Our Projects

We are collaborating across disciplines to develop solutions at the intersection of technology and society. Here is some of our latest work.


Featured Projects

All Tech & Society Projects

New Project Reimagining Consent in the Digital Age
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New Data Collaboratives led by Beeck Center
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Data Opportunities Ecosystem launched at Beeck Center
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Building New Capacity for Government Service Delivery
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Infusing Ethics into Courses at the Boundaries of Emerging Tech Issues
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New Publication Analyzes the “Right to be Forgotten”
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Georgetown’s Annual Hackathon Gives Students Hands-on Experience Computing for Social Impact
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Understanding the Impact of Your Online Footprint
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Cross-Sector Experts Implement Data for Social Good
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Faculty and Postdocs Map How Legal Frameworks Apply to Computing
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Beeck Center Partnership Offers Playbook on Tough Public Sector Data Questions
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Trainings for Congressional Staff Strengthen Understanding of New Technologies
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Investigation of Face Recognition Technology Demonstrates Risks to Privacy and Civil Liberties
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New Beeck Center Report Proposes Building a Network Aimed at Digital Transformation in Government
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New Center for Security and Emergency Technology Launches
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Law Students Urge Federal Election Commission to Regulate Online Political Ads
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Baker Future Fellows Gain Hands-On Policy Leadership in Experiential Fellowship
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Master’s in Health Informatics Prepares Students To Tackle the Future of Medical Data
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Master’s Program in Communications, Culture & Technology (CCT) Brings Together Diverse Skill Sets
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New Joint Degree Combines Data Science with Public Policy
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Law Students Work with MIT Computer Scientists to Write Policies for Emerging Technologies
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Ethics Lab Students Gain Hands-On Learning at the Intersection of Data and Ethics
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New Data Collaboratives led by Beeck Center

The Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation is forming and advising a variety of data collaboratives for social good where people work together using shared data to tackle real-world challenges. Topics include 2020 Census, integrated data systems for improving social service delivery and enabling evidence-based policymaking, making visible for local communities and law enforcement the connection between policing and prosperity, and other topics such as opioids, disasters and carbon emissions.

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Data Opportunities Ecosystem launched at Beeck Center

The Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation has formed a Data Opportunities Ecosystem to reduce the barriers to leveraging data for social impact by addressing the technical, policy, and cultural aspects to ethical and responsible use of data among and between the public and private sectors. The Data Opportunities Ecosystem brings together the diverse voices necessary to collectively develop the best practices and tools necessary to advance the adoption of strong data practices.

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Building New Capacity for Government Service Delivery

The Digital Service Collaborative at the Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation aims to build capacity for the individuals and teams working on government service delivery and to support the relationships and responsiveness between governments and the people they serve. The collaborative is building a body of research around government digital service work, creating tangible, useful resources for people working in this space, and cultivating the community of digital service professionals. Additionally, by supporting efforts in the public and private sectors to responsibly share and use data, the collaborative will address some of society’s most challenging issues and support civic engagement with public institutions.

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Infusing Ethics into Courses at the Boundaries of Emerging Tech Issues

Integrating awareness and reflection on the ethical issues raised by new technology is essential to instilling a moral lens for their use. Ethics Lab’s “Engaged Ethics Initiative” develops and delivers infusion modules for courses tackling issues in emerging technology, such as International Privacy & Surveillance. These infused courses enable students to learn about technology with an appreciation of the human and social values that should shape its use.

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New Publication Analyzes the “Right to be Forgotten”

A new publication from a leading faculty member in the Communications, Culture, and Technology program provides critical insights into the social, legal, and technical issues surrounding digital oblivion on a global network. This gripping analysis into the debate over data ownership, permanence and policy carries enormous weight as these issues are relevant for all digital citizens.

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Georgetown’s Annual Hackathon Gives Students Hands-on Experience Computing for Social Impact

Georgetown’s hackathon, first held in 2015, is a design sprint-like event where students interested in computer programming, design, and development collaborate intensively on software projects. Hack tracks at the Hoya Hackathon change annually, addressing issues including equity/access, digital forensics, gender equality, cybersecurity, hardware/software, social innovation, and API integrations.

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Understanding the Impact of Your Online Footprint

A project led by Georgetown’s Department Computer Science helps individuals determine and understand the potential risk associated with their online footprint. With the growth of social networks, public information about individuals is widely available on the Internet–while much of this information is not sensitive, it is not uncommon for users to publish some sensitive information, including their birth dates and addresses, on social networking sites. The availability of this potentially sensitive data can (and does) lead to abuse, exposing users to fraud, stalking, and identity theft.

