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• Ford Foundation discusses using technology for good and the traits that define individuals who specialize in this field.
• How can we create more roles for tech developers, coders and thinkers in the nonprofit world? In what ways will the sector accommodate new innovations?
Does your work, or your interests, involve both technology and making the world a better place? If so, you might be part of a growing field — what we like to think of as a tech justice league.
A new report from the Tech for Social Justice Project, called #MoreThanCode, interviewed 188 people whose work puts them in this cohort—technology practitioners who focus on social justice, the common good, and/or the public interest—to get a clearer picture of this part of the tech ecosystem and who’s part of it. Along with insights about demographics and models of what’s been successful (and what hasn’t), the report helps shed light on the values these diverse practitioners share, in the hope of strengthening the field and getting more people to recognize and seize on their own connection to it.
Here are some signs that you might be a part of the league:
1. You probably don’t identify as a technologist.
2. You believe tech should be used to advance justice, equity, and inclusion.
3. You believe it’s time to rethink what “good” technology is.
4. You’ve had an unconventional career path, and your interests lay in more than one area.
5. You don’t think of yourself as part of any particular field.
Read the full article about reasons you might be a public interest technologist by Ford Foundation.