Rethink, Retool, Reboot: Technology as if people and planet mattered

book_Rethink Retool Reboot

Simon Trace
Practical Action Publishing, 2016

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Rethink, Retool, Reboot presents the evidence and analysis that informs Practical Action’s organisational mission to create a world with Technology Justice: where technology and innovation is used to end poverty and provide a sustainable future for everyone on our planet.

A fifth of the world’s population lacks access to technologies fundamental to a basic standard of living – technologies needed to provide food, water, shelter, health and education.

Technology is a double edged sword. And unfettered use of technology by those who have it brings its own problems – including pollution, global warming and threats to the very possibility of a sustainable future for humanity.

We urgently need to change how we govern the development and use of technology, using Technology Justice to:

rethink how we provide access to and govern the use technology today.
retool – to change our innovation systems to deliver technology that is socially useful and addresses the key challenges of poverty and environmental sustainability.
Above all, our relationship with technology needs a reboot. We need Technology Justice to provide a radically different approach to our oversight and governance of the development and use of technology.


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