Technological progress should promote equity and justice as it enhances safety, economic opportunity and convenience for everyone. But far too often, the people subject to historical and ongoing discrimination bear the brunt of the harms amplified by new technologies.

I am working with The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights to develop Civil Rights Design Labs, workshops where tech companies, civil rights experts and tech users connect to consider the uses and consequences of technology, and the processes behind the scenes where risks and solutions are often found.

These cross-sector labs are helping to spur more equitable and participatory approaches to product development in areas including hiring, lending, and justice reform.