Technology research and design in the public interest
From “fake news” and online scams to ensuring privacy on social media, we’re moving deeper into emerging technologies without fully understanding their potential risks or benefits. It’s critical that we build a corps of future researchers and technologists to engage with these issues in partnership with community advocates, policy-makers, and technology companies. The Center for Technology, Society & Policy (CTSP) is a multidisciplinary research and design/build center that trains students to become leaders around the social and policy issues arising from the growing role of technology in our daily lives.
WHO WE ARE
CTSP student and faculty leaders support students working on interdisciplinary research projects, helping guide hands-on experiences in research that bridges academia, industry, and public service. Two PhD students from the School of Information (I School) serve as CTSP co-directors each year. I School faculty members — leading experts in privacy law, data governance, AI ethics, data-driven experiments, and the political economy of the tech industry — advise student leaders and ensure program continuity.
CTSP Fellows are graduate and undergraduate students at UC Berkeley in the School of Information, Law School, Haas School of Business, School of Public Health, Goldman School of Public Policy, Graduate School of Education, and departments including Sociology, Design, Computer Science, Bioethics, and more. They work with community organizations and advocates, non-profits, municipalities, and researchers at other institutions on year-long projects that fit into four broad research themes: Health and Sensors; Sustaining Democracy and Building Community; Just Algorithms: Fairness, Transparency, and Justice; Integrating Safety and Privacy.
CTSP Fellows have gone on to pursue careers in policy/public service (AI Now, TechCongress Fellows, Action Center on Race and the Economy); technology (Salesforce, Google, Facebook, Microsoft Research, Intel, IBM); and academia (Carnegie Mellon University, UC Berkeley, University of Washington).