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Top Universities Join to Push 'Public Interest Technology'


The Massachusets Institute of Technology and Georgetown Law are offering a joint course this semester in privacy law and technology.

A group of leading U.S. universities have bandid together to formed the Public Interest Technology University Network.

Credit: Bill Petros

Twenty-one leading U.S. universities have formed the Public Interest Technology University Network, a group that aims to promote various programs designed to teach students how to handle the consequences of technology as it becomes increasingly pervasive in American society.

The group of institutions—which includes Arizona State University, the City University of New York, Harvard University, Howard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, and the University of California, Berkeley—aims to train the next generation of software engineers, policymakers, civic leaders, and social justice advocates to develop, regulate, and use technology for the public good.

Said Ford Foundation president Darren Walker, "If this new digital world, which is supposed to be so much better and supposed to help us all solve centuries-old challenges, actually compounds those problems, it will be in part because there’s not enough people fighting for the public interest."

From The New York Times
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