Information and Society

The Annenberg Public Policy Center examines the public policy implications of changes in technology and communication. It conducts research on issues of technology and policy, privacy, equity, international communications and infrastructure.   The Center has studied the changing role of the Internet, in particular the Internet and privacy. Its researchers have examined the role of television in shaping health policy, the portrayal of the medical profession on television and the role of women leaders in emerging communication fields. The Center has co-sponsored conferences on risk assessment, the use of new technologies to provide wider access to health information, online journalism and hyperlinks and society.

Predicting Preferences for Types of Sex Education in U.S. Schools

The authors examined how support for abstinence-only education, comprehensive sex education, and condom instruction in US schools was related to beliefs about their respective efficacy, as well as how policy preferences were related to demographic, political, and social variables such as political orientation, attendance at religious services, and having an adolescent in the household.

APPC Contributes to Consumer Privacy Study Contradicting Claims That Americans Want Tailored Advertising

Annenberg Public Policy Center researchers Amy Bleakley and Michael Hennessy served as co-authors of a study directed by Annenberg School for Communication Professor Joseph Turow suggesting that the majority of Americans (66 percent) are opposed to advertising tailored to their interests, despite marketers’ claims to the contrary. A collaborative effort of the Berkeley Center for Law

APPC research published in the Journal of Consumer Affairs

The current issue of the Journal of Consumer Affairs features an article summarizing findings from a national survey led by Annenberg School for Communication Professor Joseph Turow, Ph.D., and funded by the Annenberg Public Policy Center, to examine online consumers’ understanding of privacy rules and regulations. The survey data, originally gathered in 2005, was recently