Technology & Information

Policy Institute

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

Downeast Broadband Utility: Citizen-Powered Fiber Optic Internet Comes to Rural Maine

During a recent visit to Calais, Maine, our team heard from residents that fiber Internet would soon be coming to every house and business in the town.

The Texas Free WiFi Map

This map is intended to help ameliorate digital divide concerns in Texas, particularly those exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

National Preparedness Month: Preparing for disasters in Texas

If there is anything that the year 2020 has reminded us of as we continue to respond to the challenges brought by Covid-19, it is the importance of being prepared for a disaster…

Virtual School is in Session: It is time to open the networks in Austin, and that means unlocking school playgrounds in East Austin neighborhoods
Austin Independent School District was slated to begin instruction on August 18th, 2020. In July, when COVID-19 rates were spiking in Austin and across the state, the district decided that the first...
Responding to New Layers of Disasters
Hurricane Laura and the challenges of remote learning Hurricane Laura was initially predicted to avoid the majority of Texas and impact Louisiana, but by early Tuesday morning, August 25, 2020,...

Our Focus

Digital Equality

Institutions & Communication

New Media & Information

Disasters & Risk

Future of Work

Our Work


With the assistance from donors, sponsors and partners, TIPI works on projects involving anything from library-based hotspots to Russian misinformation campaigns on Facebook. We’ve also 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 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.

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