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:
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, citapdigitalpolitics.com offers a set of resources for analyzing how platforms, law, and ethics shape the ways campaigns communicate with voters.
Media outlets regularly seek expert insights from CITAP investigators. Read recent stories and analyses featuring their research and commentary.
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Videos of CITAP Affiliates Discussing Their Research
“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: