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While the first generations of tech-for-good work took a solutionist approach to addressing existing problems with new technology, scholars and activists are driving growing awareness of the problems with technology itself. By exposing the negative consequences, intended or otherwise, of tech, these communities draw attention to issues with tech-centric approaches. Not all of the projects here adopt an ethics lens in their work, but we use it here for simplicity's sake.

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MLCommons AI Safety

The MLCommons AI Safety working group is composed of a global consortium of industry leaders, practitioners, researchers, and civil society experts committed to building a harmonized approach to AI safety.

Careful Industries

Careful Industries gives good advice to leaders navigating the intersections of social justice and technology.

International Algorithmic Auditors Association (IAAA)

The IAAA is a community of practice that aims to advance and organize the algorithmic auditing profession, promote AI auditing standards, certify best practices and contribute to the emergence of Responsible AI.

Center for Technological Responsibility, Reimagination and Redesign

CNTR’s mission is to redefine computer science education, research, and technology to center the needs, problems, and aspirations of all those that technology has left behind.

AI Existential Safety Map

A fun illustrated map charting AI Safety efforts across blogs, podcasts, training, support, governance, research, and so on.

Project Liberty

Project Liberty

New York City

Project Liberty is advancing responsible development of the internet, designed and governed for the common good.

Responsible Design, Development, and Deployment of Technologies (ReDDDoT)

Supports research, implementation and education projects involving multi-sector teams that focus on the responsible design, development or deployment of technologies.


Anthropic is an AI safety and research company that's working to build reliable, interpretable, and steerable AI systems.

Decentralized Social Networking Protocol (DSNP)

The Decentralized Social Networking Protocol establishes a shared social graph that is no longer dependent on a specific application or a centralized platform.



United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)

Fatima's mission is for every person in the world to have their voice heard, while ensuring a safe, secure, and ethical research experience.

Open Terms Archive

Open Terms Archive publicly records every version of the terms of digital services to enable democratic oversight.

14 renowned European research and computing centers have joined forces to develop an open European infrastructure for web search. The initiative will be contributing to Europe’s digital sovereignty as well as promoting an open human-centered search engine market.



Serbia (Srbija)

Research & Data Investigation Lab - Where indie data punk, meets media theory pop to investigate digital rights blues

Digital Action

Digital Action

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)

We exist to protect democracy and human rights from digital threats.



Serbia (Srbija)

Monitoring digital rights violations and online violations in Serbia.

Next Generation Internet (NGI)

The Next Generation Internet (NGI) is a European Commission (EC) initiative that aims to shape the development and evolution of the Internet into an Internet of Trust.


Self-assessment and other resources to help entrepreneurs incorporate AI ethical principles into their technological solutions of entrepreneurs from seed stages to those who export their technologies to other markets.

Global Observatory of Urban Artificial Intelligence

Its goal is to promote research and disseminate best practice in the ethical application of artificial intelligence in cities.

Directory of UK Safety Tech Providers

A directory of more than 90 UK-based companies which provide technology or solutions which facilitate safer online experiences, and protect users from harmful content, contact or conduct.

FreedomBox Foundation

FreedomBox is a private server system that empowers regular people to host their own internet services, like a VPN, a personal website, file sharing, encrypted messengers, a VoIP server, a metasearch engine, and much more.

Omidyar Responsible AI funding

$30 million initial investment will bridge gaps between industry, civil society, and policymakers, broadening generative AI infrastructure in service of society

California Privacy Protection Agency (CPPA)

The California Privacy Protection Agency (CPPA) is a California state government agency created by the California Privacy Rights Act of 2020 (CPRA)

Divvi Up

Divvi Up

San Francisco

A privacy-respecting system for aggregate statistics

Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)

EPIC is a public interest research center in Washington, DC seeking to protect privacy, freedom of expression, and democratic values in the information age.

Cultural Safety Audit Tools

The Cultural Safety Audit Tool for Individuals is designed to assess an individual’s level of development in understanding critical elements of cultural safety and working to create culturally safe experiences with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals




Greenhost provides hosting for NGOs and businesses that take ethical issues and sustainability seriously.

Freedom Online Coalition

The Freedom Online Coalition is a partnership of 38 governments, working to advance Internet freedom.

African AI Observatory

African AI Observatory

Cape Town, South Africa

Bringing African voices, values and experiences to global debates on AI.


"[V]ictims of violence or bullying can quietly voice activate to record an incident as it is happening and, if necessary, command the app to call the cops." - GovTech Magazine



Brazil (Brasil)

A MariaLab é uma associação sem fins lucrativos, sem vínculo político-partidário e com empresas do setor privado, que atua na intersecção entre política, gênero e suas tecnologias.

Guia de Proteção para Defensoras e Defensores de Direitos Humanos

A publicação visa colaborar na construção de estratégias de proteção, fomentando oficinas coletivas com defensoras e defensores de direitos humanos (DDHs), movimentos sociais e organizações da sociedade civil.

Ceno Browser

Ceno (short for!) is the world’s first mobile browser that side-steps current Internet censorship methods. Its peer-to-peer backbone allows people to access and share web information in and across regions where connectivity has been interrupted or compromised.

reframe[Tech] – Algorithms for the Common Good

In the project “reframe[Tech] – Algorithms for the Common Good”, we are committed to ensuring that efforts to develop and use algorithms and artificial intelligence are more closely aligned with the common good.




Foxglove is a non-profit that fights to make tech fair for everyone.

Deceptive Patterns

A taxonomy of deceptive design patterns, laws, cases, reading list, hall of shame, and Deceptive Patterns book

The Copenhagen Pledge on Tech for Democracy

A commitment to make digital technologies work for, not against, democracy and human rights. It underlines the joint responsibility of governments, multilateral organizations, civil society, and technology companies to develop and use digital technologies to the benefit of democracy and human rights.

Mozilla Rise 25

Mozilla Rise 25

Mountain View, CA, USA

Help us identify and recognize the next 25 game-changers shaping the future of the internet to be more ethical, responsible and inclusive.

Global Coalition for Tech Justice

The Global Coalition for Tech Justice is a newly formed global movement to ensure Big Tech plays its role in protecting elections and citizens’ rights and freedoms across the world, particularly in the global majority where companies – Meta/Facebook, Google/YouTube, Twitter, TikTok et al – have been negligent in dealing with the impacts of their social media and messaging products.

AI Forensics

AI Forensics

Italy (Italia)

AI Forensics is a European non-profit that investigates influential and opaque algorithms. We hold major technology platforms accountable by conducting independent and high-profile technical investigations to uncover and expose the harms caused by their algorithms.

Ethics in Artificial Intelligence and Government report

This [Canadian] report includes the following: Importance of ethics in AI and government, Understanding the impacts of AI on society, Balancing AI-driven efficiency with privacy and security concerns, and Cyber-security and digital trust.

The Student Privacy Resource Center

Student Privacy Compass (formerly known as FERPA|Sherpa) is the student privacy resource center website. This site is your tool for finding information, news, and opinions on maintaining student data privacy. Student Privacy Compass is an initiative of the Future of Privacy Forum.

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