Michael Best Selected as New Executive Director of IPaT

Michael Best Selected as Executive Director of the Institute for People and Technology

The Georgia Institute of Technology has selected Michael L. Best as the new executive director of the Institute for People and Technology (IPaT) effective August 1, 2023. Best is a professor at the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs and the School of Interactive Computing where he directs the Technologies and International Development Lab. He was director of research for the Georgia Tech – Shenzhen campus and founding director of the United Nations University Institute on Computing and Society (UNU-CS) in the Macau special administrative region in the People’s Republic of China. He has also served as a fellow and faculty associate of the Harvard Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society.

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The Georgia Institute of Technology has selected Michael L. Best as the new executive director of the Institute for People and Technology (IPaT)

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