Every new technology has the potential for unintended consequences that impact our communities and institutions. Whilst technology has improved people’s lives in a myriad of ways, it is also responsible for negative impacts on individuals, communities, society and the environment. Companies ought consider their role by determining the greater implications of their technology and gain confidence from consumers that they’ve done so.
Responsible 100 has developed a number of introductory questions to help you explore this important issue and your organisation's exposure to it. Please respond with as much relevant information as you can. These questions are available via this Google Form.
Responsible 100 has developed a number of questions specifically for employees. They are designed to enable people working in the organisation to share their thoughts, observations and opinions on this important issue. Please respond with as much relevant information as you can. These questions are available via this Google Form.
Responsible 100 creates and develops detailed benchmarks on each of the issues we explore. Each benchmark identifies and defines different levels of performance as either POOR, OKAY, GOOD or EXCELLENT. A general statement describes those four performance levels in summary. Under each statement, examples of the sorts of policies and practices businesses are observed pursuing are listed, usually broken down into categories, e.g. Policies & Procedures; Target Setting, Measurement & Reporting; or Leadership, Advocacy & Culture. Some such lists include 50 or more examples. The above reveals the current summary statements only. The complete benchmarks are shared with those organisations which, through offering answers to the above questions - and any other relevant details about what they do, how and why - help to shape and improve the benchmarks on an ongoing basis.
Algorithms - A process or set of rules to be followed in calculations or other problem-solving operations, especially by a computer. The most popular example is Facebook, in which the platform generates the user’s newsfeed.
After releasing documents that made up the Facebook Files, Frances Haugen claims that she never intended to bring ‘hate’ towards the company but rather to bring light to Facebook’s irresponsible practices. You can read about The Wall Street Journal's Facebook Files and Haugen's reports in this article.
In 2018, as the world put a heightened focus on the ethical use of emerging technology, Salesforce partnered with the World Economic Forum to start the Responsible Use of Technology Project, which brings together stakeholders from industry, non-profit organisations, governments, and academia to solve today’s most pressing ethical and responsible innovation challenges — and act as a powerful force for good.
Following the COVID-19 pandemic the Tech for Good movement has gained momentum through their six wellbeing factors that responsible technology can help improve life across the UK which includes education, job security and environmental sustainability.
Responsible Technology Institute - University of Oxford
Use this link to stay up to date with recent news regarding responsible technology. The University of Oxford and the Responsible Technology Institute also publish the Journal of Responsible Technology which can be accessed here.
New Trust data from the Tech cut of the Edelman Trust Barometer reveals that trust in technology has reached an all-time low in 17 of the 22 countries it tracks. Some estimate that the COVID-19 pandemic has condensed 10 years of digital transformation into a single year. While technology has helped people and businesses manage through these historic times, the acceleration of AI and machine learning create social challenges for businesses to navigate. You can also listen to this podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or Google Podcasts.