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 and Innovation provides training and experiential opportunities for students, faculty and global leaders to enact solution-based social change. Led by Sonal Shah, the Beeck Center serves as a model for how Tech & Society can merge what’s happening across the public and private sectors, as well as academia to provide innovative solutions to social problems on a mass scale.

Ethics Lab combines deep academic expertise in ethics education with the creative methods of designers to develop exercises, tools and conversations to activate ethics. Led by Maggie Little, Ethics Lab is the hub for two important pieces of the Tech & Society Initaitive’s educational ambition — designing wholly new, cutting-edge courses, as well as infusing digital ethics into existing disciplines.

Led by Alexandra Reeve Givens, the Institute trains the next generation of lawyers and lawmakers to develop deep expertise in technology law and policy. The Institute develops policy solutions, engages with lawmakers, and equips students to approach today’s tech policy challenges with a strong understanding of technology to inform their work. Integrating deep, hands-on technological instruction with a traditional technology law curriculum prepares students to shape a responsible legal landscape.

CSET is a research organization focusing on evaluating the security impact of emerging technologies and delivering nonpartisan analysis to the policy community. With its initial focus on the effects of progress in artificial intelligence and advanced computing, CSET aims to prepare a generation of policymakers, analysts, and diplomats to address the challenges and opportunities of emerging technologies.

ICBI is a multi-disciplinary academic hub for innovative research in the field of data science and informatics. The staff focuses on educating the next generation of physicians, data scientists, and biomedical students with the skills necessary to transform life sciences and healthcare with responsible applications of data and technology.

The McCourt School is an interdisciplinary research center devoted to the study of high-dimensional data to answer public policy questions. The public policy training provided at the school -- whether focused on data science or other crucial topics -- is grounded in practical experience with the aim of developing leaders who can work effectively across difference, and are confident in their understanding of, and commitment to, ethical practice.

The Center is a think tank focused on privacy and surveillance law and policy—and the communities they affect. Preparing Georgetown students to be leaders in privacy practice, policymaking and advocacy has been a core component of the Center since its founding, and a model for Tech & Society’s efforts to engage lawmakers with innovative solutions at the intersection of technology and public policy.

The CCT program is an interdisciplinary Master of Arts Program focusing on challenges posed by new technologies in a range of fields. With a strong balance between theory and application, historical context and trend forecasting, and analysis and creative exploration, the program's pedagogical diversity provides a well-rounded experience that prepares graduates for contemporary, urgent challenges.

The Department of Computer Science is home to higher education and advanced research on the cutting edge of computing and technology. These undergraduate, graduate and PhD programs have collaborated with Georgetown’s Ethics Lab to combine an ethics curriculum with technical skills to give students the foundation necessary to shape a responsible future.

The School of Foreign Service is a premiere school of international affairs for both undergraduate and graduate students. The SFS is also one of the world’s leading academic and research institutions, led by a faculty of both scholars and practitioners. In partnership with Georgetown’s Ethics Lab, the SFS has designed a new ethically-engaged curriculum so that students can be better equipped to navigate complex foreign policy issues.

The Massive Data Institute (MDI) at Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy focuses on the secure and responsible use of data to answer public policy questions. MDI works with researchers in government, academia, and industry to solve societal-scale problems using large-scale data sources. MDI’s strategic partnerships promote community and innovation across the health, social, computer, and data sciences.