In a joint commitment to uncover new ways the Internet can be used to foster learning and promote justice, MacArthur and the Ford, Knight, Open Society, and Mozilla foundations have committed a combined $18M in grants to strengthen the emerging field of public interest technology. The grants will support a range of initiatives from fellowships that bring technology into journalism, science, and public policy, to a program that partners with civil society and government organizations to explore how technologies impact civil liberties, civil rights, and consumer protection matters. The NetGain partners also released their first report detailing opportunities and best practices for others to join the movement to build and expand public interest technology.
Community & Economic Development
The Foundation supports prevention of youth violence and the use of information technology to enhance governance, the social sector, and quality of life. MacArthur is exploring new ways to understand the challenges faced by cities around the world, and how to plan, manage, and govern to address them.