The UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry (C2i2) is an interdisciplinary research center committed to reimagining technology, championing racial and economic justice in the tech sector, and strengthening democracy through culture-making and public policy work. C2i2 is also home to the Minderoo Initiative on Technology and Power, an initiative that investigates the social impact of digital technologies on the broader public good.





Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble
Co-Founder & Co-Director

Dr. Sarah T. Roberts
Co-Founder & Co-Director

Vanessa Rhinesmith, MBA
Executive Director

Dr. Stacy Wood
Director of Research

Select Research

Minderoo Initiative on Technology and Power

Co-led by Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble and Dr. Sarah T. Roberts /learn more

Algorithms of Oppression

Led by Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble /learn more

Commercial Content Moderation (CCM)

Led by Dr. Sarah T. Roberts /learn more

Augmenting Social Media Content Moderation

Led by Dr. Sarah T. Roberts /learn more

Landlord Threat Typology

Co-led by Dr. Matt Bui and Terra Graziani /learn more

Human Rights, Race, & Emerging Technology

Led by Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble /learn more

Scholars Council

The Scholars Council is an advisory communitywho are integral to our commitment to critical research. /meet the full council

Guiding Principles

Social Justice

We believe deeply that our research should have community impact, and foster racial, social, and economic justice


We promote outreach, inclusion, and translation of research to ensure public accessibly for greater impact and positive social change


We invite funders to support our work with an understanding that quality research is best realized with independence


We recognize that transparency of funding sources is a crucial ethical dimension of our work, and we seek to clearly articulate the boundaries between donations and research


We believe in, and support, a global network of research and advocacy relationships worldwide that are interested in critical inquiries of the internet and society

Respect & Care

We aspire to cultivate relationships and practices of “mutual respect, care, pluralism and the duty of repair,” consistent with UCLA Department of Information Studies values


The work of the UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry is made possible through generous support from:

Archewell Foundation


Ford Foundation

Knight Foundation

Media Democracy Fund

Minderoo Network

National Science Foundation

Omidyar Network


GSE&IS Office of External Relations
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