Want to build tech for good? Understand people's needs first

Ford Foundation technology fellow and political scientist Wilneida Negron writes this Fast Company op-ed as part of their 'World Changing Ideas' series on her career trajectory as a coder and a social justice advocate. The piece shares her insights on the tech industry’s fast-moving, top-down approach and growing social divisions, and her call to action for technologists and tech giants to create a more just and fair technological world. 

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