Why We Started Ethical Tech

by Cassi Carley and Justin Sherman

Digital technology is moving everywhere and impacting everyone. Despite its permeation, the conversations around digital technology's innovation, consumption, and regulation remain largely homogeneous and remarkably exclusive. This led us to found Ethical Tech, a social venture whose mission is to empower ALL people to have a voice in technology innovation, consumption, and regulation.

By the time we met in the spring of 2017, Cassi had already launched FUTURE, the Forum for Underrepresented Teens to Uncover Robotics and Ethics, and was launching the Tech Trust project to evaluate citizens' perceptions of technology ethics. At that same time, Justin was launching Ethical Tech Journal, a nontechnical, general-audience publication dedicated entirely to technology ethics. Months of conversations and mini-projects ensued as the public demand for a technology ethics movement grew. Before long, we decided to combine our efforts.

In 2018, Ethical Tech was born.

 

Cassi Carley, PhD, is the founder and President and Justin Sherman is the co-founder and Vice President of social venture Ethical Tech.