Contributing Programs

Our diverse contributing programs provide an extensive foundation at the intersection of technology, ethics, law and public policy. By leveraging all of the university’s intellectual resources, the Tech & Society Initiative empowers practitioners to test, model, and scale cutting-edge projects.

The Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation improves systems that are the foundation for daily life, using data, design, technology, and policy as instruments for equitable societal change.

The Center for Digital Ethics is a dynamic, university-wide collaboration committed to building a new center for digital ethics that will help shape this emerging field. Our goal is to help the world cope with fundamental questions arising from the new field of digital ethics.

The Center for Security and Emerging Technology provides decision-makers with data-driven analysis on the security implications of emerging technologies. We seek to prepare a new generation of decision-makers to address the challenges and opportunities of emerging technologies.

The Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law is a think tank focused on privacy and surveillance law and policy—and the communities they affect.

Communication, Culture & Technology is an interdisciplinary Master’s degree program devoted to the study and design of communication, media, and information technology in the full scope of their social, political, cultural, technical, and economic complexity.

The Department of Computer Science connects students with the ideas, skills, and opportunities to shape the digital world we live in. Current core research areas include algorithms and theory; security, privacy, and cryptography; and data-centric computing.

Ethics Lab is built for delivering on Georgetown’s commitments—preparing students for moral leadership and serving the world through ethical guidance—given a context of rapidly changing and complex issues.

The mission of the Institute for Technology Law & Policy is to close the gap between law, policy, and technology by training students, educating policymakers, and informing the public about the key challenges and opportunities that arise at the intersection of law and technology.

The Knight–Georgetown Institute (KGI) serves as a central hub for translating research into practical resources that legislators, journalists, and private and public sector leaders can use to tackle information and technology issues in real time, ranging from artificial intelligence to the spread of misinformation and disinformation. 

The Massive Data Institute is an interdisciplinary research institute that connects experts across computer science, data science, public health, public policy, and social science to tackle societal scale issues and impact public policy in a way that improves people’s lives through responsible evidence-based research.

We are focused on solidifying our operations with this initial group, and we are considering what it looks like to grow engagement across the campus through more affiliated programs.