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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.

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Addressing the decline of local news, rise of platforms, and spread of mis- and disinformation online

A summary of current research and policy proposals By David Ardia, Evan Ringel, Victoria Smith Ekstrand, and Ashley Fox UNC Center for Media Law and Policy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill­­   To print or save: download a … Continued

CITAP is hiring!

Research App Developer (Civic Software) CITAP is seeking a full-time programmer to support our research in polarization, journalism, mis/disinformation, and hyperpartisanship.  We’re looking for someone who can lead the development of multiple software programs to support healthy democratic communication online. … Continued

Tressie McMillan Cottom

Tressie McMillan Cottom named 2020 MacArthur Fellow

CITAP Senior Faculty Researcher Tressie McMillan Cottom was one of 21 fellows announced today by the MacArthur Foundation. In the fellowship citation, MacArthur recognized Dr. McMillan Cottom for “shaping discourse on highly topical issues at the confluence of race, gender, … Continued

photo collage of new CITAP community members

CITAP announces 2020-21 community

The Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life (CITAP) welcomes new faculty research fellows, faculty affiliates, and graduate students who will take part in our community this academic year. The CITAP affiliates bring expertise in communications, sociology, law, information science. … Continued

CITAP’S Goals Are Threefold:

To tackle broad research questions with real-world implications for information gathering, social media regulation, democratic governance, journalism, and civic understanding.

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.

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, offers a set of resources for analyzing how platforms, law, and ethics shape the ways campaigns communicate with voters.

Popular Opinions

Media outlets regularly seek expert insights from CITAP investigators. Read 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