Public Interest Technology

Representation & Accountability

Technology too often fails to live up to the promises of its promoters, causing disparate harms that go undocumented and uncompensated. Technology that purports to be for the greater good of society, particular communities or public institutions must be held to an exacting and enforceable standard. 

Who decides what social problems can be addressed through the application of technological tools and how that intervention should be discovered and designed? 

More scrutiny is needed to understand how innovation can lead to the ill-informed and reckless release of products in the name of the public interest and to identify the factors that can promote a more promising future for public interest technology.