Former Facebook and Google workers launch campaign to fight tech addiction

Former Facebook and Google workers launch campaign to fight tech addiction

Reformed techies have united to launch a campaign to put pressure on technology companies to make their products less addictive and manipulative.

“Truth About Tech” is the brainchild of the Center for Humane Technology, a group of former Facebook and Google employees dedicated to “reversing the digital attention crisis and realigning technology with humanity’s best interests” and is funded by Common Sense, a not-for-profit that promotes safe technology and media for children.

The campaign will include educational material aimed at families highlighting the potential harm caused by digital platforms and outlining techniques for mitigating the addictive properties of tech, for example turning off notifications and changing the screen to greyscale. There will also be a lobbying push around the issue calling for policymakers to regulate tech companies using manipulative practices and the two organisations will develop standards of ethical design to help the industry discourage digital addiction.

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/feb/05/tech-addiction-former-facebook-google-employees-campaign