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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.

Suggested reading: Technology Ethics in Action: Critical and Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Edited by Ben Green.

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Mi Panama Transparente

Mi Panama Transparente

Ciudad de Panama, Panama, Urbanizacion Nuevo Paitilla, Calle 59 E, Duplex No. 25



Public.Resource.Org, 1005 Gravenstein Highway North Sebastopol, CA 95472


Data journalism, analysis on Indian economy, education, healthcare, agriculture, politics

TI Lietuvos Skyrius

TI Lietuvos Skyrius

Didzioji str.5-402, 01128, Vilnius, Lithuania

OSU Open Source Lab

OSU Open Source Lab

OSU Open Source Lab, Kerr Admin B211, Corvallis, OR 97331

Open Knowledge Germany

Open Knowledge Germany

Schlesische Str 6, 10997 Berlin, Germany

Frontline SMS

Frontline SMS

1st Floor, FF16 Bishop Magua Centre, Ngong Road, Kilimani, Nairobi, Kenya



Prof. Carlos Porter 8 depto.201, Santiago, Chile

Knowing without Seeing

Knowing without Seeing is a research project by Amber Sinha which explores meaningful transparency solutions for opaque algorithms, and privileges comprehension over mere access to information.

Coalition for Independent Tech Research

The mission of the Coalition for Independent Tech Research is to advance, defend, and sustain the right to ethically study the impact of technology on society.

Addressing ethical gaps in ‘Technology for Good’: Foregrounding care and capabilities

This paper identifies and addresses persistent gaps in the consideration of ethical practice in ‘technology for good’ development contexts.

Decolonising Digital Rights

The Digital Freedom Fund and its partner European Digital Rights (EDRi) are in the second phase of an initiative that emerged to decolonise the digital rights field.

Identifying Potential Data Risks and Harms

We set ourselves a task to create a short, simple, and practical resource to help teams who are designing projects to identify potential risks and harms.

Coda Story

Coda Story reports on major currents shaping our world from disinformation to authoritarian technologies to the war on science. Coda stays on these stories to reveal why they matter, how they are connected and where they are heading next.

Omidyar Network - The Tech We Want

Omidyar Network - The Tech We Want

1991 Broadway Street, Suite 200, Redwood City, California 94063

The Tech We Want is four-year, $8 million portfolio of work focused on connecting and empowering a new wave of leaders, companies, and technologies that are built on inclusivity, mutualism, sustainability, accountability, and responsible innovation.



Netherlands (the)

An interactive scorecard where people can see if they would be flagged for social welfare fraud under the Netherlands' broken system

Indigenous data sovereignty

Policy decisions on and resource allocations for IEM tend to be made with inadequate data. The focus of the IDS programme is to coordinate a transboundary effort to develop indigenous data with indigenous stewardship.

Civics of Technology

The Civics of Technology Project shares research and curriculum and offers professional development that encourages teachers and students to critically inquire into the effects of technology on our individual and collective lives.

What the Future Wants

What the Future Wants is an interactive youth focused exhibition that presents different perspectives on technology from the personal, to the political, to the planetary.

The Santa Clara Principles On Transparency and Accountability in Content Moderation

The Santa Clara Principles On Transparency and Accountability in Content Moderation cover various aspects of content moderation, developed by legal scholars and technologists based mostly in the United States, targeting social media companies with large use bases.

Facebook Digital Literacy Library

Facebook Digital Literacy Library

United States of America (the)

The Facebook Digital Literacy Library is hosted by Facebook and currently includes learning resources made available by Youth and Media at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International license.

Take Back the Tech

Take Back The Tech! is a call to everyone, especially women and girls, to take control of technology to end violence against women.


Mnemonic is an NGO dedicated to archiving, investigating and memorializing digital information documenting human rights violations and international crimes.

Argentina's Ethical Digital Commitment

"Pledge signed by political parties and technology/social network companies committing to avoiding fake news and mechanisms of disinformation that may affect upcoming elections." - Countering Disinfo

IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology

Focuses on bringing together practicing technologists and researchers to facilitate understanding of the complex interaction between technology, science and society, its impact on individuals and society in general, professional and social responsibility in the practice of engineering, science, and technology, and open discussion on the resulting issues.

Reset Australia

The unregulated attention economy driving social media is fraying our democracy, threatening our mental and physical health, and exposing our children to violent and disturbing content. Our limited attention has become the most valuable resource on the internet and it is captured and manipulated via the rampant and unregulated collection of our personal data. This is surveillance capitalism at work - a relentless assault on our private data that provide intimate insights which are sold to the highest bidder, with next-to-no awareness or control. We are told that having our data taken is the price we pay for the “free” use of digital services. But this system places the priorities of corporates ahead of the social good while it manipulates our social perspective, drives division and isolates us from each other. There are few practical ways to opt out of the attention economy that depends on pervasive surveillance. And even if you manage to on an individual level, the real world impact of this data-driven social manipulation is impossible to avoid. Big Tech controls a global audience of billions with a market power that is unprecedented in the history of media. Yet they have almost no oversight and reject liability for the harms their products cause.

Tech For Good Magazine

Tech-industry-friendly magazine exploring the use of tech for social good

The Pudding's How-to guides to visual storytelling

The Pudding's clever visual essays present data in artistic and meaningfully interactive ways. Here they share "How to make dope shit", and other lessons.


Trigger apps to protect your privacy when in anxious or panic situations


Participate in the international celebration of GIS technology.

Data Ethics Decision Aid (DEDA)

DEDA helps data analysts, project managers and policy makers to recognize ethical issues in data projects, data management and data policies.

Myanmar Tech Accountability Network

The Myanmar Tech Accountability Network (MTAN) is a network of Myanmar civil society organizations coordinating efforts to mitigate the risk of social media induced violence and political instability in Myanmar.

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