Readings and events from the PIT UNiverse
Data in the ATL – Overcoming Data Challenges in the Fight Against Homelessness. In this panel you’ll hear from local professionals from a variety of fields (academic, community, governmental) about how they collect and utilize data to understand and shape solutions on issues related to housing inequity in our region. (Nov. 11 at 11 am ET)
The PITCh: Interdisciplinary Impact, A Chat with Ezekiel Dixon-Roman and Ryan Calo. The (Public Interest Technology Chat) PITCh is a monthly series of remote conversations between established and early career scholars to support the work of practitioners and academics interested in public interest technology, with topics ranging from substantive issues to professional development topics. (Nov. 17 at 5:30 pm ET)
University of Michigan’s Public Interest Knowledge Network (PIT-KN) kick-off presentation. The PIT-KN aims to answer the question of how we should innovate by bringing underrepresented lived experiences under the spotlight, ensuring balanced and inclusive solutions in the PIT field. (Nov. 18 at 12:30 pm ET)
Responsible Tech University Summit. A free gathering that is open to everyone (not just students) focused on uniting multiple stakeholders, discussing career paths and education journeys, and learning where the Responsible Tech movement is headed. (Dec. 1 at 10:30 am ET)
The U.S. Digital Corps application is now open. Applications may close early, so interested applicants are strongly encouraged to apply ASAP. The U.S. Digital Corps is a new two-year government fellowship program recruiting early-career technologists to launch impactful careers in public service and create a more effective, equitable government. The fellowship offers competitive pay ($80k in Washington, DC) and benefits, as well as opportunities for growth and a path to a long-term, career position. Applications will open on Nov. 8 and close at 11:59 pm ET on Nov. 15 or at 11:59pm ET on the day that 300 applications in that track are received, whichever comes first.
Future Leaders in Public Service Internship Program. Operated by the Partnership for Public Service, the Future Leaders in Public Service Internship Program is recruiting young talent to join the federal workforce in support of two agencies. The program places students with critically needed skills into paid internships and aims to develop a diverse pool of young talent for these agencies. Selected participants in the program will receive: A 10-12 week summer internship with a federal agency; $4,000 per student to cover stipend and other expenses; and professional development sessions, including an orientation and networking events throughout the summer.
Notice of Request for Information (RFI) on Public and Private Sector Uses of Biometric Technologies. The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) requests input from interested parties on past deployments, proposals, pilots, or trials, and current use of biometric technologies for the purposes of identity verification, identification of individuals, and inference of attributes including individual mental and emotional states. The purpose of this RFI is to understand the extent and variety of biometric technologies in past, current, or planned use. Interested persons and organizations are invited to submit comments on or before Jan. 15, 2022.
Digital Safety Technical Assistance at Scale. This report, by Sean Brooks, Director of the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity’s Citizen Clinic program, explores the opportunities and challenges of expanding the digital safety technical assistance resources available to match the sector’s needs. The report draws in part upon lessons learned from the first two years of operating Citizen Clinic, a first-of-its-kind program that engages interdisciplinary teams of UC Berkeley students to provide digital safety services to politically targeted civil society organizations.
Susan Rice speaks at the #vGHC21. Susan Rice, White House Domestic Policy Advisor, Jen Easterly, Director of CISA, and Robin Carnahan, Administrator of GSA, spoke at the 2021 Grace Hopper Celebration about public interest technology.
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