Pixelated face, as part of CDT's Equity in Civic Technology Project. Original image by Joanna Nix-Walkup on Unsplash.

Equity in Civic Technology

Public agencies and civic institutions increasingly rely on data and technology to carry out their responsibilities, from designing educational programs and providing healthcare options for uninsured families, to allocating unemployment benefits and addressing food and housing instability. As governments expand their use of technology and data, it is critical that they do so in ways that affirm individual privacy, respect civil rights, foster inclusive participatory systems, promote transparent and accountable oversight, and advance just social structures within the broader community.

CDT furthers these goals by providing balanced advocacy that promotes the responsible use of data and technology while protecting the privacy and civil rights of individuals. We engage with these issues from both technical and policy-minded perspectives, creating solutions-oriented policy resources and actionable technical guidance.

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CDT issue brief, entitled "Dispelling Myths About Artificial Intelligence for Government Service Delivery." White document on a grey background.

Dispelling Myths About Artificial Intelligence for Government Service Delivery

CDT report, entitled "Risks from Personalized Learning Technologies." Illustration of a series of interfaces from personalized learning technologies, showing students' faces and different charts and data points.

Report – Risks from Personalized Learning Technologies

Photo of CDT's Civic Tech team members – left to right, Elizabeth Laird in sunglasses, Aaron Spitler in glasses, Hannah Quay-de la Vallee, and Cody Venzke in sunglasses.

Season’s Greetings from Civic Tech!

Graphic for CDT's research brief, entitled "Hidden Harms: Student Activity Monitoring After Roe v. Wade." Black text on a white background.

Brief – Hidden Harms: Student Activity Monitoring After Roe v. Wade

CDT report, entitled "Out of Sight, Out of Mind? Report – Out of Sight, Out of Mind? School Districts' EdTech Efforts Have Outpaced Transparency and Student Privacy." Illustration of a school building, covered in gradients of halftone patterns. The left side is dark, while the right is light, demonstrating the illuminating impact that transparency makes on student privacy.

Report – Out of Sight, Out of Mind? School Districts’ EdTech Efforts Have Outpaced Transparency and Student Privacy

Graphic for CDT's research brief, entitled "Hidden Harms: Disproportionate Disciplinary Action." Black text on a white background.

Brief – Hidden Harms: Disproportionate Disciplinary Action

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