harnessing the power of tech to advance equality
What if technology didn’t entrench inequality?
What if we created it to do the opposite – advance equality?
We know tech can discriminate, so surely it can also be inclusive?
By embracing the inherent bias in technology, we can develop digital products that help us challenge harmful norms and stereotypes, and that nudge us towards more inclusive behaviours.
We can create Equality Tech.
Research shows that we talk differently to children depending on their gender. We talk to boys about their abilities. We talk to girls about their bodies. And little by little this starts to influence how they see themselves. Boys are brave. Girls are pretty.
Technology can amplify these gender stereotypes.
Sheboard is a predictive text app that encourages its users to use less gendered language when typing about girls and women. It works just like a regular smartphone keyboard, but when typing something related to girls or women, it suggests less gender stereotypical words than many regular keyboards. In this way, the app nudges its users towards using more diverse language.
Sheboard is an example of Equality Tech.
We are currently running workshops with young people all over the world to come up with new ideas for Equality Tech products. Here are some ideas young people have come up with.
Let us know if you’re interested in having us organise an Equality Tech workshop for you, or organise one yourself using our Facilitators’ Guide.
Make your own Equality Tech
All of our ideas are CC-BY licensed and we encourage you to develop them further. The more Equality Tech out there, the merrier.
Want to be more substantively engaged? Get in touch – we’re actively looking for partners to advance the concept further.
Image Credit: Iiro Rautiainen