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VOLUME 4  |  JULY 2023

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As more of our lives move online, cyberattacks — once the province of Hollywood thrillers — have become an everyday threat to businesses, governments, and the basic social services we all depend on.

Cybersecurity is fundamentally a public interest issue, and PIT-UN members are leading a diverse movement to shift the field's focus to the wellbeing of people and communities – not only technical systems, nation states and corporations. The Consortium of Cybersecurity Clinics, the recent recipient of a $20 million pledge from Google, is just one example of the innovative, community-centered cybersecurity work that has grown out of PIT-UN.

In the July 2023 issue of PITUNiverse, you'll find editorial features on public interest cybersecurity from across our network, a preview of recently-completed PIT-UN Challenge Grant projects and resources for faculty, students and PIT graduates.
Cybersecurity understood as war by digital means ignores large sections of the everyday population vulnerable to cyberattacks. Innovative projects from across PIT-UN expand our understanding of what cybersecurity is, and who gets to practice it, creating the groundwork for a more secure and just collective future. (Ethan Zuckerman, UMass Amherst)

To design systems that serve all members of our communities, we must learn to value flexible, human-mediated processes, rather than rigid systems and magic bullet products. Lessons and best practices from The Center to End Tech Abuse. (Lana Ramjit, Cornell Tech)

"We want to get our students working with community clients that might not be as familiar with cybersecurity, and who might not have access to training. We want our students to be able to say, 'I’ve worked on a real-world project.'" (Dr. Kevin Harris, Stillman College)

A more diverse cybersecurity field is not only the right thing to do, but the smart thing to do. An apprenticeship program at the Rochester Institute for Technology shows how universities can design programs for a wider range of students that open doors and challenge the field to evolve.
(Justin Pelletier, RIT)

The great opportunities — and great threats — of highly networked technologies are no longer limited to the military and corporations. Federal policymakers and agencies are increasingly interested in cybersecurity, with good reason. Here's what you need to know about the landscape.
(Bridget Chan, New America)
Read more:

The Double-Edged Sword of Free Cybersecurity Training - Dr. Safi Mojidi, New America #SharetheMic Cybersecurity Fellow

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The 2023 PIT-UN Convening at Boston University will explore how universities can partner with government, companies, universities and community organizations to foster public interest technology, and address modern challenges.

Click here to review Program Tracks, Agenda and Travel/Lodging information and book your spot.

*Note that PIT-UN Designees and Speakers will register through a link sent directly to your email.
From the Desk of Program Manager Brenda Perea
Final reports from the 2021 PIT-UN Network Challenge projects are in! This months, we're highlighting community partnerships created at the University of California Santa Cruz, the University of the South and the University of Washington.

If you're looking for ways to get involved with the Network, learn about our PIT-UN Working Groups to network and find resources.
Professors Chon Abraham and Iria Giuffrida (William & Mary) created an experiential program to draw students from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds into the field of cybersecurity. Here, they share learnings from year one of the program to help you reach more diverse student populations and create powerful learning experiences to set them on track to careers in cybersecurity
Create Your PIT 101 Course
Want to teach public interest tech, but aren't sure where to start? Check out these resources from PIT-UN faculty:

Cybersecurity is a fast-growing industry that needs young technologist who are diverse, creative, interdisciplinary and committed to the greater good. This spring, students at Case Western Reserve University explored cybersecurity techniques and careers through an experiential course that included a trip to Washington, D.C.

Hear from Professor Brian Gran and third-year student Chloe Smith about exploring this exciting and complex profession.
Postdoc Research Fellowship at Georgetown
The Georgetown Initiative on Technology and Society is seeking to hire a postdoctoral research fellow to work with the Institute for Technology Law & Policy and the Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation. Their work will be in connection with the Judicial Innovation Fellowship Program (in particular the Hamilton County, Tennessee court and government data project.)

Candidates with a PhD in quantitative social science, strong writing skills, and a background in access civil and/or criminal justice research are encouraged to apply. Send a cover letter and CV to Tanina.Rostain [at]

Talking about a 'schism' [in the AI debate] is ahistorical - Emily Bender, University of Washington
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