Election-hacking, net neutrality and the “internet of things” — Penn State has cybersecurity experts to bring complex topics down to the personal level and are readily available to provide commentary as discussions continue to unfold on trending topics like election security and data breaches.

  • Sascha Meinrath

    Palmer Chair in Telecommunications

    Civil Rights, Law and Policy, Telecommunications

  • S. Shyam Sundar

    James P. Jimirro Professor of Media Effects

    Social Sciences, Journalism & Media, Telecommunications

Penn State has experts in both the technical and policy aspects of cybersecurity.

  • In October of 2018, the National Science Foundation (NSF) pledged nearly $10 million to establish the Center for Trustworthy Machine Learning and develop a rigorous understanding of the security risks of the use of machine learning and to devise the tools, metrics and methods to manage and mitigate security vulnerabilities.
  • Penn State offers multiple majors within the College of Information Sciences and Technology, including Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations, Security and Risk Analysis, and Data Sciences.
  • The Center for Security Research and Education (CSRE) at Penn State brings scholars from diverse disciplines together to pursue holistic, interdisciplinary research and solutions to threats to individuals, physical and electronic infrastructure, food and water supplies, public health, and the natural environment.
Sascha Meinrath

Sascha Meinrath

Palmer Chair in Telecommunications,
Director of the X-Lab


  • Civil Rights
  • Law and Policy
  • Telecommunications

Focus Areas:

  • Cybersecurity
  • Technology Policy
  • Election Hacking
  • Privacy
  • Surveillance
  • Artificial Intelligence

Contact Sascha Meinrath with questions about: How surveillance, cybersecurity, and privacy have changed in a post-9/11 world; government policy; broadband; and the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on Internet connectivity. He can also comment on voting security, technology policy, privacy, surveillance, civil liberties, broadband mapping and artificial intelligence.

S. Shyam Sundar

S. Shyam Sundar

James P. Jimirro Professor of Media Effects,
Co-Director, Media Effects Research Laboratory


  • Social Sciences
  • Journalism & Media
  • Telecommunications
  • Digital Media Technologies and Families

Focus Areas:

  • Emotional and Cognitive Effects of Media
  • Social Media
  • Psychological Effects of Digital Media Technologies
  • Interactive Media
  • Mobile Media
  • Customized and Personalized Media
  • Online Credibility
  • Fake News
  • Online Privacy
  • Virtual Assistants
  • Communication
  • Artificial Intelligence

Contact S. Shyam Sundar with questions about: the rampant misinformation and fake news surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and the vaccines, in particular, as well as how trustworthy internet-based information sources can be identified.

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