What is CITAP?

The Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life (CITAP) is a research center at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill dedicated to understanding the growing impact of the internet, social media, and other forms of digital information sharing in the context of the people who design, use, and govern them.

Our researchers include Deen Freelon, Daniel Kreiss, Alice Marwick, Zeynep Tufekci, Shannon McGregor, Tressie McMillan Cottom, and Francesca Tripodi.

We recognize that effective analysis of technology platforms and information systems requires

  • A holistic approach grounded in history, society, culture, and politics

  • Analyzing how social differences—including race and ethnicity, gender, class, and sexual identity—shape unequal information ecosystem dynamics

  • Prioritizing questions of power, institutions, and economic, social, cultural, and technological structures

  • Making clear foundational commitments to equality and justice

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CITAP’s work is collaborative—we rely on a community of technologists, policy makers, civil society leaders, journalists, and others who are working together to understand and govern emerging technologies’ effects on our society. Our subscribers are one part of this broader network of experts and change-makers.

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Kathryn Peters

executive director, CITAP. civic technologist, non-profit entrepreneur, 📚, 🐶, 🏔, 🗳 &c.

Andrea Lopez

Communications and project coordinator at CITAP👩‍💻🐕✈️🍉