Georgia State U. joins civic tech network

The school is the 22nd member of New America’s network focused on public interest technology, designed to groom civic-minded technologists.
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Georgia State University will join the Public Interest Technology University Network, the school announced last week.

The Public Interest Technology University Network, or PIT-UN, was created by New America, the Ford Foundation and the Hewlett Foundation, and is designed to promote collaboration between 21 universities and colleges around public interest or civic technology efforts. The network launched in March 2019. GSU will be the network’s 22nd member.

“We are excited to join those preparing our public and nonprofit institutions and executives to lead this technology-driven future forward,” said Sally Wallace, the dean of GSU’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, in a statement. “Stronger collaborations among our institutions will be essential in effectively harnessing technological advances to support society’s core values when minimizing the risks and unforeseen consequences they may impose.”

Members of PIT-UN commit to developing curriculum and programs in the public interest technology space, as well as support for graduates and faculty along the way. In return, member colleges will provide data back to New America to assess the effectiveness of the effort, according to New America’s website.


Despite only joining the network last week, Georgia State’s Andrew Young School has already embarked on its public interest technology journey. The school recently launched the Southeast Region Public Interest Technology Fellows Program alongside PIT-UN founding member Georgia Tech.

“We expect our PIT-UN fellowship and membership will provide many new avenues for our school to promote research and curriculum related to public interest technology,” said Ann-Margaret Esnard, Georgia State’s Andrew Young School associate dean for research and strategic initiatives, in the release. 

The fellowship program and network membership will help drive forward the school’s Digital Landscape Initiative: AYS Open, Esnard said. The effort is designed to provide students and staff access to the latest in the public policy innovation field. 

In January, the school announced the receipt of an open educational resources grant from the University System of Georgia.

Jake Williams

Written by Jake Williams

Jake Williams is a Staff Reporter for FedScoop and StateScoop. At StateScoop, he covers the information technology issues and events at state and local governments across the nation. In the past, he has covered the United States Postal Service, the White House, Congress, cabinet-level departments and emerging technologies in the unmanned aircraft systems field for FedScoop. Before FedScoop, Jake was a contributing writer for Campaigns & Elections magazine. He has had work published in the Huffington Post and several regional newspapers and websites in Pennsylvania. A northeastern Pennsylvania native, Jake graduated magna cum laude from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, or IUP, in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in journalism and a minor in political science. At IUP, Jake was the editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper, The Penn, and the president of the university chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

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