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Opinion Policy Society

Who Will Unlock Technology’s Potential?

Tech transformations require education and imagination. If we don't focus on that, we may fail to benefit from a variety of promising but sometimes scary technologies.   More

Society

Can Capitalism Be Fixed?

Creating a system that mirrors ancient kin relationships may be key to fighting global inequality.   More

Business Society

What is Womxn? Here’s Why Your Company Needs to Get on Board.

Major companies are moving into the conversation about how to reflect the increasingly complex, nuanced ways Americans identify ourselves.   More

Innovation Partner Insights Society

Big Ideas, Little Learners

A new and detailed report from Omidyar Network explores the state of American innovation in early childhood and advocates more and better-focused spending. Few investments yield more societal benefit.   More

Community Insights Net Giants Society

Google Search Results Are Dumbing Down

Google is not the source it once was, argues analyst Kay. Advertising considerations have undercut its previously less-biased approach to information, as is happening across the net. This is a major cautionary tale about where we're headed. And it makes him nostalgic for print, where nothing ever goes away.   More

From the Magazine Society

One Human Rights Campaign’s Social Media Struggles

My Stealthy Freedom is an Iranian women’s rights campaign against compulsory hijab laws. It is a thorn in the side of the Islamic Republic and has been the victim of sustained cyberattacks, hoaxes, misinformation and abuse for the past four years. The campaign relies on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube to reach its target audience and has faced different challenges with each social media outlet.   More

Society Techonomy Events

#MeToo Comes Out of the Shadows

As the tech industry’s issues with sexual harassment, workplace mistreatment, and abuse of power move into public view, employees are holding their companies accountable with displays of activism.   More

Society Techonomy Events

Tomorrow’s Midterms and Next Week’s Techonomy Conference

No matter the outcome of tomorrow’s U.S. midterm elections, political and business leaders must look inside themselves and examine how their every action, and those of their organizations, affects society’s future and the prospects of individuals in it.   More

From the Magazine Learning Society

Will Technology be the Death of Education?

Schools have lost control of technology. Parents, teachers and students are all equally confused about how to balance tech in the classroom and beyond. The author, a clinical psychologist and school consultant, raises a sobering warning.   More

From the Magazine Net Giants Society

Facing Facebook’s Failure

Facebook is a broadcast platform for anyone, including those who would break the rules, fake the news, lie, and mislead the community. Societies around the world are reeling from the consequences. Politics and democracy are under duress. And thus far, Facebook does not have an effective way to fight back.   More

Community Insights From the Magazine Society

Five Ways for Facebook to Help its Next Billion Users

The emerging Asian, African, and Latin American markets, the "Digital South," will be the source of Facebook’s growth. But Facebook needs a proactive, context-aware strategy for tackling the mushrooming fake news problem in the region. The author has five suggestions.   More

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