The University of Michigan has joined the Public Interest Technology University Network, a new partnership of 21 colleges and universities dedicated to building the nascent field of public interest technology and growing a new generation of civic-minded technologists.
Started by the Ford Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, and New America, the network represents a powerful alignment across sectors as part of a new push to define and build the public interest technology sector. As a founding member, U-M will train the next generation of technology and policy experts to design and deploy technologies that serve the public good.
“The University of Michigan has always been on the forefront of advances that profoundly change the way we live and interact in our society,” said President Mark Schlissel. “I am proud that the Public Interest Technology Universities Network is uniting higher education, philanthropy and public policy to consider and address the impact of technology on our shared future.”