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New Stanford lab will create technologies that help alleviate poverty in America

Candid of David Grusky

David Grusky, director of the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality, speaks at the Summit on Technology and Opportunity.

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Dec 6 2016

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Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality launches a new initiative to develop technology-based solutions to rising inequality in the U.S.

The invention of the internet and other technologies is arguably a double-edged sword. Although new technologies have solved many problems, they also have the potential to eliminate jobs and increase inequality in the United States.

The Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality intends to reverse some of the negative effects of technology through a new initiative, the Stanford Poverty and Technology Lab. The lab will bring together Stanford students and faculty, Silicon Valley leaders, and experts in the government and nonprofit sectors to incubate technology-based solutions to poverty and inequality.

The center’s new initiative was announced during a Summit on Technology and Opportunity, which was hosted last week by the center, the White House, and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.