We help practitioners design technology that centers and protects vulnerable populations. We provide capacity-building, research, and community for designers, researchers, and developers. Our expertise covers privacy, security, transparency, design ethics, and more.
Contact us if you’re interested in working together.
Responsible technology isn't just about code. In order to have an impact, tools need clear, usable design grounded in people's needs.
We empower practitioners by facilitating workshops, assisting with sprints, offering individualized coaching, and providing direct design support. Our custom sessions cover topics such as user needs assessments, interaction design, content strategy, information architecture, and usability, and we tailor them to the individual challenges of each project. Our work is highly collaborative, building design capacity as we go; our values-driven approach helps you center the needs of the populations you serve.
Our human-centered design approach emphasizes high-impact user research, rapid prototyping, and an open, collaborative philosophy.
No matter your level of design experience, we can help you build the skills you and your team need.
Analyzing the UX, not the code, and delivering actionable recommendations to developers.
We specialize in human-centered, qualitative research that sheds light on the interplay between people and technology, especially among vulnerable populations dealing with threats to their privacy, safety, or security. We also assist others with their research, providing support with planning, methodology, tools, interviews, insights, and next steps.
From physical security to seeing mobile phone carriers as a threat, we share examples of surveillance in practice.
San Franciscans talk about why they use shopping and retail apps without concern for data collection.
Our research collaboration with Luminate provides insight into the nonprofit funding experience.
As part of a global community of activists, designers, and technologists, we cultivate a professional network where practitioners can support each other and exchange knowledge. Our Underexposed events, our conference talks and workshops, and our online Slack community connect people and opportunities across professional and geographic boundaries. All our community events are guided by our Code of Conduct.
Get and share advice on design, privacy, security, and responsible tech in our 400-member Slack.
Our gatherings in Berlin bring together experts to share knowledge and move projects forward.
We facilitate events online and around the world – we'd love to see you there.
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