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Building the Public Interest Technology Infrastructure of the Future

How a robust public interest technology field can overcome historical inequities

The first Model T hit the market more than 100 years ago, in 1908.

For American consumers, mass access to the automobile was a miracle—a game changer that enabled vast opportunities for commerce, travel and social mobility. But the prevalence of this new technology also presented a novel set of previously unforeseen challenges.

Cars jolted off the road, killing pedestrians—and even children playing in the street. They competed for space on unmarked lanes with horse-drawn carriages and cable cars. Without a clear consensus on who owned the roads, there was no way to regulate them and ensure the common safety of all. And eventually, pollution and exhaust proved global problems, spilling into the atmosphere and skyrocketing carbon emissions.

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