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    Welcome to the Center on Technology, Data and Society

    The Center's vision is to contribute to our understanding of how technology’s potential for innovation is realized in government and society; what roadblocks or negative effects must be addressed; and how to leverage for the public good the information and data made possible by technological advances.

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Digital technologies have transformed the availability and use of information and data through the power of networking, scale and speed, presenting both emerging opportunities and threats. For individuals, technology represents access to information - essential for democratic citizenship, economic opportunity and the ability to participate in society. Information and data generated by new technologies promise significant benefits for communities and the nation. But governments and nonprofits must understand how to effectively use them, manage challenges for public policy, and promote inclusion and social gain.

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CTDS Fellow and Student Win National and ASU Awards for Research on MERS Coronavirus Emergency Response

Research on the 2015 MERS Coronavirus outbreak in Korea has earned national and university honors for research excellence and has timely implications for government policies around the world today.

Associate Professor Yushim Kim and doctoral student Chan Wang coauthored a study titled “Planned, But Not Planned Effectively: Public Health Emergency Response in Korea,” that was selected for the William Petak Award, the best conference paper on emergency and crisis management accepted for the 2020 American Society… continue reading


December 6, 2020 - 3:41pm

In an article for the Arizona Republic, Megan Taros describes ongoing distance learning challenges experienced by families with inadequate internet connections.

In the article, ASU CTDS...

April 30, 2020 - 4:10pm

As the coronavirus pandemic unfolds, issues for public policy and management are emerging rapidly. Research presented in this working paper series discusses the pandemic and recovery, especially...

April 7, 2020 - 7:00am

A new study is being released along with a website that will make new data on digital participation in communities publicly available. Through collaboration with GoDaddy, the world’s largest...