PUBLISHED In THE Stanford Social Innovation Review | MAY 23, 2022
Putting the Public Interest in Front of Technology
By MULTIPLE CONTRIBUTORS
The Ford Foundation’s technology and society program has spent more than a decade working with the talented technologists, researchers, leaders, and advocates who are asking these questions at scale through a pioneering new field: public interest technology.
Public interest technology is an interdisciplinary approach that demands technology be designed, deployed, and regulated in a responsible and equitable way. That’s why public interest technologists—engineers, scientists, community organizers, activists—explicitly center the experiences of historically marginalized groups who have been both targeted and neglected by technology.
Over the course of this series, sponsored by the Ford Foundation, some of the sharpest minds in this field will explore why and how advancing public interest technology will function best with widespread participation, particularly across four key sectors: academia, civil society, private and public sectors. In an increasingly interconnected global ecosystem, progress toward effective standards and regulations that protect the public must map to global consumer and human rights frameworks. Creating and distributing technology that works for all is an imperative for technologists, social entrepreneurs, business leaders, philanthropists, civil society leaders, and academics in our institutions across the globe.
Read the full series in the Stanford Social Innovation Review.