This past June, I began as the Acting Director of the Center for Information Technology Policy. I am thrilled to lead CITP during this exciting time, when technology policy issues ranging from network neutrality to surveillance increasingly are affecting all of our lives. Our founding Director Ed Felten is on leave as Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer at the White House through the end of the current administration. Ed’s public service—which involves sophisticated, independent, and deep examination of the many information technology issues facing the United States and the world—is a natural extension of CITP’s work and exemplifies the type of impact that the Center’s activities achieve.

Over the next year and a half, I will build on our existing programs and strengthen our connections both within Princeton and to industry, government, and NGOs. I aim to foster new interdisciplinary research collaborations across public policy and engineering; to create new opportunities for students to gain first-hand experience through hackathons and other on-campus activities; and to increase our engagement with alumni and other external partners.

My two biggest goals are for CITP to reach out to partners in industry and to expand interaction between WWS and CS students, faculty, and affiliates. We already have begun work in these areas and lined up some great activities for the semester, including:

– a talk on Uber and the Future of Cities by Matt Devlin from their Policy Intelligence & Research team;
– a Conference on Internet Censorship, Interference, and Control on October 9th, featuring experts in engineering, policy, and social science;
– an FCC and NSF sponsored workshop on Tracking Quality of Experience on the Internet, which will bring together leaders from industry and academia;
– a new Microsoft-sponsored research seed grant program to fund interdisciplinary collaborations between faculty in different departments;
– a transportation policy hackathon on December 4th, in cooperation with local civic hacking group Code for Princeton.

We have many more exciting events planned for the year, and I do hope that you will join us–come by CITP when you are in the area!

Nick Feamster
Acting Director, CITP