Princeton engineers contribute many aspects of security – from creating a more secure Internet to helping communities withstand natural disasters to improving technologies needed for national defense. Confined to no single academic department, security is an area where engineers combine fundamental research and a spirit of cross-disciplinary collaboration. The Center for Information Technology Policy conducts research at the intersection of technology and society, including issues of privacy and security.
Despite ample evidence that Atlantic hurricanes are getting stronger, Princeton University-led research found that people's view of future storm threat is based on their hurricane experience, gender and political affiliation. This could affect how policymakers and scientists communicate the increasing deadliness of hurricanes as a result of climate change.
Researchers have found that the "Great Firewall" technology that controls internet traffic entering and leaving China is not merely an apparatus that statically blocks traffic. It also actively sends probes to other machines that are connected to the internet, preemptively searching for internet infrastructure and services that seek to circumvent its defenses.
A smartphone application that alerts drivers to local road hazards could help avoid accidents and be a step towards improving transportation policy, Princeton University professor Garnet Chan told an audience during the hackathon sponsored by the Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP) and Code for Princeton on February 27 and 28.