to practice law in a digital world.

• Research clusters on GPS Surveillance, Social Media, and Information and Communication Technologies involve students.
• The Program hosts conferences on privacy, data security, and surveillance technologies.
• Workshops on technology standards in the information technology and communications industries also are offered.