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.  


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CITAP is currently seeking a Faculty Research Fellow and Faculty and Graduate Student Affiliates.


RECENT NEWS

Marwick awarded Carnegie Fellowship

CITAP Researcher and Associate Professor of Communication Alice Marwick has been awarded a prestigious Andrew Carnegie Fellowship. Marwick will use the $200,000 of research funding to study narratives of online radicalization, asking how and why people come to believe fringe, false, or extremist viewpoints that they encounter on social media platforms. Read more.

Tressie McMillan Cottom joining UNC SILS and CITAP

Author, professor, sociologist, and National Book Award finalist Tressie McMillan Cottom will join the faculty of the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) as an associate professor, effective July 1. McMillan Cottom, who has won international acclaim for her research on inequality, higher education, technology, and culture, will be affiliated with CITAP. Read more.


CITAP’S GOALS ARE THREEFOLD:

  1. To tackle broad research questions with real-world implications for information gathering, social media regulation, democratic governance, journalism, and civic understanding.
  2. To develop a comprehensive understanding of information environments that will serve as a baseline for emergent research focused on the interaction of information and technology, particularly in the context of misinformation, partisanship, polarization, propaganda, and political institutions.
  3. To make our research and data publicly available to inform technological development, journalistic best practices, and policy making.

Investigators for the project include Gary Marchionini and Zeynep Tufecki from the UNC School of Information and Library Science, Deen Freelon and Daniel Kreiss of the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media, and Alice Marwick from the Department of Communication.


CITAP DIGITAL POLITICS

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

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POPULAR OPINIONS

Media outlets regularly seek expert insights from CITAP investigators. Click here for links to some recent stories and analyses featuring their research and commentary.   

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“CITAP capitalizes on the fact that Carolina is home to some of the nation’s leading communication, information, journalism and legal scholars, as well as highly regarded centers focused on media law and innovation and sustainability in local media. We envision the center as a crucible for ideas and a living laboratory for understanding the core information needs of American democracy and other socio-political systems.”
Gary Marchionini, Dean and Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor
UNC School of Information and Library Science


CITAP is made possible through the institutional support of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and gifts from the following organizations:

Knight Foundation Hewlett Foundation Luminate