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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Emerging Safety Technologies in Schools: Addressing Privacy and Equity Concerns to Ensure a Safe In-Person School

CDT Original Research Examines Privacy Implications of School-Issued Devices and Student Activity Monitoring Software

CDT's latest research insights and recommendations, this time examining student activity monitoring software. White background with black text and blue artifacts.

Student Activity Monitoring Software: Research Insights and Recommendations

CDT's report, entitled "Online and Observed: Student Privacy Implications of School-Issued Devices and Student Activity Monitoring Software." White background with black text and blue artifacts. Three laptops, lined from left to right, have a variety of pop-ups and open windows on their screens, as well as purple-colored alerts to demonstrate the monitoring and flagging of student activity.

Report – Online and Observed: Student Privacy Implications of School-Issued Devices and Student Activity Monitoring Software

CDT letter, along with a coalition of education and civil rights advocates, urging Congress to protect student privacy. White document on a grey background.

CDT and Coalition of Education and Civil Rights Advocates Urge Congress to Protect Student Privacy

Protecting Student Privacy and Ensuring Equitable Algorithmic Systems in Education

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