Monday, June 13, 2022 Newsletter
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CITP fellows, graduate students, faculty and staff gathered to celebrate a successful year.


The 2021-22 academic year was fruitful for CITP as we engaged with policymakers, academics and fellow researchers in our mission to better understand the impact of digital technology on society. Here are some highlights:
  • CITP welcomed its first cohort of Emerging Scholars.
  • We launched a fall CITP Research Fair that drew 50 students and 21 mentors.
  • We celebrated 13 Princeton Class of '22 graduates who earned Technology & Society certificates.
  • We hosted two dozen lunch seminars with an interdisciplinary slate of speakers and topics ranging from diversifying AI to rethinking machine learning.
  • CITP drew nearly 200 guests to the first in our “Tech in Conversation” series, Imagining Radical Tech Futures.


On Thursday, June 8, CITP and The State Center — a non-profit that supports state attorneys general in enforcing antitrust and consumer protection laws — co-hosted an invitation-only workshop, Regulating Data-Driven Decision Making. The event was designed to help consumer protection authorities understand how they can tap the expertise of researchers when investigating complaints of consumers' rights violations in digital technology spaces. The workshop drew more than 35 lawyers from 24 states. Participants also heard from Rohit Chopra, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and Noah Joshua Phillips, commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission.

Computer science professor and CITP faculty member Arvind Narayanan (second from left) discussed the limitations and often false claims behind some AI models during a panel entitled, "Limits of prediction or what can AI do and not do?" during CITP's workshop, Regulating Data-Driven Decision Making. Also on the panel was Aleksandra Korolova (far left), assistant professor of computer science at the University of Southern California, and Alan Mislove, a computer science professor at Northwestern University. Mihir Kshirsagar (far right), who leads CITP's Tech Policy Clinic, moderated the panel. 


Labor and Tech
A spike in remote work and the resurgence of workplace organizing has led to labor organizers in tech spaces facing employer retaliation and emotional burnout, according to a new study from CITP researchers: Weaving Privacy and Power: On the Privacy Practices of Labor Organizers in the U.S. Technology Industry.
Researchers Sayash Kapoor, Mona Wang, Mattew Sun, Klaudia Jaźwińska and Elizabeth Anne Watkins interviewed 29 workers to investigate the privacy practices of labor organizers at tech firms. They found that the pandemic has dramatically altered employee interactions, with most workers now communicating with each other online—creating greater opportunities for managers to monitor unionizing activities.
This heightened surveillance and increase in organizing efforts in tech spaces mark two pivotal shifts driving the retaliation labor organizers say they’re experiencing on the job–from the threat of termination or poor performance evaluations, to hostilities from peers.The report will be presented at the 2022 Conference On Computer-Supported Cooperative Work And Social Computing.

From CITP's Freedom To Tinker Blog
Princeton Professor of Sociology Matthew Salganik and Max Fineman, a doctoral student in Sociology and Social Policy at Princeton, asked 60 undergrads to conduct personal experiments into their own social media use and found that students who were strategic in their approach to limiting their exposure to TikTok, Twitter, or other platforms, fared better in terms of personal well-being, loneliness and sleep quality than those who went cold turkey. Salganik and Fineman described their project and findings in the blog post, Improving Your Relationship with Social Media May Call for a Targeted Approach. They supervised the social media experiment as part of a Social Networks course that also explores how information spreads via networks.



CITP Fellow Sarah Scheffler presented a talk, "A Systemization of Content Moderation in End-to-End Encryption," at the DIMACS Workshop on Co-Development of Computer Science and Law at Rutgers University.


  • Ryan Amos '22, a former CITP graduate student and expert in longitudinal web measurements, will join Panorama Education as a senior software engineer in September.
  • Jordan Holland, a CITP graduate student with expertise in machine learning and networking, is joining Netflix as a senior software engineer.
  • Ben Kaiser, a CITP graduate student, is interning this summer with DuckDuckGo.
  • Lauren Kilgour, a CITP Fellow who studies the social impacts of technology design and use, will join the University of Waterloo's Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business in Ontario, Canada as assistant professor in design and technology.
  • Kevin Lee, a computer science graduate student at CITP, is joining J.P. Morgan AI Research in New York City as a research scientist.
  • Eli Lucherini, a graduate student at CITP, will be interning this summer with the WebKit Security and Privacy team in the Internet Technologies division at Apple.
  • Professor Arvind Narayanan, a CITP faculty member, will join the Knight Institute as a visiting researcher during the 2022-23 academic year.
  • Orestis Papakyriakopoulos, a CITP Fellow and expert in algorithmic fairness and political communication will join Sony AI Inc. in Zurich, Switzerland, as an AI ethics research scientist
  • Sociology professor Matthew Salganik, the outgoing director of CITP, will be on sabbatical with the Institute for Advanced Study during the 2022-23 school year.
  • This fall, Sergey Sanovich, a CITP Fellow and expert in authoritarian regimes, digital censorship, and computational propaganda, will join the Hoover Institution at Stanford University as a Hoover Fellow.
  • Matthew Sun '22, a former CITP graduate student whose research focused on the socio-technical aspects of recommender systems and privacy and safety in labor organizing within the tech industry, will be joining Stripes as a software engineer in August.
  • CITP Data Scientist Amy Winecoff will be serving on the advisory board for the Princeton Keller Center’s eLab accelerator program this summer.



Congratulations to CITP graduate student Mona Wang on winning a Graduate Student Teaching Assistant Award from Princeton's Department of Computer Science.

The Center for Information Technology (CITP) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, interdisciplinary hub where researchers study the impact of digital technologies on society, with the mission of informing policy and the public for the good of society. CITP's programming includes a Technology and Society undergraduate certificate, a Tech Policy Clinic, a Public Interest Technology Summer Fellowship, and an Emerging Scholars in Technology program.

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