Developing public interest technology by engaging with and empowering communities
Katina Michael’s work includes advocacy for development of new technologies designed first and foremost to serve the public interest — and encouraging new research to achieve that goal. Michael (pictured) recently presented her philosophy for the design of technology at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. A professor in the Fulton Schools, as well as in ASU’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society in the College of Global Futures, Michael wants to see the application of “socio-technical design” at the core of what is reflected in development of new technologies to help ensure they will truly perform in the best “human-centered” interests of the users. That will mean giving communities a major role in the process of establishing guidelines and priorities for the capabilities of new technologies.