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Universities Team Up to Promote Public Interest Technology

Internet_Networks_Social_AppsTwenty-one universities have partnered to create the Public Interest Technology University Network aimed at creating the next generation of software engineers, social justice advocates and leaders to “develop, regulate and use technology for the public good.” Among those schools founding the network are Arizona State University, City University of New York, Harvard University, Howard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University and University of California, Berkeley.

The New York Times reports that, “in other words, the group aims to both humanize technologists and technologize humanists.”

This interdisciplinary field — which includes and combines computer science, law and sociology among other disciplines — is sought after by students interested in “new technology courses and degree programs that make the public good a priority over industry agendas.” The new Network can be seen as a response to that need.

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