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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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Virtual Workshop hosted on April 9th: Digital Entrepreneurship in Communities of Color

Digital transformation of the economy accelerated rapidly during the pandemic, in ways that are likely to affect entrepreneurship in the longer term. How do these trends affect Black, Hispanic, Asian and Indigenous entrepreneurs and the communities they serve?

In April 2021, ASU's Center on Technology, Data and Society hosted a workshop with researchers and practitioners to explore these trends and discuss how local governments can support inclusive entrepreneurship for community development.

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November 28, 2022 - 1:54pm

PhD student, Ji Eun Kim, was awarded third place for her research at the APPAM 2022 poster session. Her paper, "The Green Space Dilemma: Pathways to Greening with and without Gentrification"...

September 13, 2022 - 1:59pm

The Arizona State University (ASU) Center on Technology, Data, and Society (CTDS) will host a series of educational lectures on the topic “working with spatial data for policy research using R”...

May 24, 2022 - 11:46am

Dr. Anthony Howell, CTDS Fellow and an assistant professor in public policy and management in the School of Public Affairs at Arizona State University has won the Mayo Clinic and ASU’s Seed Grant...