TIPI News & Events

Sam Woolley School of Journalism UT Austin

Talk: The Ethical Operating System: How Not to Regret the Things You Build with Sam Woolley

The current wave of computational propaganda has taken the world by surprise. Technology firms, policy makers, journalists and the general public are scrambling to respond to the societal threats posed by disinformation and politically motivated trolling. This talk outlines one method for responding to these issues. It describes and presents the Ethical Operating System (ethicalOS.org), a toolkit for anticipating future uses of technology. Jane McGonigal and Samuel Woolley, with support from Omidyar Network, constructed this guide to help a wide variety of groups think about how to design technology with democracy and human rights in mind. The toolkit has been used by major companies in Silicon Valley, by legislators at the state and federal level and by students in Stanford's design school and intro to computer science courses. It's time, however, to put into the hands of the U.S. public so that they can help in the fight against disinformation and manipulative technology.

Philip Napoli

Digital Media Speaker Series with Phil Napoli

Governance, Social Media and Algorithms: Challenges and Opportunities for Traditional Regulatory Rationales and Self-Regulatory Models
Join us on November 8, 2018, at 3:30 p.m. This presentation focuses on the relationship between social media platforms and established rationales and mechanisms for media governance. As this review indicates, the U.S. system of media regulation is grounded in specific and idiosyncratic technological characteristics of individual media that can be interpreted as justifying regulatory intervention. Some of these technological characteristics may apply to social media, but others clearly do not. The result is that the existing media regulatory framework applies to a diminishing proportion of the media ecosystem.

student in lab

Exploratory Students from Portugal Visit UT Austin

TIPI is pleased to host our largest ever cohort of exploratory students here at UT Austin from the UT Austin | Portugal Digital Media program. As the 10-year program concludes, we welcome more than 15 Portuguese doctoral students visiting Austin from September through December 2018!

Bridge over Lisbon

2018 Call for Digital Media PhD Original Paper Participation Grants

The UT Austin | Portugal Digital Media program is pleased to offer participation grants for Original Papers or Posters presented at the Doctoral Seminar November 29-30, 2018.

The specific aim of these grants is to provide financial support for the thesis and to encourage digital media graduate students to present their original papers and research during the upcoming Doctoral Seminar 2018, November 29-30 in Lisbon. The funding available for students is up to $4,000 per person. Participant payments will be based on the quality of the application documents submitted.

Broadband, the backbone of communication

REPORT: Broadband, The Backbone of Communication

Broadband connectivity is a foundation for economic growth, job creation, global competitiveness and a better way of life. It enables entirely new industries and unlocks vast new possibilities for existing industries. Broadband is changing how we educate children, deliver health care, ensure public safety, engage government, and access, organize and disseminate knowledge in communities.

Compass in Washington DC


Congratulations to Maria Skouras for being awarded the prestigious Consortium On Media Policy Studies fellowship this summer. The Technology and Information Policy Institute is sponsoring this $7500 fellowship. COMPASS Summer Fellows learn about the real world of U.S. federal policymaking and make contributions to the policy process through their research and writing.

Maria is thrilled that she will be doing her fellowship at the U.S Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy (ACPD). The ACPD conducts research that provides honest assessments of public diplomacy efforts and disseminates findings through white papers, reports, and other publications. It also holds public symposiums that generate informed discussions on public diplomacy issues and events. Maria will intern eight to ten weeks from June through early August 2018.  

Her fellowship includes a stipend ($5,000), and support for housing expenses in DC ($2,500). Each year one or two fellowships are available through TIPI. Interested students should provide a letter indicating how a summer fellowship would connect to or enhance his or her research and/or teaching and what kind of placement would be most useful. The next opportunity for a COMPASS fellowship will be in January 2019.


UT Austin | Portugal Digital Media Program Hosts Hackathon

Science can appear inaccessible and complex to non-scientists, whereas communication can seem daunting to scientists. EMERGENCE brought together scientists, programmers, artists, and others, to collaboratively create digital media-based projects that communicate complex concepts in scientific research. During the event, participants were immersed in a collaborative setting where they explored various digital media technologies with a focus on creating stories for both linear and experiential formats. At the end of the hackathon, all four teams submitted their final projects, ranging in topics from radiation the scientific process itself. Still, the scope of EMERGENCE is not confined to the development of projects, but also, through cross-functional teams, to building an authentic community of Digital Media SciComm “interdisciplinaries”.

Patrícia Nogueira poses in front of UT Tower

Student Spotlight: Patrícia Nogueira

Patrícia Nogueira graduated from the UT Austin | Portugal digital media doctoral program in 2018. Part of her work included spending a semester in Austin where she did her research with faculty in the College of Communication and the School of Information. She also audited classes in documentary film production and screen theory. Ms. Nogueira's doctoral work examined three interactive projects hosted by the Canadian Broadcast Corporation and she investigated features of narrative and user engagement in those efforts. While at UT Austin, she collaborated on a short documentary that led her to invite one of the UT students to be a director of photography a subsequent Portugal-based production. Most recently Ms. Nogueira partnered with Professor Andrew Garrison of UT Austin on a proposal to co-teach under a program called Global Classrooms at UT. The class allows international partners to connect with UT students and teachers and features a significant online component of education. This is a great example of some of the outcomes of the international collaboration fostered by the digital media program area.