Research

The Center’s research areas are widespread, but a few of them are summarized below.

Electronic Voting: The Center has revealed flaws and security vulnerabilities in widely deployed voting machines, and has provided technical guidance on this topic to elected officials, courts, and other governmental bodies.

Government Transparency: CITP has recently taken a leadership role in technology-informed transparency efforts, including the widely reported RECAP project that increases judicial transparency, and FedThread, a cooperative project with the GPO.

Intellectual Property: CITP has, from its inception, researched the role of technology and public policy in shaping the global regime of intellectual property rights. It has generated numerous significant research findings, demonstrated flaws in Digital Rights Management regimes, and frequently analyzed policy proposals in the context of technical realities.

Browser Security: Members of the Center have reported and worked to fix new cross-site scripting attacks, as well as documenting failures in the current browser PKI model and engaging with browser vendors and jurisdictionally diverse certificate authorities.

Automated Document Redaction: Because transparency and privacy can be at odds when it comes to personal information in public documents, CITP has worked on technical approaches to automatic redaction and policy approaches to prevent improper disclosure.

Digital Technologies and Social Inequality: This work addresses the ways in which network externalities and social structure interact to produce long-term inequality in technology use.

Browser Privacy: Recent attention to online privacy has focused on the policies and practices of site operators. This research involves the development of extensions for web browsers that allow them to more intuitively shape users’ privacy expectations.

Secure Web Collaboration: Cloud-based document authoring and collaboration services typically suffer from a weaker level of trust relative to client-based solutions. This work is producing a proof-of-concept protocol for hosted collaboration free of host scrutiny.

Community-Generated Information and Decision-making: Collaborative ideation platforms are increasingly popular in amateur, enterprise, and governmental environments. The All Our Ideas project takes a sociologically informed approach that is proving to be widely popular and effective.