Higher ed should participate in shaping beneficial, safe technology: Opinion

July 23, 2021
Higher education should take on a greater role in shaping a future where technology is beneficial and safe, writes Francine Berman. The author argues that higher education can change tech culture by laying a groundwork for improving and teaching “tech offense” and “tech defense”. Berman says that postsecondary institutions should train students how to successfully live in a world that is driven by tech, and that exposing students to Public Interest Technology (PIT) curriculum helps them to develop critical thinking skills that can be applied to the use of technology. Berman argues that students have an interest in learning “tech defense” and “tech offense” skills through these kinds of courses, and notes that the need for these skills and learning opportunities is applicable to the broader community as well. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial)