Ethical Tech Reading List

Resources and readings on ethical tech, AI and labour.

Read & watch:

Organizations, tools and initiatives:

  • Algorithmic Equity Toolkit - a collection of four components designed to identify surveillance and decision-making technologies used by governments; make sense of how those technologies work; and pose questions about their impacts, effectiveness, and oversight.
  • Authority Collective - The Authority Collective is a group of more than 200 womxn, non-binary and gender expansive people of color working in the photography, film and VR/AR industries. Our mission is to empower marginalized artists with resources and community, and to take action against systemic and individual abuses in the world of lens-based editorial, documentary and commercial visual work.
  • Consentful Tech - The Consentful Tech Project raises awareness, develops strategies, and shares skills to help people build and use technology consentfully.
  • Data & Society: Labor Futures - The Labor Futures team at Data & Society uses ethnographic research to better understand emergent disruptions in the labor force as a result of data-centric technological development, with a special focus on structural inequalities.
  • Digital Justice Lab - Building a more just and equitable future through capacity building, public engagement and continuous collaboration to support communities in making informed decisions around digital issues.
  • Ethical Explorer, toolkit for critiquing ethical risks and decision making in your work or product, by Omidyar Network
  • Feminist AI - Doing community-based educational work around the unquestioned uses of artificial intelligence, and reimagining alternative technologies
  • IntersectTO - a Toronto-based community group for people who identify as Black, Indigenous, and people of colour (BIPOC), who are interested in technology.
  • Platform Abuse - A new resource that helps educate people involved in building online communities about potentially harmful features.
  • The People's Guide to AI - This guide breaks down and contextualizes artificial intelligence technologies within structural racism — and provides hands-on exercises to help us imagine beyond, and dream up alternate and ideal futures with AI.
  • Algorithmic Justice League
  • Center on Privacy and Technology, Georgetown Law
  • Big Brother Watch UK

Folks to follow on Twitter:

Other reading lists:

  • Labor & tech reading list - This reading list was compiled by Alexandra Mateescu and Eve Zelickson, researchers on the Labor Futures initiative at Data & Society.
  • Unpacking “Ethical AI” - A curated reading list - On September 25, 2019, Data & Society Executive Director Janet Haven delivered the talk “Embrace Complexity: The New Rules of AI” at the Strata Business Summit. This reading list, prepared with Data & Society Researcher Emanuel Moss, provides links to research addressed in her talk and additional readings for anyone wishing to explore ethical AI more deeply.