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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Harvard Kennedy School Launches the Democracy and Internet Governance Initiative
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Shorenstein Center Research on Disinformation and the Public Interest Internet Receives Support from Craig Newmark Philanthropies
$5 million gift to the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy will advance the work of the Technology and Social Change Research Project   The...