TPL Receives $150,000 Arts & Sciences New Frontier Grant

May 18, 2021

The Tech Policy Lab has been awarded a New Frontier grant providing up to $150,000 in research funding by the College of Arts and Sciences. The Lab was selected as one of 14 projects awarded New Frontier grants which “aim to enable the early stages of a select number of novel, high-risk/high-impact research projects with compelling visions and strategies for transformative advances in the arts and humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.”

Ray Jayawardhana, the Harold Tanner Dean of Arts and Sciences noted, “Often discovery results from talented researchers venturing into uncharted territory or from unexpected collaborations across disciplinary boundaries.”

The labs’ foundations are based on interdisciplinary research in Technology and Politics. This grant will help further research in areas which 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 use and misuse of artificial intelligence in political communication
  • The public’s adoption of or resistance to Covid-19 surveillance technologies
  • The effect of privatization in the space exploration sector

    Among other expenses, the funds will help assist visiting collaborators, postdoctoral associates and graduate and undergraduate research assistants at the Lab.

    See our latest research.

    These grants are made possible thanks to philanthropic support, including from Miriam Shearing ’56; Carolyn Wiener ’69 and Malcolm Wiener; Scott Fowkes ’85 and family; and Jesse Ho ’88 and Eliza Lau ’88.