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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Cover for CDT's report, entitled "Sharing Student Data Across Public Sectors: Importance of Community Engagement to Support Responsible and Equitable Use." Report title & CDT logo in black and light blue text on a white background. Graphic depicts a diverse set of agency practitioners and community members (in purple, green, and yellow) standing around a table, discussing together the implications of different student data proposals.

Report – Sharing Student Data Across Public Sectors: Importance of Community Engagement to Support Responsible and Equitable Use

CDT research brief, entitled "Unmet Demand for Community Engagement on School Data and Technology Use." White document on a dark grey background.

Research Brief: Unmet Demand for Community Engagement on School Data and Technology Use

CDT President & CEO Alexandra Givens testified before the the UK All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on AI, discussing self-employment, the gig economy, and workers' rights. White document on a dark grey background.

CDT CEO Alexandra Givens’ Testimony on Precarious Work and the Digital Economy Before the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on AI

Ransomware is Still Plaguing Schools: What Can They Do About It?

This document contains comments from CDT's Ridhi Shetty to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) listening session on biometric technologies. White document on a dark grey background.

Comments from CDT’s Ridhi Shetty to OSTP Listening Session on Biometric Technologies

CDT joined a sign-on letter with the AJL, ACLU, Color of Change, & others organizations in urging the Secretary of Commerce to fill artificial intelligence advisory committees with experienced civil rights and civil liberties advocates. White document on a dark grey background.

CDT Joins AJL, ACLU, Color of Change & Others in Urging Secretary of Commerce to Fill AI Advisory Committees with Experienced Civil Rights Advocates

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