public interest

noun
1.
the welfare or well-being of the general public; commonwealth: health programs that directly affect the public interest.
2.
appeal or relevance to the general populace: a news story of public interest.

Origin:
1670–80

public-interest, adjective
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In figuring out how to use the city's transport network, the public interest
  should trump private ones.
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Public interest in science ultimately brings funding to science.
The proper guardians of the public interest are governments, which are
  accountable to all citizens.
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