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A new name for the field introduced by the Ford Foundation, Public Interest Tech "is an emerging scholarly and professional field that is defined by the deployment of technological expertise in service of the common good, often with a focus on under-resourced communities and needs." (definition from Cornell Tech)

Building the Public Interest Technology Infrastructure of the Future

How a robust public interest technology field can overcome historical inequities and ensure that everyone can fully benefit from technology. By Jenny Toomey & Latanya Sweeney

Public Interest Technology at Cornell Tech

Public Interest Technology (PiTech) at Cornell Tech catalyzes and amplifies technical advances that promote societal welfare and address systematically unfulfilled needs. The programming currently consists of a Master's-level applied internship and a public interest track in the program's product studio. 2 West Loop Road, New York, NY 10044

Harvard's Public Interest Tech Lab

We help shape the future of technology and society to advance equity, expand opportunity and protect basic rights and liberties.

Building the Field of Public Interest Technology article

Higher education must give the next generation of technology and policy leaders the interdisciplinary training they need to succeed, write Anne-Marie Slaughter, Darren Walker and Larry Kramer.

PIT Lab @Stanford

The PIT Lab is building a thoughtful community around public interest technology at Stanford. Themes include systemic inequities, democratic values, bridging the divide, career pathways.


PITcases.org is a university platform to help students and faculty find the best ways to make a positive difference in their communities. The website gives detailed information about projects that have come out of PIT classes, as well as reading lists for those interested in teaching such courses.

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