(this is a copy of the newsletter sent by email to registered community members)
Dear Humane Tech Community,
We’re excited to share with you that our collective public pressure has made a direct difference: Google’s recent Digital Wellbeing announcement includes suggestions from the presentation Tristan gave in 2013 that began Time Well Spent:
We’re now seeing an important shift in the tech industry’s attitude. From ‘If you have a problem with our product just don’t use it,’ to ‘as tech companies, it’s our responsibility to design in a way that cares about people first.’ Whether the issues are fake news, mental health, loneliness, or addiction, this moment marks a turning of the tide.
These are just the first steps for the Humane Tech movement. It’s a 10,000-step road to fix all that is broken, but it’s also important to celebrate that Google has started the journey. Google’s embrace of digital wellbeing shows that there is strong consumer demand for features like these, and we hope employees of other tech companies will now feel empowered to advocate for more humane technology. We have reached an important point in time where these types of product changes are a novel competitive advantage in a landscape that’s largely focused on extracting the attention of users.
If you’d like to read more about this update and work we’re doing, here are a few more relevant articles:
This community has been a huge part of shifting the conversation to where it is today. Thank you so much for spreading the word, having these complicated and important conversations, and for thinking critically about the role of technology in our lives.
There’s a long road ahead, but we’re glad to share in this step forward with you.
All the best,
The CHT Team