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