Silicon Valley is breaking the future.
Pivot for Humanity has the solution: professionalization.
But we need your help.
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Social Technology Is A Miracle.
But the way our tech giants — Facebook, Amazon, Google, Apple, YouTube, Twitter and others — have wielded their awesome responsibility is not.
Making money off of misinformation campaigns and bigotry. Overseeing historically damaging data and privacy leaks in an age of surveillance capitalism. Denying and even encouraging negative mental health impacts on their users — which is to say, all of us.
If what’s broken in the tech industry isn’t fixed, the original dream of the internet — a playing field-leveling, democracy-promoting, free and open space for human enrichment — risks being lost forever.
For more examples of how bad things have gotten in Silicon Valley, click here.
We’re Focused on the Root Cause
We’re focused on the root cause: as the social tech giants’ began to wield unprecedented power and influence, they never adopted universal ethics, norms or values. But we have the solution to that: professionalization.
In social tech, there are simply no guiding principles, no ethical standards, no industry-wide values. For many years, “move fast and break things” was the norm. Now, while the industry is plagued with issues, the focus seems to be: scale and make as much money as possible. It’s time to do what doctors and engineers did over the course of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The industry needs its’ own ‘first, do no harm.”
Want to learn more about professionalization? Click here.
It’s Time To Grow Up.
What does it mean for Silicon Valley to grow up? What does it mean for social tech to become a profession? What does it mean to swap out the image of the hoodie-clad young man launching a start-up in a garage for something different?
It means unifying the industry under a shared vision, with the major players signed onto a shared set of public principles. Principles like reorienting the social tech industry away from end users as products; moving fast and fixing things before they get out of hand; and anticipating the worst-case scenarios for societal costs before releasing new tech.
And it means accountability, both internally (through certification) and externally (through democratic oversight and consumer pressure), to ensure those principles translate into action.
Want to learn more about how professionalization happened in medicine? Click here.
We Have A Strategy.
We have a strategy to make professionalization happen.
It starts with bringing together tech dissidents from inside the industry, and connecting them with academics, activists and consumers working to change Silicon Valley from the outside. It then involves building public support for basic industry reforms — and laying a challenge for the largest social tech companies to make it clear whether they’ll aid reform, or resist it.
We’re currently building our membership, with a focus on bringing insiders who are sympathetic to the outsiders; and spreading our message throughout the industry.
A problem this big involves everyone. And whether you’re the CEO of Apple or just someone who wants to text in peace, we could use your help.
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