Article references to The Center for Humane Technology

SAN FRANCISCO — A group of Silicon Valley technologists who were early employees at Facebook and Google, alarmed over the ill effects of social networks and smartphones, are banding together to challenge the companies they helped build.

The cohort is creating a union of concerned experts called the Center for Humane Technology. Along with the nonprofit media watchdog group Common Sense Media, it also plans an anti-tech addiction lobbying effort and an ad campaign at 55,000 public schools in the United States.

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“Some tech workers are already making noise about unionizing, and service workers at several tech companies have already joined unions. But even if traditional labor unions don’t take hold in Silicon Valley, there are still plenty of avenues for influence. The Tech Workers Coalition, a group of hundreds of concerned industry employees, has chapters in San Francisco, Seattle and San Jose, and a group called Tech Action began meeting in New York this year. THE CENTER FOR HUMANE TECHNOLOGY, a group of ex-tech workers, has been pushing for ethical product development.”


Another “alt-Facebook” could be a nonprofit that uses that status to signal its dedication to better practices, much as nonprofit hospitals and universities do. Wikipedia is a nonprofit, and it manages nearly as much traffic as Facebook, on a much smaller budget. An “alt-Facebook” could be started by Wikimedia, or by former Facebook employees, many of whom have congregated at the Center for Humane Technology, a nonprofit for those looking to change Silicon Valley’s culture.

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