Research Initiative

Public Interest Technology

From social media to robots to algorithms that drive everything from policing to housing policy, technology is not a neutral machine. Technological biases and negative externalities have deep effects on society and individuals. The field of public interest technology aims to train leaders and technologists about how technology works, its real and potential pitfalls, and ways to build better technology that serves the public interest. Through research and engagement with students, journalists, and policy makers, the Shorenstein Center’s public interest technology initiative is one of the leaders in this new and growing field.

Related Shorenstein Center Projects

The TaSC project conducts research, develops methods, and facilitates workshops for journalists, policy makers, technologists, and civil society organizations on how to detect, document, and debunk media manipulation and disinformation campaigns.

The Public Interest Tech Lab offers scholars and future leaders practical technology tools and experience, to help reimagine how technology can be used by governments and civil society for public good.

The Public Interest Tech Lab

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The Behavioral Insights Group

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Spotlight

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Research Fellows Join the Shorenstein Center's COVID States Project and Public Interest Tech Lab
A group of research fellows and post-doctoral fellows have joined the Shorenstein Center to work on several resident faculty-led projects. COVID States...
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Shorenstein Fellow Kathy Pham talks tech with Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel
On Thursday, July 15th, 2021, Harvard Shorenstein Center and Rita Allen Foundation Fellow, Kathy Pham, was invited to a meeting with Chancellor Dr. Angela...