Digital Policy Institute

2011 DPI Policy Forum




September 15, 2011

Alumni Center

Ball State University

 Digital Policy Institute





 Digital Policy Institute

The Digital Policy Institute (DPI) was created at Ball State University in 2004 under a Provost Initiative Grant.

The DPI focuses on and is a catalyst for research and education on issues relevant to digital media.

Purpose: The purpose of the institute is to serve the Ball State University academic community as an interdisciplinary association of faculty with a collective research interest in the structure of, and competition within, electronic communications industries and the public policy of digital creation, storage, transmission, reception, consumption, and legal protection of information of various forms, including written, voice, data, still images, video, and computer graphics, in the 21st century.  

Mission: The mission of the institute is to foster a mutually beneficial relationship among faculty of various disciplines across the Ball State University campus by:

(1) promoting the active participation and involvement of Ball State faculty in public policy research related to the information age

(2) serving as a vehicle to support faculty research in the areas of law, regulation, economics, and technology as they relate to public policy issues of local, state, and national interest

(3) establishing a collegial environment that will foster critical thinking across disciplines on national public policy issues

(4) promoting student involvement and immersion in timely public policy research questions at the graduate and undergraduate levels across various disciplines. In fulfilling this mission, the institute will ensure that all of its efforts and activities are consistent with the university's mission, values, strategic objectives, policies, and procedures.





The Internet Innovation Alliance (IIA) is a broad-based coalition of business and non-profit organizations that aim to ensure every American, regardless of race, income or geography, has access to the critical tool that is broadband internet.  The IIA seeks to promote public policies that support equal opportunity for universal broadband availability and adoption so that everyone, everywhere can seize the benefits of the Internet – from education to health care, employment to community building, civic engagement and beyond.