Led by Associate Professor Diane Sivasubramaniam and Associate Professor Sam Wilson, this research program focuses on the development and application of technologies to advance the public interest.
Public interest technologies serve to address social challenges and advance the public or common good. Public interest technologies put people and society at the centre of our technological choices and strive to ensure that the benefits of technology are widely shared. However, public interest technology isn’t one thing. Moreover, it not just about technology experts. Rather, it includes all those who are responsible for adopting and implementing disruptive technologies, particularly in the public sphere.
This research program contributes to the world-wide effort to define and build the field of public interest technology. We also aim to support the next generation of civic-minded technologists and digitally fluent leaders, public officials, entrepreneurs and change agents.