The University of Arizona prioritizes technological development, 4th IR ventures, and data science that is socially responsible and aligned with public interests. Indication of this commitment includes the recently-funded PIT-UN project entitled: Data and Community Science: Getting minoritized undergraduates into the field of Data Science for Public Interest. We also emphasize foci on social impacts as exemplified by the recent NSF-funded Engineering Research Center for Quantum Networks. While developing the foundation for the future of quantum networking, that is, researchers are planning for changes in Internet governance and researching human-usability matters alongside the technical engineers. More information about social impacts research relative to the emerging quantum network can be found here: https://cqn-erc.org/research/thrust-4/. We see this example as a model for future University of Arizona research and training efforts that emphasize human factors alongside technical foci.
Catherine Brooks, iSchool Director & Associate Professor and Founder, Center for Digital Society and Data Studies