Education + Research

Why education + research?

Since 2017, TechEquity has been working to answer a simple but ambitious question: what would it take for the growth of the tech industry to benefit everyone?  

We believe tech can foster prosperity, not exacerbate inequity. We investigate emerging areas at the intersection of tech and economic equity, illuminating systems that cause people harm so we can shift them to benefit people instead. We specifically explore where tech intersects with the most consequential areas of the economy for everyday people: where they live (housing) and the conditions under which they work (labor).  

Using research informed by real-life experiences, we raise public awareness about how the tech industry deepens economic inequity for workers and renters and recommend solutions so that tech creates opportunity. These stories help us make a case to policymakers, the industry, and the public that intervention is needed to address these inequities and make tech a force for good. Read more about the stories behind our work.

We raise awareness, often in collaboration with partner organizations, through public education, including online and in-person events. We also actively reach out to the media to ensure the voices of impacted communities are included in their coverage of the tech industry.

In short: we’re changing the public conversation to pave the way for equitable tech policy.

Research in action

Education in action: AI + Equity Education Series 

The buzz around generative AI and its impact on our economy has caused policymakers, advocates, and technologists to adapt their thinking about what’s possible. Establishing guardrails is critical so this technology can enable human flourishing, rather than undermine it.  

To better understand the impact of this technology, and the potential harms it can create, TechEquity launched the AI + Equity Education Series in the spring of 2024. The series brings together experts, advocates, and policymakers to better understand how AI will impact all aspects of daily life, including housing, hiring, and voting. Learn more about the AI + Education Event Series.