The Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition is dedicated to promoting foundational research that aims to shape the way legislators, regulatory authorities, and scholars think about technology policy, intellectual property, privacy, and related fields. Through major scholarly conferences, symposia, faculty workshops, and other activities, CTIC is committed to providing a forum for exploring the full range of scholarly perspectives on these issues.
The University of Pennsylvania is uniquely well positioned to support the Center’s mission. The University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School is home to many of the nation’s leading experts on intellectual property, Internet law, and technology policy. In addition, CTIC is able to draw on the expertise of scholars from across the University, including the Wharton School, the Annenberg School for Communication, the Cinema Studies Program, and the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Philadelphia is home to a vibrant high-tech legal community and many of the world’s leading technology companies. CTIC’s proximity to New York and Washington, D.C. allows it to enjoy frequent visits from key industry players and policymakers.
Funding and Support Policies
The Center for Technology, Innovation & Competition (CTIC) receives financial support from corporations, foundations, and other organizations that is vital to our continued growth and success. CTIC is committed to autonomy in our scholarship and transparency in our relationships, which harmonize with the governing policies of the Law School and the University of Pennsylvania. These policies govern our relationships with our donors and allow CTIC to fully and autonomously explore all scholarly perspectives on issues involving law and technology.
CTIC’s research funding and support policies are consistent with the University of Pennsylvania’s ethical and professional standards, which regulate financial considerations that have the potential to compromise or bias professional judgment or objectivity regarding the design, conduct, or reporting of research. Our mission requires that we are able to engage with individuals and organizations that occupy a wide array of viewpoints in order to produce fair, impartial, and rigorous research. CTIC’s research is initiated and directed by faculty, and we are committed to maintaining the integrity of our scholarly research and other work.
Under these policies, CTIC does not accept financial support that limits our ability to conduct independent research. This allows us to produce scholarship that is free from outside influence and consistent with Penn’s ethics and values. All corporate donors agree to provide funding free from restrictions and promised results or deliverables. Non-private entities such as foundations, NGOs, and government entities, when offering funding for sponsored research, will negotiate the terms for support with Penn’s Office of the Vice Provost for Research.
Current CTIC Supporters
Charter Communications, Inc.
Comcast Innovation Fund
National Science Foundation
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Verizon Communications Inc.