About the Public Interest Technology University Network

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The Public Interest Technology Universities Network is a partnership that fosters collaboration between 21 universities and colleges committed to building the nascent field of public interest technology and growing a new generation of civic-minded technologists. Through the development of curricula, research agendas, and experiential learning programs in the public interest technology space, these universities are trying innovative tactics to produce graduates with multiple fluencies at the intersection of technology and policy. By joining PIT-UN, members commit to field building on campus. Members may choose to focus on some or all of these elements, in addition to other initiatives they deem relevant to establishing public interest technology on campus:

  1. Support curriculum and faculty development to enable interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary education of students, so they can critically assess the ethical, political, and societal implications of new technologies, and design technologies in service of the public good.
  2. Develop experiential learning opportunities such as clinics, fellowships, apprenticeships, and internship, with public and private sector partners in the public interest technology space.
  3. Find ways to support graduates who pursue careers working in public interest technology, recognizing that financial considerations may make careers in this area unaffordable to many.
  4. Create mechanisms for faculty to receive recognition for the research, curriculum development, teaching, and service work needed to build public interest technology as an arena of inquiry.
  5. Provide institutional data that will allow us to measure the effectiveness of our interventions in helping to develop the field of public interest technology.

Founding members:

  • Arizona State University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Columbia University
  • Florida International University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Georgetown University
  • Harvard University
  • Howard University
  • Miami Dade College
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Olin College of Engineering
  • Pepperdine University
  • Princeton University
  • Pardee RAND Graduate School
  • Stanford University
  • The City University of New York
  • The University of Texas at Austin
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Virginia

For more information about the network, please contact Andreen Soley.