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Cross-Sector Experts Implement Data for Social Good

Through a partnership between the Massive Data Institute (MDI) and the Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation, a Data For Social Good Project is engaging a network of cross-sector experts to discuss how big data could play a major role in ameliorating difficult problems like discrimination, poverty, and crime. Together, they hope to gain a better understanding of how big data can help governments and public service organizations better utilize their resources to tackle complex challenges.

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Beeck Center Partnership Offers Playbook on Tough Public Sector Data Questions

The Beeck Center released a playbook in partnership with Deloitte that explores opportunities and potential growth areas for the use of data and the role of Chief Data Officers within government. The report aims to help catalyze the further evolution of CDOs within government and provide an accessible guide for executives who are still evaluating the creation of these positions.

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Trainings for Congressional Staff Strengthen Understanding of New Technologies

The Institute for Technology Law & Policy’s annual immersion course for Congressional staff attracts staffers from both parties to strengthen their understanding of new technologies. Technologists, business leads, academics and other experts share the latest information on business practices, technical issues, the regulatory landscape and how new technologies are evolving on the ground.

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Investigation of Face Recognition Technology Demonstrates Risks to Privacy and Civil Liberties

The Center on Privacy & Technology’s investigation of law enforcement face recognition offers a framework for Congress and state legislatures to address the very real risks that face recognition creates. The FBI, state, and local police departments are all building their own face recognition systems, without full knowledge of how these systems impact privacy and civil liberties or how to avoid potential for harm.

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New Beeck Center Report Proposes Building a Network Aimed at Digital Transformation in Government

A recently released report by the Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation proposes a Digital State Network (DSN), a new network comprised of technologists, policymakers, government leaders, legal experts, and civil society leaders. The network would help build capacity within the public sector to understand, implement, and manage a digital government that can deliver for its citizens.

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New Center for Security and Emergency Technology Launches

Funded by the Open Philanthropy Project, the Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET) combines world-class expertise in artificial intelligence and advanced computing with Georgetown’s extensive networks in security policy to produce analysis of the national security implications of emerging technologies.

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Law Students Urge Federal Election Commission to Regulate Online Political Ads

In May 2018, students in Georgetown Law’s IPR Tech and Communications Clinic filed comments with the Federal Election Commission, urging new rules to require public disclosure of paid political ads on social media. Students worked on the comments on behalf of three civil rights organizations, the National Hispanic Media Coalition, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, and Color of Change.

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Baker Future Fellows Gain Hands-On Policy Leadership in Experiential Fellowship

Launched in partnership with New America, the Baker Future Fellowship gives students exposure to cutting-edge thinking in the intersections between emerging technology (especially automation and artificial intelligence), work, opportunity, and social impact. As part of their work, Fellows perform data analysis and policy research, write thought pieces, and participate in weekly skill-building sessions to cultivate their leadership capacity.

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Master’s in Health Informatics Prepares Students To Tackle the Future of Medical Data

A new master’s degree program at Georgetown University’s School of Medicine is aimed at the future practicing clinical informaticians who will lead this field. In contrast to similar degree programs at other institutions, this new program will teach students to view the data they analyze from an ethical perspective, with the goal of using data science to improve health, health care outcomes and reduce costs—all with public policy and social justice in mind.

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Master’s Program in Communications, Culture & Technology (CCT) Brings Together Diverse Skill Sets

CCT students learn to cut across institutional and disciplinary boundaries and explore how our society uses media and technology to communicate from social, economic, political, and cultural perspectives. Backgrounds, skill sets, and academic focuses are diverse—from economists studying theories of culture and communication to artists building robots.

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New Joint Degree Combines Data Science with Public Policy

Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy and Graduate Analytics program now offer a joint degree for students interested in pursuing a concentration at the intersection of data science and quantitative public policy analysis. The course is oriented towards public service and civic engagement but relevant in the private and nonprofit sectors.

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Law Students Work with MIT Computer Scientists to Write Policies for Emerging Technologies

Georgetown Law’s Federal Legislation Clinic and Center on Privacy & Technology offer a first-of-its-kind class pairing Georgetown Law students with MIT computer science students over the course of a semester. Teams of students work together on projects that focus on where policy meets the real world. The course culminates in student presentations to regulators and policy experts in Washington, D.C.

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Ethics Lab Students Gain Hands-On Learning at the Intersection of Data and Ethics

Digital innovations like machine learning and AI are transforming our lives, creating potential for both tremendous social good and unprecedented challenges. Using Ethics Lab’s signature blend of ethical theory and creative exercises, students in a new Data Ethics course tackle these issues and work on projects to address questions such as: How can big data be used for the public good? Does the use of predictive analytics in employment and policing decisions reduce or reinforce bias? Is privacy dead—and should we care?

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