Tech and Society Solutions Lab

The Tech and Society Solutions Lab draws on Omidyar Network’s long-standing belief in the promise of technology to create opportunity and social good, as well as our concern about unintended consequences that can result from technological innovation.

We are at a critical juncture to ensure that technology is a force for good amid rising concerns. Our team aims to help technologists prevent, mitigate, and correct societal downsides of technology—and maximize positive impact.

We are co-creating solutions with technologists and civil society to advance these goals. Examples include partnering with tech companies and others to find metrics that better track their contributions to the health of the public sphere, reinventing how we educate the next generation of technologists so that they think actively about these issues, developing a set of principles for responsible data usage among data scientists, and supporting change agents who are tackling emerging problems such as smartphone addiction. We are also advancing interventions that support more inclusive tech cultures and product design practices, and helping employees more effectively identify and prevent harms.

Our hope is that these efforts help technologists build responsibility into core business and product decisions and contribute to a thriving tech industry.

We are at a critical juncture to ensure that technology is a force for good amid rising concerns. Our team aims to help technologists prevent, mitigate, and correct societal downsides of technology—and maximize positive impact.

THE TEAM

Anamitra Deb
Director, Intellectual Capital
Sarah Drinkwater
Director, Tech and Society Solutions Lab
Paula Goldman
Vice President and Global Lead, Tech and Society Solutions Lab
Raina Kumra
Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Tech and Society Solutions Lab
Jill Macari
Principal
Eshanthi Ranasinghe
Senior Manager
Yoav Schlesinger
Chief of Staff, Tech and Society Solutions Lab
Libby Smiley
Director, Marketing & Communications

FROM THE BLOG

Hacking a More Ethical Future

While most Computer Science students are still years from joining the workforce, it’s vital to remember they are among the C-suite decision-makers and full stack developers of tomorrow. A healthier, more ethical technological future is in their hands, so how they view their responsibilities as technologists is critical.

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NEWSROOM

Independent Research Commission Partnering with Facebook and 7 Nonprofit Foundations to Study Role of Social Media in Elections and Democracy Reveals New Name and Announces First Data Set is Available for Academic Research

The independent research commission that was announced in April to use Facebook data to analyze the role of social media on elections and democracy revealed today the organization's name — Social Science One. The new organization also provided details about how it will work, and announced that academics can now apply for access and funding to study the first Facebook data set.

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