Project Libra Optimizing Individual and Public Interests in Information Technology
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New information technologies have created unprecedented opportunities to collect, store, and transfer information in ways that make our lives both easier and safer, but the potential for these technologies to be used in ways that diminish our privacy and civil liberties is equally unprecedented. Effective decisionmaking in this domain will require many kinds of knowledge. To build this knowledge base, the RAND Corporation and Carnegie Mellon University propose an integrated, multidisciplinary research program to be conducted within a living laboratory embodying next-generation information technology on the Carnegie Mellon campus. Our goal is to inform national discussions about technical issues and policy choices associated with information technology as it relates to privacy. This paper presents our vision of this research program.
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