Jayakar named co-director of Institute for Information Policy

An accomplished and respected Penn State faculty member has been named as a co-director of the Institute for Information Policy (IIP), a research center supported by both the College of Communications, and the College of Information Sciences and Technology.

Krishna Jayakar, an associate professor in the Department of Telecommunications, has published extensively on broadband adoption and universal access for disadvantaged communities such as minorities and the poor, most recently focusing on broadband access for persons with disabilities.

An award-winning researcher, Jayakar has earned the Deans’ Excellence Award for Integrated Scholarship in 2013 and 2004. In 2002, he earned the Deans’ Excellence Award for Teaching. He teaches telecommunications management and media economics.

The IIP conducts sponsored research and self-funded programs on the social implications of information technology, with an emphasis on the potential of information technologies for improving democratic discourse, social responsibility and quality of life. The institute undertakes both research and programmatic activities aimed at making a direct contribution to society and to advancing the understanding of information technology processes and outcomes. The institute also publishes the Journal of Information Policy, a peer-reviewed professional journal dedicated to timely policy research that addresses contemporary challenges and connects researchers to policy makers.

Since its formation, the IIP has operated with co-directors. Jorge Schement, now vice president for institutional diversity and inclusion at Rutgers University, and Richard Taylor, the Palmer Chair in Telecommunications Studies, were the founding co-directors. Along with Jayakar, the current co-directors are Amit Schejter, an associate professor in the Department of Telecommunications, and John Bagby, a professor of information sciences and technology. Taylor now serves as co-director emeritus.

Jayakar is a past head of the Media Management and Economics Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, and currently serves as co-editor of the Journal of Information Policy and on the board of editors of The Information Society journal. His research has been supported by grants from the Pacific Telecommunications Council, the Time Warner Cable Research Program on Digital Communications, the Media Democracy Fund and AT&T.

Before joining academics, Jayakar was a research officer in India’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, drafting research reports and position papers on media policy.

The IIP is entirely self-funded through gifts and grants. Since its formation, the IIP has received more than $2 million in external support, including in-kind contributions. The institute was once chosen as Penn State’s candidate for a multiyear, multimillion dollar Krishna Jayakar grant.

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Last Updated October 21, 2013