Help ensure that public interests shape the future of media systems!

Just before the COVID-19 pandemic turned our world upside down, the public was beginning to ask serious questions about the role of recent media forms and technologies and data surveillance in our lives: How are they shaping our culture, politics, and privacy? How are they changing how we exist in the world and how our children are growing up? Almost overnight, media services that had just been handy, became crucial. Suddenly, your doctor and your childrens' teachers were online—as media! If our digital media and information systems mattered a lot before, they are now the foundation upon which everything else rests. Our national discourse and most intimate conversations are all occurring through this ubiquitous ether of data and digital devices.

How are technologies, forms and practices shaping how we see, understand and think about the world and our lives?

Tech and media industry interests are important and they overlap—often complementing and supporting each other—but they are not the same. University-based media labs are a place where public interests can help shape the future of media systems.

To better understand the IRC, what we care about and what we do take a look at our research and listen to our Podcast.

Ways to Give


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