Humanity-Friendly Technology

March 8, 2024

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HazAdapt, Inc. introduces "Humanity-Friendly," a pioneering ethical standard for technologies intentionally designed to serve in realms of Public Good, Common Pool Resources, or public and government engagement. 

Humanity-Friendly is more than a moral compass: it's a strategic framework guiding technology creators to responsibly serve communities while taking action to prevent harm.

Humanity-Friendly follows three ethical tech tenets:

  1. Humane Technology: Build technology that is sensitive to human nature, avoids biases, and minimizes harm. Humane technology utilizes design and algorithms that prioritize user well-being and do not extort attention for profit. Humanity-Friendly includes not extorting or abusing tech creators with unsafe work environments as part of the Humane Technology commitment.

  2. Inclusive Design & Equitable Resources: Ensure technology is accessible and equitable, catering to diverse abilities and needs. Humanity-friendly tech ensures users with disabilities can access the technology and offers resources that reflect the diversity of humanity’s needs in a disaster.

  3. Community-Centered Approach and Benefit: Create technology that strengthens community resilience and supports collective efforts. Humanity-friendly tech supports bringing people together and protects against polarization and hate glorification. 

Embedded in these tenets is a commitment to antiracism, actively working to dismantle systemic racism in technology and Public Good outcomes. 

This paper introduces an open guidebook for technology creators, outlining the Humanity-Friendly technology principles, and demonstrating their real-world application in HazAdapt's technology and business practices. Humanity-Friendly was started by a public health and community resilience professional turned tech solution builder and carried out by a tech startup with limited means. With this blueprint, we hope to inspire other technologists: if we can do it, so can you. 

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