Explore our Research Areas:
Key Measures to Combat Tech Power
An emerging AI Accountability template runs the risk of entrenching power within the tech industry, and undercuts structural solutions.
Structural reforms are key to fixing the harms caused by Big Tech.
Biometrics & Affect
Despite mounting evidence of harm and untested scientific claims, biometric systems are still quietly proliferating.
Global Digital Trade
Global trade laws are typically negotiated in secret and without public deliberation, and have become a focus for intense tech industry lobbying for preferential treatment.
The Climate Costs of Big Tech
Big Tech infrastructures are locking us into an unsustainable future.
Underexplored Policy Windows
Labor & Tech
Worker data rights are only a starting point: we’ll need bright-line rules to meaningfully build worker power.
Large-Scale AI Models
Industry narratives attempt to stave off regulation, but large-scale AI needs more scrutiny, not less.
Privacy & Competition
Regulating Big Tech’s data advantage.
US/China AI Race
The so-called “AI race” between the US and China is increasingly used to push back against regulatory intervention targeting Big Tech companies.
Data Minimization as a Tool for AI Accountability
Data minimization policies – bright line rules that prohibit excessive or harmful data collection and use – are a tool for AI accountability.
THE 2023 LANDSCAPE: CONFRONTING TECH POWER
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Put the burden on industry to demonstrate they aren’t going to cause harm. Break down silos across policy areas. Firms play this isolation to their advantage. Be nimble: identify when policy approaches get co-opted, and pivot accordingly. Embrace a broad-based theory of change.
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