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.

Recent Content

A brief by CDT's Civic Tech team, entitled "The Chilling Effect of Student Monitoring: Disproportionate Impacts and Mental Health Risks." White document on a dark grey background.

The Chilling Effect of Student Monitoring: Disproportionate Impacts and Mental Health Risks

A brief by CDT's Civic Tech team, entitled "Preserving Student Privacy and Well-Being When Conducting Mental Health Surveys." White document on a dark grey background.

Preserving Student Privacy and Well-Being When Conducting Mental Health Surveys

CDT submitted comments to CMS, urging them to adopt necessary limits on data sharing for automated benefits determinations. White document on a dark grey background.

CDT Comments Urging CMS to Develop Robust Guidance on Data Sharing

CDT research brief, entitled "Teachers & Parents of Students with Disabilities Leading Community Engagement Practices." Black text & CDT logo, with light blue graphic elements floating in various places.

Brief: Teachers and Parents of Students with Disabilities Leading Community Engagement Practices

Graphic for CDT's podcast, entitled "CDT's Tech Talks." Hosted by Jamal Magby, and available on iTunes, Google Play, Soundcloud, Spotify, Stitcher, and TuneIn. Dark grey text and app logos, as well as light blue text, on a white background.

Tech Talk: K-12 Cybersecurity — Talking Tech w/ Doug Casey & Cody Venzke

The CDT logo. A white "cdt" alongside "Center for Democracy & Technology" on a light blue background.

EVV Threatens Disabled People’s Privacy and Dignity — Whether We Need Care, or Work as Professional Caregivers

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