Open and co-operative technology development
Our technology is not ours. Casual use of the pronoun betrays the fact that their technology serves their values and their purposes first and foremost. We are merely farmed for our data. We are the apps that provide the centralizing behemoths their interface to the world.
OurTech is developed openly, co-operatively. It's mine in so much that it's self-sovereign, and it's ours in so much that self-sovereign tech is only valuable when it enables social connection and human flourishing.
The Digital Life Collective researches, develops, funds and supports Tech We Trust: technologies that prioritize our autonomy, privacy and dignity.
Such development is never going to be easy, as Nadia Eghbal's acclaimed report identified. But that doesn't put us off. As the wonderful Margaret Mead noted:
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
We're already working on distributed collaboration tech, on liquid democracy, and on the very definition of what might constitute Tech We Trust. We're also mapping our ecosystem to identify how best we, and anyone else for that matter, might better contribute. The more that join us, the faster we can progress OurTech.