Welcome to the Center for Information Technology and Society at UC Santa Barbara

CITS is a vibrant and effective network of scholars dedicated to interdisciplinary research and education that seeks to understand and help shape the complex development, use, and social effects of information technologies. We foster cutting edge research across engineering, social sciences, and humanities through dynamic connections with academia, industry, and government.

Upcoming Events

Susan Herring is a CITS Visiting Researcher.

“In this talk, I will present findings from...

  1. February 17, 2023 - 4:00pm

Derek Vaillant is a CITS Visiting Researcher. His book project uses archival methods, science...

  1. March 17, 2023 - 4:00pm

Despite talk about the metaverse, there’s a lack of research on what happens when people

  1. April 14, 2023 - 4:00pm


Dear UC Santa Barbara campus friends and faculty, A&L is excited to continue it's Justice for All series this spring with some new additions, including mathematician and data scientist Cathy O'Neil who will speak on Tuesday, May 3, 2022. 


Message from the Director (December 7, 2021)

Joe Walther

The pandemic lockdown made us rely on our screens for everything, whether it was good for us or not. But the paradoxes of digital technologies’ effects on individuals and society never went away: How devices and platforms that connect us also exploit us, and potentially harm us. CITS is mounting a major effort to review, evaluate, and present to the public what the best research tells us about the Social Dilemmas of digital technology devices and social media.  

--Joe Walther
Mark and Susan Bertelsen Presidential Chair in Technology and Society
Distinguished Professor of Communication

Read the full Director's Message here.

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