Together, we can align technology with humanity’s best interests.

Ad-driven technology platforms like Facebook, Google, and Twitter are some of the largest companies in human history. Addressing their harms won’t be easy. But together, we can chart the path forward and lay the foundation for more humane technologies.

People like you are demanding change.

When The Social Dilemma was released, it took only 3 weeks to become Netflix’s most popular documentary of 2020. That’s because millions around the world already knew something was very wrong with tech. Now those millions can combine forces to exert power and demand change.

  • 🤳 Citizens are sharing stories, flagging harms, and demanding reform
  • 🎓 Students are organizing on campuses and growing the movement
  • 🏫 Educators are teaching about harms and solutions
  • 💻 Technologists are working to redesign harmful technologies
  • ⚖️ Policymakers are crafting laws to hold companies accountable
  • 💰 Investors are shifting funding toward humane technology pioneers

Together, we’re creating a new era of humane technology.

Through lesson plans as well as algorithms, through deep conversations as well as code, this movement is creating the conditions for humane technology that:

  • Is values-centric and designed with awareness that technology is never neutral, and is inevitably shaped by its surrounding socioeconomic environment
  • Is sensitive to human nature and doesn’t exploit our innate physiological vulnerabilities
  • Narrows the gap between the powerful and the marginalized instead of increasing that gap
  • Reduces greed and hatred instead of perpetuating them
  • Helps to build shared reality instead of dividing us with fragmenting realities
  • Accounts for and minimizes the externalities that it generates in the world

We’re shifting how the big platforms operate.

Extractive tech companies have been able to maximize engagement at all costs, with little pushback. Until now. The humane technology movement is beginning to apply real pressure — and the platforms are noticing. As we build power we’ll:

  • Put public pressure on tech leaders and remove their social license if they fail to respond
  • Train and support workers changing tech from the inside
  • Create the conditions for a new generation of competitors that are more equitable, accountable, and humane

We’re changing the system with smart regulation.

Businesses rarely change unless they’re forced to change by law or because it becomes too expensive not to. Often it’s a combination of both. For humane technology, the goal of public pressure and regulation is to:

  • Force platforms to pay for their externalities, i.e. the harms they inflict on society
  • Halt tech companies' unrestrained race for human attention
  • Make platforms past a certain size or influence over the public square accountable to the public interest

See our complete policy recommendations.

Everyone has a part to play.

It will take millions of us to win. At the Center for Humane Technology, we are dedicated to using our unique skills to support the movement, in partnership with many other concerned organizations, by:

  • Educating the Public: Awakening millions to the individual and societal harms of social media platforms through mainstream and new media, creating consumer pressure for more humane products.
  • Informing Policy Change: Briefing policymakers in confidential sessions and public testimony to support the creation of the policy architecture that protects society and rewards humane technologies.
  • Supporting Technologists: Working to inspire technologists and change the culture inside tech companies through training, events, conversations, and advising executives.

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Podcast Episodes

CHT’s podcast Your Undivided Attention, hosted by CHT co-founders Tristan Harris and Aza Raskin, deeply explores many of the topics in The Social Dilemma. Here are just a few of the most relevant episodes:

20 - The Bully’s Pulpit

As the Campaign Director of Avaaz, Fadi Quran and his team go to great lengths to figure out exactly how social media is being weaponized against vulnerable communities, including those who have no voice online at all.

June 22, 2020

9 – The Dictator’s Playbook

Maria Ressa is arguably one of the bravest journalists working in the Philippines today. As co-founder and CEO of the media site Rappler, she has withstood death threats, multiple arrests and a rising tide of populist fury that she first saw on Facebook, in the form of a strange and jarring personal attack.

November 4, 2019

4 – Down the Rabbit Hole by Design

When we press play on a YouTube video, we set in motion an algorithm that taps all available data to find the next video that keeps us glued to the screen.

July 10, 2019

1 – What Happened in Vegas

Natasha Dow Schüll, author of Addiction by Design, has spent years studying how slot machines hold gamblers, spellbound, in an endless loop of play. She never imagined the addictive designs which she had first witnessed in Las Vegas, would go bounding into Silicon Valley and reappear on virtually every smartphone screen worldwide.

June 10, 2019