Countering extremism with technology

This story for UC Berkeley's Berkeley Engineer magazine is a twist on my usual beat, centering on the nexus of social science and technology. It covers a new interdisciplinary class at Cal that teaches students to design and then build software-based solutions to a pressing real-world problem: violent extremism, or, put another way, ideologically motivated violence. At the helm are a pair of professors with considerable expertise in design thinking, foreign policy, and computer science. They hope the class not only opens students' eyes to the general possibility of using technology to solve real problems, but also leads to the development of truly useful tools for countering violent extremism.

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