Project Brief

A participatory action research project reimagining the landscape of technology for justice and equity.

After two years of research, the Technology for Social Justice Project (T4SJ) released in August 2018 a new report, #MoreThanCode: Practitioners Reimagine the landscape of technology for justice and equity. #MoreThanCode is a participatory action research report based on interviews, focus groups, and data analysis with 188 tech practitioners from across the U.S.A. The report explores the current ecosystem and demographics; practitioner experiences; visions and values; documents stories of success and failure; and provides key recommendations for the future of the field. We hope our findings and recommendations will be useful to all those who want to use technology to make a more just and equitable world.

Key recommendations include:

  1. Nothing About Us Without Us: Adopt Co-Design Methods and Concrete Community Accountability Mechanisms;
  2. From Silver Bullets to Useful Tools: Change the Narrative, Lead with Values, and Recognize Multiple Frames and Terms Across the Ecosystem;
  3. #RealDiversityNumbers: Adopt proven strategies for diversity and inclusion;
  4. Developers, Developers, Developers? Recognize Different Roles and Expertise in Tech Work, and Support Alternative Pathways to Participation;
  5. Coops, Collectives, and Networks, Oh My! Support Alternative Models Beyond Startups, Government Offices, and Incorporated Nonprofits.

The project is co-led by Research Action Design ( and the Open Technology Institute at New America (, together with research partners Upturn, Media Mobilizing Project,, Hack the Hood, May First/People Link, Palante Technology Cooperative, Vulpine Blue, and The Engine Room.

#MoreThanCode: Practitioners Reimagine the landscape of technology for justice and equity. Get it now at:!