Connect the future, Shanghai, China
Photo Credit: Qi Yang, Getty Images.

Building a
digital ecology
that empowers


Attendees at the gathering of eminent thinkers on artificial intelligence and governance, Perth October 2019.
Photo by Benjamin Horgan.

What we do

We are motivated by a vision of technology that earns society’s collective ‘yes’ because it empowers people – rather than being dehumanising and unaccountable.

Our key objective is to execute on a range of projects that will define the governance of artificial intelligence and our data-saturated world. We have a distinct opportunity and obligation to ensure a level playing field in the face of technology that threatens to have a dramatic amplifying impact on global inequality.

Accompanying all of our work is a tireless commitment to empower citizens and communities and to protect our environment. This creates multiple avenues for impact, from defending workers’ and children’s rights to rigorously assessing the environmental cost of computation.

A young Japanese girl making friends with a robot in Kuromon Market in Osaka.
Photo by Andy Kelly.

How we do it

We partner with people and projects that can rapidly amplify scrutiny and pressure on industry and governments. We aim to protect against the downsides of frontier technologies and advocate for the public interest. These projects and campaigns will be driven by a combination of approaches, including policy, legal, regulatory, standards, technical architectures, community and capacity building.

We advocate red lines and clear positions. We shouldn’t be building machines that exist beyond human control, without an ‘off-switch’. We shouldn’t exempt designers and directors from liability just because their actions are enabled by code. We shouldn’t allow asymmetric services to track people in increasingly inescapable and ever more intimate ways.

Why we care

There can be a tremendous upside to technology, but it doesn’t warrant the uncontrolled excavation of personal data – the building blocks of our identities and communities.

The tech-lash is real and urgent. Whether we’re confronting online tracking and surveillance, opaque algorithms and their tremendous human consequences, or the prodigious unchecked power of the technology industry, we must deliver productive solutions for accountability, governance and the protection of collective interests.