Telecommunications, Technology and Information Policy
Understanding the history, law and regulation, economics, and the industry structure of telecommunications and new information technologies is the focus of this area. Many faculty and graduate students in this area of interest study the social implications of communications technologies and their potential for improving democratic discourse, social responsibility and quality of life. Other areas of emphasis are the convergence and globalization of telecommunications and the rise of the global media enterprise.
The Bellisario College is home to the Pennsylvania Center for the First Amendment and the Institute for Information Policy. These organizations serve as centers for research and outreach. Research spearheaded by these organizations has been cited widely in the public policy realm, including in testimony to Congress and in briefs and petitions to the U.S. Supreme Court.