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.

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 School of Media and Journalism, and Alice Marwick from the Department of Communication.

“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


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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