The Public Interest Technology Group (PITG) is a loosely organized group of individuals who self-identify as public-interest technologists, or are otherwise working on and interested in, issues at the intersection of technology, rights, equity and advocacy.
Our participants draw from academic, corporate and civil society organisations working on Internet infrastructure. We were formed during the 2016 Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) 96 meeting in Berlin. Our group created a home for already existing conversations and collaborations between public interest technologists, funders, Internet governance participants and others involved in Internet infrastructure governance and standardization.
Over the past years, the group grew considerably reflecting the interest in, and need for, public interest advocacy in technical spaces. Our focus expanded beyond the IETF to include a number of other standardization organizations, including the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) as well as broader questions of technology governance down the Internet’s stack.
We are always looking for new individuals to strengthen our efforts, so please get in touch!