Respectful Technology

$6,300 goal

Campaign created 18 days ago
Everyone is dependent on technology today. But how many of us know what and who is behind our technology?

Should I buy this device for my home? Can I trust it? Should I give this gadget to my child or grandchild? These are important questions and  it is *very* hard to get honest answers. The information to help make good decisions is drowned out by advertising, algorithms, and public relations firms.

I want to help change that. I'm an engineer and have been a technology professional my entire career. But more than that I'm an advocate for technology that respects those who rely on it. Humans first. Machines second. No predation allowed.

I have spent the past year researching and developing a framework (a comprehensive collection of things to check) to help ensure that our technology choices are beneficial and not harmful before we agree to accept them into our lives.

The funds that are collected through this campaign will be used to build informational resources. I expect this will include: a website, brochures, and a crowd-built ranking system for technology products.

I'm doing this on my own time, in my spare time. But, in order to make this a reality sooner, I realized that I need to dedicate myself to the task full-time for at least two months. I also need to build out some support tools on the website which will require detailed programming and configuration. For this, I need a small amount of "seed" money to step back from my consulting practice. I've thought about seeking sponsorship through other avenues, but none of them can offer the promise of non-interference. I need a source of seed funding that will not make demands like "Make sure our products are given good treatment."

Your support will be of immediate benefit to the project and will help jump-start a life-long dream of mine: to give people everywhere the means (and tools) to protect themselves from unruly, unethical, or even dangerous technology.

I and the people worldwide who will ultimately benefit from this thank you in advance for your support.
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$6,300 goal

Campaign created 18 days ago
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