What we do

We believe that the uncontrolled accumulation of power by technology companies poses major threats to our democracy and the planet.

It is crucial now that we assert democratic control over tech monopolies, to protect our societies and our environment.

Through a vigorous research agenda, we plan to make an impact and deliver positive changes in society’s relationship with digital technology.

Digital technology has transformed our world; the challenge is how to reclaim it for civil society.

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Our research

Now more than ever it matters to understand shared challenges posed by power, technology, and democracy.

We believe that debates about technology and regulation are often debates about how to understand, interpret, and apply the ideal of democracy and what it means — in complex, modern states, which rely on technologies that most people have neither the interest nor expertise to understand — for citizens to govern themselves and forge their collective state.

We have four key goals to tackle in this research:

  • Enhancing public understanding of digital technologies and their societal effects.
  • Exposing the global environmental consequences of digital technology
  • Proposing solutions for the harmful impact of digital technologies on workers’ rights
  • Building informed trust in digital technology and asserting the primacy of democratic values over corporate interests

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We would love to hear from you as we radically rethink the power relationships between technology, society and our planet.

Minderoo Centre for Technology and Democracy
Alison Richard Building
7 West Road

Tel: +44 1223 766886