The Center for Humane Technology is a movement designed to help people resist technology addiction and encourage humane design

A group of prominent former tech insiders is working to combat the industry's worst inclinations by creating the Center for Humane Technology, a movement to help people resist technology addiction. Group members argue that today's technology dependency is having an extremely negative effect on society.

“Our world-class team of deeply concerned former tech insiders and CEOs intimately understands the culture, business incentives, design techniques and organizational structures driving how technology hijacks our minds,” reads the center's website. The founders include Tristan Harris, former Design Ethicist at Google, Aza Raskin, ex-Head of User Experience at Mozilla, and Randima Fernando, who used to be Executive Director at a non-profit called Mindful Schools.

The Center for Humane Technology acknowledges the excellent aspects and products that the digital age has brought forth, but recognizes there's a need for neutral products and services—ones that aren't in a constant competition for our attention. The Center argues that the competition is an incentive for providers to create increasingly more addictive services, which in turn are having a negative impact on our mental health, children, social relationships and even democracy. “Humane Design starts by understanding our most vulnerable human instincts so we can design compassionately to protect them from being abused,” reads the website.

And who is responsible for designing humanely? The big players, like Apple and Samsung, the government and employees at tech companies. Overall, the center's mission is to reach every stakeholder and consumer (which basically means the whole world), to change their perception and start affecting change from within.

The Center for Humane Technology


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A group of prominent former tech insiders is working to combat the industry's worst inclinations by creating the Center for Humane Technology, a movement to help people resist technology addiction. Group members argue that today's technology dependency is having an extremely negative effect on society.

“Our world-class team of deeply concerned former tech insiders and CEOs intimately understands the culture, business incentives, design techniques and organizational structures driving how technology hijacks our minds,” reads the center's website. The founders include Tristan Harris, former Design Ethicist at Google, Aza Raskin, ex-Head of User Experience at Mozilla, and Randima Fernando, who used to be Executive Director at a non-profit called Mindful Schools.