How to Defend Independent Technology Research from Corporate and Political Opposition

January 21, 2024

Tech Policy Press

In October 2022, a group of researchers including J. Nathan MatiasSusan BeneschRebekah TrombleAlex AbdoJ. Bob AlottaDavid KarpfDavid LazerNathalie MaréchalNabiha Syed, and Ethan Zuckerman published a manifesto establishing a coalition for independent technology research.

“Society needs trustworthy, independent research to relieve the harms of digital technologies and advance the common good,” they wrote. “Research can help us understand ourselves more clearly, identify problems, hold power accountable, imagine the world we want, and test ideas for change. In a democracy, this knowledge comes from academics, journalists, civil society, and community scientists, among others. Because independent research on digital technologies is a powerful force for the common good, it also faces powerful opposition.”

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