Technology and Society

Digital communications technologies have transformed how we connect and engage with the world around us, creating opportunities in every area of contemporary life. But as often as these technologies are used to foster learning and promote justice, they have also been used in ways that amplify inequality. Too many people—particularly those who have historically been excluded or marginalized—aren’t able to access, benefit from, or influence digital platforms. The governance and use of technology are implicated in nearly all the drivers of inequality, underscoring the extent of this problem.

We believe in equal access to, and fair regulation of, digital technology that is designed to advance transparency, privacy, access to knowledge, and free expression for all people. As the speed of global technological change and innovation outpaces public understanding and democratic checks—and as technology continues to reshape relationships between citizens, governments, civil society organizations, and corporations—our work focuses on protecting civil and human rights and freedom of expression.

To ensure that technology develops to meet the needs of the public, we support the growth of technically sophisticated, diverse organizations dedicated to advancing equitable and more inclusive digital spaces and systems. And we seek to develop the technological capacity of social justice organizations, key to strengthening the impact of their vital work in today’s environment.

Our work in Technology and Society

International

We work to advance more equitable and inclusive technology systems, policies, and norms, and to build the technical expertise of groups in other social justice fields.

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United States

Our work supports a growing field of organizations and networks working to ensure that digital technologies advance equity and justice. We also support the development of a field of public interest technologists who bring a social justice lens to their work.

Learn about our work In the US

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Anticipated Outcomes

Open, Equitable, Secure Internet Policy

A robust, networked field of global public interest internet policy institutions has established clear and enforceable legal, regulatory, and technical standards to advance digital rights and access.

Public Interest Technology Expertise and Leadership

Government, civil society, and philanthropy recruit public interest technologists, and ensure that they play a key role in addressing critical policy questions related to digital rights and access, and a developing field of public interest technology organizations serves the public interest on a full range of technology issues.

Integrating Technology and Social Justice

Civil, human, and internet rights advocates work with public interest technologists to develop shared agendas and coordinate campaigns to protect the public.

Secure and Equitable Digital Infrastructure

Built on a more secure and standardized digital infrastructure, the technical foundations of the internet prioritize the public interest.

Anticipated Outcomes

Open, Equitable, Secure Internet Policy

A robust, networked field of global public interest internet policy institutions has established clear and enforceable legal, regulatory, and technical standards to advance digital rights and access.

Public Interest Technology Expertise and Leadership

Government, civil society, and philanthropy recruit public interest technologists, and ensure that they play a key role in addressing critical policy questions related to digital rights and access, and a developing field of public interest technology organizations serves the public interest on a full range of technology issues.

Integrating Technology and Social Justice

Civil, human, and internet rights advocates work with public interest technologists to develop shared agendas and coordinate campaigns to protect the public.

Secure and Equitable Digital Infrastructure

Built on a more secure and standardized digital infrastructure, the technical foundations of the internet prioritize the public interest.

What we don’t fund

We know nonprofit staff’s time is valuable, so we discourage using it to submit proposals that don’t fall within funding guidelines. In this spirit, we aim to be transparent about what our grant making does not support.

We do not make grants to support the development of technology products, including apps, websites, platforms, hackathons, online campaign technology, or other technology products. We do not support computer deployment, education, intellectual property work, traditional media policy, digital journalism, or digital training.