ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY
The PIT DifferenceBloomn’s competition design is one of equitable access to the largest number of interested competitors, stakeholders, and impact catalyzers as possible. Competitions run throughout the entire year and are not limited to a small subset of interested problem solvers, growing the community in a barrier-to-entry minimized fashion while making challenge participants more competitive for future opportunities.
Building the CUNY PIT Lab
CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK
Principal Investigator: Katie Cumiskey, Professor/Academic Coordinator CSI St. George/CUNY
The CUNY PIT Lab will build on the field-building goals outlined by PIT-UN and help to define PIT across CUNY’s academic programming.
Advanced Technology in Society and the Public Interest
CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY
The transdisciplinary Advanced Technology in Society and the Public Interest (ATS-PI) involves the disabled community as equal partners and focuses on large questions regarding the future of human-machine technology and humanity.
Columbia-Lehman Public Interest Technology
Data Science Corps (PIT-DSC)
This project, a collaboration between Columbia University and Lehman College, will expand and scale a Public Interest Technology Data Science Corps (PIT-DSC) summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program that offers experiential learning through a series of PIT projects working with NYC’s underserved communities.
PIT Student Network
Principal Investigator: Noha Hazzazi, Assistant Professor, College of Engineering and Architecture (CEA)
The project will unify PIT resources by creating a central hub for students and spreading awareness across a centralized PIT network. The PIT network will allow students to participate in PIT events and activities, such as an annual hackathon, at different institutions throughout the year. In addition, the project will generate a toolkit, including a club inbox consisting of student-related branding, startup, and resources.
The PIT Difference
A major barrier to broadening participation in the field of technology among historically excluded groups is the emphasis of degree programs on theoretical aspects of computing and data science. A PIT club network that engages students from diverse majors around topics ranging from surveillance and privacy rights to the delivery of government services provides a lower threshold opportunity for exploration than traditional course or degree offerings in computer science, engineering, or other technology disciplines. Faculty engagement with the club will create a new channel to identify and support individuals from historically excluded groups interested in deepening their education in technology.
Scaling-up of PIT-UN grant to MIT’s Cybersecurity Clinic to Create a National Consortium of University-based Cybersecurity Clinics
MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Principal Investigator: Lawrence Susskind, Ford Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has created a Cybersecurity Clinic that operates out of the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning. For the past three semesters, the clinic has assigned appropriately trained interdisciplinary MIT student teams to aid city agencies and hospitals in New England that seek help assessing their vulnerabilities to cyberattack.
The second phase of the project seeks to enable colleges and universities across the country to create and join a consortium of Cybersecurity Clinics. The project will track clinic expansion and generate case studies on each of the founding clinics, which will also help demonstrate the need for appropriate standards of care for cybersecurity in the public sector in the United States.
THE PIT DIFFERENCE
The MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning, where the Cybersecurity Clinic is based, has a disproportionately large representation of students of color compared with the rest of MIT. The instructional program in Cybersecurity for Critical Urban Infrastructure (currently offered tuition-free on edX) means that small colleges anywhere in the country can make basic classes in cybersecurity available at no cost to their students. The project seeks to make the work of the clinic and the consortium accessible to an inclusive set of colleges, including historically Black colleges and Native American colleges, at no cost.
GISEC3: Social and Urban Vulnerability
Analysis for Resilience Building
MIAMI DADE COLLEGE
Principal Investigator: Carlos Genatios, Ph.D.
Building on the existing GISEC (Geographic Information Systems for Environmental Awareness and Community Engagement) project launched in 2019, GISEC3: SURE (Social and Urban vulnerability analysis for REsilience building) will contribute to the assessment of social vulnerability and environmental risk raising awareness of the ethical and societal urgency that climate change, disasters, and resilience building require.
Bridging the Digital Divide in Indian Country
PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY
Principal Investigator: Sascha Meinrath, Palmer Chair in Telecommunications at Penn State and director of X-Lab
X-Lab, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that addresses digital equity and access, seeks to address the urgent need raised by Native American allies to bolster broadband implementation capacity among tribes by developing technical expertise and educational resources through workshops and pilot deployments.
Career Launch Pad: Building a
ROCHESTER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Principal Investigator: Justin M. Pelletier, PhD, Director, Cyber Range and Training Center, RIT Global Cybersecurity Institute
Faculty with the Global Cybersecurity Institute (GSI) at Rochester Institute of Technology will build a federally certified, Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Program (IRAP) in cybersecurity.
Public Interest Technology California
Digital Equity (PIT-CDE)
SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY
Principal Investigator: Ahoura Zandiatashbar, Assistant Professor and Spatial Analytics and Visualization Institute (SAVI) Co-Director
The Ethical Tech Initiative of D.C.
THE GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
The Ethical Tech Initiative of D.C. partners with marginalized communities to bridge communications, education, and technology gaps to provide access to justice to underrepresented communities, including incarcerated persons and other self-represented litigants, to advance the values of access, fairness, due process, and equality.
Sustaining DataLab and Expanding
Its Reach in Liberal Arts Colleges
THE UNIVERSITY OF THE SOUTH
Principal Investigator: Matthew Rudd, Chair and Associate Professor of Mathematics
Sewanee will expand its social data institute by adding a pre-college cohort and a faculty development program for the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation and the Appalachian College Association.
The Penn-CMU Digital Health Privacy Initiative
UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
Principal Investigator: Ari Friedman, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Medical Ethics, and Health Policy
The Penn-CMU Digital Health Privacy Initiative will grow a unique collaborative network focused on advancing research, training, and policy to address privacy and discrimination risks associated with the collection and use of health-related digital data.