Public policy

Berkeley receives grant to grow public interest technology

Jennifer Marigold

10/7/2019 - UC Berkeley received a $180,000 grant from the Public Interest Technology University Network to develop an innovative curriculum that encourages students to work across disciplines and understand the ethical, political and societal implications of technology.

Can cellphones help cities be more energy efficient?

San Francisco

9/23/2019 - Berkeley Engineering, Berkeley Lab and MIT researchers have created a new tool that uses cellphone data to estimate building occupancy rates in urban areas, with the aim of optimizing energy use at a citywide scale — and helping to mitigate climate change.

Berkeley links up with Facebook, but wants to see tech giant’s accountability

Hany Farid and Alexei Efros, with the Facebook logo

5/17/2019 - Stung by bad press and government investigations, Facebook is investing $7.5 million in a partnership with three universities — UC Berkeley, Cornell and Maryland — to develop new methods to improve detection of fake content, fake news and misinformation campaigns. At Berkeley, the work will be led by EECS professors Hany Farid and Alexei Efros.

The science of war games

Collage of photos of participants playing war game

5/1/2019 Researchers have built an online, multi-player video game to explore how nuclear weapons influence decision making in a conflict.

Activism 2.0: Coding against sex trafficking

Thumbnail of video: Coding against Sex Trafficking

1/30/2019 - UC Berkeley's ongoing video series on the intersection of social activism and technology profiles recent CS doctoral graduate Rebecca Sorla Portnoff, who uses her computer security know-how to help catch sex traffickers.

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