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May 21, 2024/From Our Grantees

Moving Education Toward the Third Horizon

We sat down with LearnerStudio’s founder and CEO Kim Smith to learn about why she founded the organization, her vision for the third horizon of education, the infrastructure that is needed to develop a future-ready educational ecosystem, and the crucial role of philanthropy in driving innovation.

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May 20, 2024/From Our Grantees

AI and our Social Infrastructure: Perspectives from Education Media

Last year Siegel funded a cohort of education media organizations that serve different audiences and aspects of the news media industry. We sat down with representatives from each organization to discuss how AI and its associated impacts are – and could be – shaping the future of information ecosystems. 

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May 9, 2024/From Our Grantees

How Quill.org is Working with Educators to Leverage AI to Improve Student Writing in the Classroom

We sat down with Peter Gault, Executive Director and co-founder at Quill.org, to discuss how his organization is prioritizing the voice of the educator to drive the design and development AI-powered edtech.

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May 6, 2024/From Our Grantees

Building Public Interest Technologists For All Sectors

We sat down with renowned computer scientist and leader of PiTech at Cornell Tech, Deborah Estrin, to learn more about her approach to building a commitment to responsible tech and public interest technology among students, regardless of whether they enter careers in the public, civil society, or private sectors.

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May 1, 2024/Big Ideas, Research

The 10 Big Questions for 2024 on the impact of technology on society

The Siegel Research Team set themselves the challenge of articulating “10 big questions” that we should be grappling with in order to gain greater understanding of the challenges and opportunities that we all face. The list captures our brainstorming at the end of 2023, and incorporates numerous refinements based on many discussions we’ve had in early 2024. 

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April 23, 2024/Big Ideas, Research

From Values Agnostic to Values Driven

The breakneck progress of generative AI seems to be condensing into fresh momentum for comprehensive tech policy. However, to design effective, foward-looking policy, we must start with a shift in discourse around technology and technology policy from values-agnostic to values-driven.

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April 22, 2024/From Our Grantees, Research

Q&A with Siegel Research Fellow at Center for Technology & Democracy Amy Winecoff

Siegel Research Fellow Amy Winecoff reflects on her recent opinion piece “What Today’s AI Companies Can Learn from the Fall of Enron” and how her body of work has led to this moment.

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April 11, 2024/News

We are fueling a Public Interest Technology adventure with Roadtrip Nation!

At Siegel we believe that to build a future where technology serves the public interest and improves people’s lives, we need more than just technologists—we need people who come from many disciplines and backgrounds and can apply their unique skills and perspectives to solving big problems that span tech and society.  

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March 26, 2024/From Our Grantees

Incentivizing a Culture of Feedback Among Funders

The Feedback Incentives Learning Group is a group of funders and philanthropy support organizations dedicated to exploring ways to support nonprofits and motivate foundations to listen to and act on feedback from those at the heart of their work. At the heart of the learning group is the hypothesis that when stronger rewards for organizations that listen well are in place, thousands more nonprofits and funders will improve how they listen and respond to the people they serve.

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March 20, 2024/Reflections

Highlights from our trip to SXSW EDU 2024

Early this March, Siegel staff members from our research, grants, and external engagement team traveled to Austin, Texas, for SXSW EDU 2024.  We met with old and new partners, attended learning sessions, and hosted events throughout the week with a dedicated focus on working together to imagine what the future of education may look like.

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March 19, 2024/From Our Grantees

Case Study: Computing Talent Initiative’s Accelerate Program

By developing capacity at institutions with untapped potential computing talent, investing in quality instruction and applied learning opportunities, and building bridges between this diverse group of computing students and industry, CTI provides a promising path for fostering socioeconomic diversity in a tech sector that often struggles to recruit diverse candidates.  

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