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 J-PAL’s core efforts to reduce poverty by informing policy and practice with evidence
The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was founded on the belief that anti-poverty programs can be made more effective — thus creating positive change in the lives of the poor — if policymakers have access to rigorous scientific evidence on what works and the capacities to apply it. J-PAL pursues three goals: (a) developing the capacity of researchers (including those from low- and middle-income countries) to lead randomized impact evaluations; (b) generating evidence through randomized evaluations that respond to pressing policy problems; and (c) promoting the systematic use and adaptation of evidence in informing policy windows and decision-making processes through tailored synthesis, targeted outreach, and technical assistance. These broad goals lay the foundation for achieving J-PAL's ultimate objective, which aligns with our Evidence-Informed Policymaking strategy: to improve the lives of the poor globally by closing the gap between research, policy, and practice.
for a joint position in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Economics
The mission of the MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing is to address the opportunities and challenges of the computing age — from hardware to software to algorithms to artificial intelligence — by transforming the capabilities of academia in the three key areas: computing fields, computing across disciplines, and social and ethical aspects of computing. This grant supports a dual position in the departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Economics at MIT, with the goal of catalyzing the integration of behavioral science into computer science.