Welcome back message from CITP Director Ed Felten

If you’re new to CITP, welcome to our community! If you’re returning, welcome back! We’re looking forward to another interesting and eventful year. I’m happy to be back at CITP after a tour of duty at the White House, and I’m especially grateful to Nick Feamster for his leadership in continuing to grow and broaden the Center in his time as acting director.

In the last year we started up a three-year, multi-stakeholder project to explore policy issues surrounding security and privacy of the Internet of Things (IoT), under the leadership of CITP Deputy Director Nick Feamster. That effort will continue, and we expect in the coming year to grow our work on AI, machine learning, and policy, among other things.

We’ll continue to run our weekly lunch seminar series on Tuesdays, starting on September 19 with a talk from me on encryption policy. We have a busy calendar of seminars, invited lectures, and conferences that will unfold over the year. If you have a great idea for an event, please speak up–many of our events start with suggestions from our affiliates.

It’s an exciting time to be involved in tech policy. Interest in our area continues to grow, both on campus and off. As technology drives deep societal changes, there is an ever greater need for what we teach and do: bringing together technologists, social scientists, and policy experts to understand where we as a society want to go and how to get there.

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