In the PIT practitioner world we are a little bit removed from the emerging PIT academic world. So speaking with Deb Donig at Cal Poly gave me a really great view into the academic side of PIT. Ever since that conversation I have been thinking a lot about how we might be able to move the conversation about the ethical considerations of public interest technology beyond academia and into practice.
There are already a number of people doing this work, but usually when you are building something in the public sector, it is already a lot to just get the thing built in a way that helps real people, you don’t always have the luxury of thinking about how something might be used down the road. But that is a critical piece of the PIT puzzle. It was really thought provoking to spend time exploring these issues on the Technically Human podcast .