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• In this story from Evening Standard, author Amelia Heathman explains how one tech think-tank is trying to serve as an "immune response" to the negative aspects of the internet.
• Doteveryone advocates for responsible technology for a fairer future. What does that fairer future look like? What stakeholders need to cooperate in order to reach that future?
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The internet is often regarded as this big, uncontrollable thing: a place of abuse and hate speech. Yet, it can make life more convenient; helping you to connect with friends and family and providing opportunities to learn something new.
How can we balance all these different aspects of the internet and make it work for us? This is something the tech think-tank Doteveryone is trying to do.
The premise of Doteveryone, that the openness and democratising ability of the internet hadn’t really paid off and instead instilled some major power imbalances, was a mission that [Doteveryone CEO Rachel] Coldicutt believed in and felt she had to take on.
Amazon’s founder Jeff Bezos [recently] said: “Technologies always are two-sided. There are ways they can be misused. I feel that society develops an immune response eventually to the bad uses of new technology.”
Coldicutt says that one way to think about Doteveryone is that it wants to create this immune system for society. It does this in a number of ways. It aims to help businesses be more responsible, the UK government to be better at engaging with tech and creating tech policies, as well as strengthening society’s interactions with tech through education.
In particular, Doteveryone is looking at how to regulate the internet and what that could like in the future. One element of this could be a consumer group specifically focused on the internet, where people could take their concerns about something which happened online.
Read the full article about internet responsibility by Amelia Heathman at Evening Standard