Ex-Google and Facebook employees unite to fight tech addiction


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A number of former Google and Facebook employees who say “Our society is being hijacked by technology.” have formed a new alliance (New York Times) to fight the companies they helped build. The group plans anti-tech lobbying efforts, ad campaigns, and educating the public on the dangers of tech addiction. 

The alliance, called the Center for Humane Technology, is made up of tech experts and headed by Tristan Harris, a former design ethicist at Google. The alliance will work alongside Common Sense Media, a watchdog group, to create a lobbying force and an ad campaign targeted at 55,000 public schools across the United States.

The New York Times reported that the awareness campaign – entitled The Truth About Tech – has around $7 million in funding. Common Sense Media has received around $50 million in the form of donated media and airtime from partners including Comcast.

The center has plans to lobby for two bills: one for research on how technology impacts children’s health and another that bans the use of unidentified digital bots.

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