Massachusetts Institute of Technology

For The Establishment Of The Cybersecurity Policy Initiative

  • Amount
    $1,000,000
  • Program
  • Date Awarded
    6/3/2021
  • Term
    12 Months
  • Type of Support
    General Support/Program
Overview
The Internet Policy Research Initiative (IPRI) at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT) was founded in 2015 as a campuswide initiative pioneering a new style of cross-disciplinary research and policy dialogue, bringing together scholars from across the campus. The initiative is housed in MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, but has a campuswide mandate with faculty and graduate students from the schools of Engineering; Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences; and the Sloan School of Management. In 2020, MIT announced the creation of the new Schwarzman College of Computing with a commitment to address the social, ethical, and public policy impact of computing in society. The college is now hiring 50 new faculty to lead its work. Since 2020, IPRI has been playing the central role in the college’s new computing policy mission by driving cross-institute AI policy research and engagement, and launching a new Future of Data, Trust, and Privacy initiative. Bridge funds will provide interim support for IPRI research, education, and outreach activities in the college as long-term funding for those functions is solidified.
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for support of a new university center on economy and society  
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for research and recommendations on election administration practices  
Unlike in many western democracies, in the United States the mechanisms through which elections are run (collectively referred to as election administration) are generally managed at the state and local rather than the national level - by 50 state laws across 4,600 jurisdictions and overseen by 13,000 administrators. This variation in oversight and practice, alongside technological and other challenges, contribute to a myriad of problems that impact citizens' ability to vote and to have their vote counted. These problems include the long lines referenced in President Obama's 2012 election night victory speech, which served as the impetus for the creation of the Federal Election Assistance Commission (EAC) in 2013. The EAC has a broad mandate to explore possibilities ranging from improving poll worker recruitment and training to the management of voter rolls, but only a six month window in which to assess the problem and devise recommendations. This relatively narrow window and the political prominence of the effort creates both a challenge and an opportunity to advance research and identify promising reforms that otherwise would take years to develop. This grant would support America's top political scientists in election administration to assemble the best research available and to communicate that research to both the EAC and the public in the development of the EAC's finding and recommendations.
for general support of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab at MIT  
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