At the Cornell Tech Policy Lab, we focus on the politics of technology to examine how politics shapes the deployment of new technologies in ways that directly affect the lives of millions in the United States and around the globe.
Some of the most consequential developments of the last two decades sit squarely at the intersection of technology and politics:
- The deployment of drones to revolutionize counterterrorism
- The manipulation of social media to influence foreign elections
- The pursuit of artificial intelligence to fuel a new global arms race
- The use of scientific models to formulate Covid-19 public health policies
All of these policies have technological innovation at their core, but their design and implementation has been heavily influenced by politics, whether partisanship, public opinion, or international relations.
In the Cornell Tech Policy Lab, we break down academic silos and foster radical interdisciplinary collaborations at the intersection of politics and technology. We then translate those findings to educate and inform policy makers and the public.
Recently @ TPL
Model uncertainty, political contestation, and public trust in science: Evidence from the COVID-19 pandemic ↗Sept 2020 Science AdvancesSept 2020
All the News that’s Fit to Fabricate: AI-Generated Text as a Tool of Media Misinformation ↗Aug 12, 2020 JEPSAug 12, 2020
The Role of Technology in Online Misinformation ↗June 2020 BrookingsJune 2020
The Shifting Chessboard of International Influence Operations ↗Sep 30, 2020 Brookings TechStreamSep 30, 2020
Best disinformation defense? You. ↗Sep 30, 2020 Minneapolis Star-Tribune EditorialSep 30, 2020
Americans don’t trust contact tracing apps. Here’s how we can fix that. ↗Aug 20, 2020 Fortune Digital Contact TracingAug 20, 2020
Contact Tracing Is Having a Trust Crisis ↗Aug 2020 Bloomberg Digital Contact TracingAug 2020
Microsoft Calls Time Out on TikTok Talks: Report ↗Aug 2020 CNBC TikTokAug 2020
Covid-19 misinformation is everywhere, but it could have been much worse ↗Jul 2020 CNBC MisinformationJul 2020
Good News and Bad News about COVID-19 Misinformation ↗June 2020 Scientific American MisinformationJune 2020