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Society Techonomy Events

How to Head Off Tech’s Next Set of Unintended Consequences

As technology races ahead of society’s ability to absorb its impact at work, at home, and in world affairs, unintended consequences are becoming more ubiquitous than e-scooters. Given AI's transformational power and the global stakes, now is the time to assign responsibility for its thoughtful development and deployment.   More

Community Insights Society

Diversity is Meaningless Without Inclusion

Diversity programs are a good start, but diversity hiring alone is meaningless without a commitment to include those voices in a substantial way.   More

Community Insights Society

Investing to Train More Ethical Engineers

A group of tech leaders lead by the Omidyar Network and Craig Newmark will be awarding up to $3.5 million in prizes to creative efforts to integrate ethics into technical computer science education.   More

Society Techonomy Events

We Love Big Questions. It’s the Answers that are Hard.

Tech moves quickly. For most of us, understanding our own behavior and motives as citizens, friends, and consumers can’t even catch up to the reality of our 24/7 immersion in our smartphones. Today's bizarre reality requires even greater effort than in the past, it seems to me. Here's what I think helps.   More

Community Insights Security & Privacy Society

Disinformation and Data Attacks Will Get Worse

Disinformation tactics are getting more and more sophisticated. These are cross-platform, multi-industry threats, and the solutions will be cross-platform and collaborative.   More

Community Insights Society

Omidyar Network and Institute for the Future Introduce Ethical Framework for Tech

Exclusive to Techonomy: The Omidyar Network and the Institute for the Future introduce an "Ethical Operating System,"  a toolkit for helping developers and designers anticipate the impact of technologies they’re working on today. The hope is that technologists can begin to build responsibility into core business and product decisions, and contribute to a thriving tech industry.   More

Society Sustainable Development Goals Techonomy Events

Techonomy: What’s in a Name

What does mean to be "techonomic"? The way we use that word is not to refer just to hardcore technology. Rather, it hangs on how tech transforms everything. It's very much also about how businesses are deepening their conscious engagement with the wider world, with tech as a critical tool.   More

From the Magazine Society

If Society is Governed by Computer Code, How Will Coders Understand Ethics?

As technology extends further through tools like artificial intelligence, we need to ensure that the people writing the software — the computer scientists — are educated in ethics.   More

Community Insights Society

Purpose Can Boost the Bottom Line

A new study connects the dots between purpose-driven companies and sales.   More

Society Techonomy Events

Understand Tech, Understand the World: Techonomy 2018

Understanding how tech alters the world is like trying to understand the world itself. Tech's impacts on society are immense and interrelated. People come to Techonomy to explore all that for themselves and their organizations.   More

Community Insights Innovation Society

What’s the Purpose of Purpose?

Purpose tells you who you are and where you’re going. A compelling long-term vision for how a business sustainably benefits stakeholders, including society, is no chore. It's an opportunity. This is how companies will attract and retain the best people, and how they learn to adapt and react quickly to change.   More

Opinion Security & Privacy Society The Internet

Why Schrage Left Facebook

Elliot Schrage was a loyal and effective leader for Facebook, but his departure indicates significant shifts are underway at this so-controversial company. Watch who the next policy chief is to see if real change is likely.   More

Community Insights Society

Bringing up Baby in a Screen-Centric World

A new mother grapples with a new parenting conundrum — how much screen time is too much?   More

Society Techonomy Events

Jeff Sachs Says Companies Won’t Remake the World. These Companies Beg to Differ.

Speaking at Techonomy NYC, economist Jeffrey Sachs painted a bleak picture of the world's biggest problems. Yet an array of innovators in business spoke about how they are rising to the challenge.   More

Society Techonomy Events

Facebook Co-Founder: ‘Self-Regulation Alone is Concerning’

Facebook took its lumps at Techonomy NYC, most notably from its own co-founder, Chris Hughes.   More

Society Techonomy Events

T+E NYC Preview: Voices of Responsibility

Our speakers at Techonomy evidence a wide range of ways to think about responsibility. Tech and business can no longer just focus on making money, or assume that because they're from Silicon Valley they are golden. The world wants and desperately needs more.   More

Security & Privacy Society Techonomy Events

The Facebook-WhatsApp Lesson: Privacy Protection Necessary for Innovation

WhatsApp founder Jam Koum's breakup with Facebook speaks to how the internet economy could evolve, how competition and innovation could be encouraged, if regulators simply do their job.   More

Opinion Society Techonomy Events

T+E NYC Preview: Are Smartphones the New Cigarettes?

Our devices have overwhelmed us. In this preview of a session to be held at Techonomy NYC, an advocate for online safety argues that we need to develop new behavioral norms and self-discipline to curb our problematic digital habits.   More

Society Techonomy Events

Jeffrey Sachs is Mad at Business (Hear More at Techonomy NYC)

Jeffrey Sachs is one of the world’s top development economists and a relentless anti-poverty crusader. Techonomy’s David Kirkpatrick sat down with Sachs for a wide-ranging conversation in preparation for our upcoming Techonomy NYC conference on May 8-9 in midtown Manhattan, where the two will continue onstage.   More

Innovation Society

A Tech “Trend” to Make You Look Ridiculous

Today's tech brouhaha: Scooters bring big money, big talk, and big controversy.   More