Public interest technology or public interest tech (PIT) is a field that combines expertise in technology, especially computing, with the common good. Public interest tech can be divided into two approaches:

  • The application of computing and related technologies to serve the common good.
  • Applying knowledge of computing and related technologies to public policy.

The word "technology" can refer broadly to any devices, processes, or skills used to solve practical problems. In the context of public interest tech, however, "technology" is often narrowly defined as "digital skills required to build modern products and services" (Code for America 2018). This narrower definition of "technology" includes, but is not limited to, the following disciplines:

  • Software engineering
  • User experience (UX) design and research
  • Data science and data engineering
  • Product management
  • Computational sciences, such as computational biology and computational social science

Organizations that promote public interest tech include:...

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