WATCH: Public Interest Technology University Network 2020 Virtual Convening


Understanding technology and its implications is essential to creating a more just and equitable future. How do we ensure the public is better served by the design and implementation of policies and services which anticipate the implications of technology? How can we include the next generation of computer scientists, information architects, engineers, data scientists, and designers in policy making and public service?

The Public Interest Technology University Network, a partnership that unites 36 colleges and universities, is working to address these very issues by building the nascent field of public interest technology and growing a new generation of civic-minded technologists. We took on these topics in 2020 at the PIT-UN 2020 Virtual Convening November 12 and 13, 2020, which was co-located on Friday, November 13, 2020 with the IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS), the flagship conference of the IEEE’s Society on the Social Implications of Technology- the oldest society and conference of its kind.

While the event dates have passed, you can watch each event, which feature partners from higher education, philanthropy, and public policy. These sessions are a great way to hear these experts discuss building the public interest technology sector, addressing systemic inequality, and discover how you can use a career as a technologist for good.