Technology & Information

Policy Institute

Researching how technology contributes to economic, political, and social change.

Text-Lines as a Public Service: An Intervention to Address Basic Needs of Underserved Communities

Digital justice is a growing area that explores how societies are, will, and should be affected by digital technology. Cell phone texting, for example, is a widely accessible communication method, making it a valuable tool for reaching a broad and diverse audience including those who may not have easy access to the Internet or other […]

TIPI Hosted Research Talk by Dr. Amit Schejter
On November 15, TIPI hosted Dr. Amit Schejter for a research talk on campus. Dr. Amit Schejter is a Professor of Communication Studies at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. He also serves...
Human-AI Teaming During an Ongoing Disaster

When people train and give feedback to a machine involved in machine learning/artificial intelligence, sometimes they communicate with the machine as if it is a valued teammate…

Investigating Ways to Better Communicate Flood Risk

There are very few current flood maps designed to actually help people understand their flood risk…

Case Study Vignettes: Surveillance, Privacy, and Ethical Governance

This case studies series is part of the research project Being Watched: Embedding Ethics in Public Cameras supported by Good Systems: A UT Grand Challenge…

Our Focus

Digital Equity

Institutions & Communication

New Media & Information

Disasters & Risk

Future of Work

Our Work


With assistance from donors, sponsors and partners, TIPI works on projects involving everything from library-based hotspots to Russian misinformation campaigns on Facebook. We’ve also recently concluded a 10-year digital media program with scholars and students from Portugal.


Throughout the academic year, TIPI hosts luncheons, a digital media speaker series, lecture series, conferences, and other special events for the benefit of our students, faculty and the greater UT Austin community. 


TIPI faculty and students publish policy briefs, full reports, and research papers on topics related to digital media, technological transformation, digital inclusion and other information policy issues.

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