The Markle Foundation has committed $1.6 million to develop graduate training programs that specialize in public interest advocacy related to the Internet and other new information technologies.
Zoe Baird, who announced the gift, said there is an immediate need to establish such programs to keep pace with rapidly emerging issues such as privacy, competition and copyright law raised by new technologies.
“It is a critical time to develop advocates who can articulate public interest in the new economy,” Baird said.
The first grant of $300,000 will support Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. The grant will help start a public interest clinical Internet law program, which will begin representing clients this fall.
The Markle Foundation promotes the development of communications industries that meet public needs.