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The Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life (CITAP) is a bold initiative at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill dedicated to researching, understanding, and responding to the growing impact of the internet, social media, and other forms of digital information sharing.

Deen Freelon: political expression through digital media, data science and computational methods for analyzing large digital datasets

Daniel Kreiss: impact of technological change on the public sphere and political practice

Alice Marwick: social, political and cultural implications of popular social media technologies

Zeynep Tufekci: social movements and civics, privacy and surveillance, social interaction, big data, algorithmic decision making

Gary Marchionini: human-information interaction, interface design and testing, and digital libraries

David Ardia: impact of new information technologies on law and society, legal and social effects on government and private intermediaries, role of government and private intermediaries in shaping speech

Tori Ekstrand: hot news doctrine and its impact in the age of Big Data


Platforms and digital media have fundamentally changed electoral politics. Launched in January 2020, offers a set of resources for analyzing how platforms, law, and ethics shape the ways campaigns communicate with voters.

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Watch and Learn

Watch these talks by CITAP investigators to learn more about their research and findings.













Long-form Content

For additional books and public reports, go the CITAP Investigators page and link to each faculty member’s homepage.


The Filter Map report cover
The Filter Map (2018 Knight) by Deen Freelon


Book cover of Twitter and Tear Gas by Zeynep Tufecki
Twitter and Tear Gas (Yale 2017) by Zeynep Tufekci


Cover for Media Manipulation Report by Alice Marwick
Media Manipulation and Disinformation Online (Data & Society 2017) by Alice Marwick and Rebecca Lewis


Book cover of Prototype Politics by Daniel Kreiss
Prototype Politics (Oxford 2016) by Daniel Kreiss