Over the past 2 years, we have been research partners in this exciting investigation of technology for social justice. The full report is now live and public at https://morethancode.cc
#MoreThanCode is a participatory action research report based on interviews, focus groups, and data analysis with 188 tech practitioners from across the U.S.A. The report explores the current ecosystem and demographics; practitioner experiences; visions and values; documents stories of success and failure; and provides key recommendations for the future of the field. We hope our findings and recommendations will be useful to all those who want to use technology to make a more just and equitable world.
Key recommendations include:
1. Nothing About Us Without Us: Adopt Co-Design Methods and Concrete Community Accountability Mechanisms;
2. From Silver Bullets to Useful Tools: Change the Narrative, Lead with Values, and Recognize Multiple Frames and Terms Across the Ecosystem;
3. #RealDiversityNumbers: Adopt proven strategies for diversity and inclusion;
4. Developers, Developers, Developers? Recognize Different Roles and Expertise in Tech Work, and Support Alternative Pathways to Participation;
5. Coops, Collectives, and Networks, Oh My! Support Alternative Models Beyond Startups, Government Offices, and Incorporated Nonprofits.
The project is co-led by Research Action Design (RAD.cat) and the Open Technology Institute at New America (newamerica.org/oti), together with research partners Upturn, Media Mobilizing Project, Coworker.org, Hack the Hood, May First/People Link, Palante Technology Cooperative, Vulpine Blue, and The Engine Room.
To access the Executive Summary, Full Report, and additional research outputs, please visit https://morethancode.cc.