Public Interest Technology Class

The Year of Data and Society funded PIA 2250 class: Working with Public Interest Technology and Civic Data is a class taught at the University of Pittsburgh designed to equip students passionate about social justice issues to work with public interest technologies and civic data.

The curriculum for this class was co-developed by four Pitt centers: Center for Analytical Approaches for Social Innovation (CAASI), Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center (WPRDC), the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), and the University Honors College (UHC). The goal is to discern the opportunities and challenges that can come from working with technology and civic data, prepare students to understand and account for community dynamics, develop socially-responsible research and data practices, and implement projects that hold benefits for both community partners and students.

This class was offered in Spring 2022 and will be offered again in the academic year of 2023-24.