Technology & Information

Policy Institute

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

Libraries & Disasters: From Hurricanes to COVID-19 and Beyond
This post was originally published by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.  In 2018, IMLS awarded a grant to the University of Texas where Dr. Sharon Strover and Dr. Marcia Mardis studied...
My RGV: Stories Grounding Disaster Strength
By Andrea Martinez, Class of 2026 The city of Brownsville, my hometown, is renowned for its orientation to the South Texas Gulf Coast and border with Mexico as well as its rich history. My close...
History as a Window into My Community in South Texas
By Mariana Arevalo, Class of 2026 Oftentimes, we are just existing rather than living without knowing the context and purpose of our duty in this world we call Earth. On June 6, 2022, I had the...
A Dive into the Heart of South Texas
By Jose Manuel Vazquez, Class of 2026 For this summer, I joined the Disaster Strength team, a team of researchers whose mission is to learn more about how the residents of South Texas respond to...
Journey to Edinburg, TX
By Jennifer Torres, Class of 2026 Before the trip to Edinburg, the only contact I had with my teammates was through Zoom. It was not until the trip that I was able to meet and greet them. I was...

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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