PlusMinus

Technology is not neutral. We're inside of what we make, and it's inside of us. We're living in a world of connections—and it matters which ones get made and unmade. - Donna Haraway, A Cyborg Manifesto (1985)

the issue

The Media Lab is increasingly under demand—and uniquely positioned—to create a collaborative platform for researchers to thoughtfully explore the tradeoffs of the technologies we’re designing, including how to identify and prevent disproportionately negative impact to society’s most marginalized. PlusMinus is that platform.

a community of practice

PlusMinus is building a community of practice to explore how to distribute the benefits of our technologies more fairly, by design, before deployment. In collaboration with students, member companies, and the broader MIT community,  we're re-casting the technology design, development and scaling process to sharpen focus on equity and inclusion. 

how we work

Fellowships, regular events, working groups, and collaborations with  academic, corporate and philanthropic organizations are the glue that holds our collective together.&… View full description

Technology is not neutral. We're inside of what we make, and it's inside of us. We're living in a world of connections—and it matters which ones get made and unmade. - Donna Haraway, A Cyborg Manifesto (1985)

the issue

The Media Lab is increasingly under demand—and uniquely positioned—to create a collaborative platform for researchers to thoughtfully explore the tradeoffs of the technologies we’re designing, including how to identify and prevent disproportionately negative impact to society’s most marginalized. PlusMinus is that platform.

a community of practice

PlusMinus is building a community of practice to explore how to distribute the benefits of our technologies more fairly, by design, before deployment. In collaboration with students, member companies, and the broader MIT community,  we're re-casting the technology design, development and scaling process to sharpen focus on equity and inclusion. 

how we work

Fellowships, regular events, working groups, and collaborations with  academic, corporate and philanthropic organizations are the glue that holds our collective together. We provide academic and financial support to projects that center diverse voices and use inclusive approaches to designing tech. We place special emphasis on supporting research and sharing resources that identify and mitigate disparate harm to vulnerable populations before deployment, and/or as the technologies scale.

how to get involved

Email plusminus@media.mit.edu to find out about events and how to support PlusMinus work at the MIT Media Lab.

the people

PlusMinus is led by Hildreth England and Mike Bove. Advice and support are provided by Kevin Esvelt (Sculpting Evolution), Danielle Wood (Space Enabled), Ethan Zuckerman (Civic Media), Andy Lippman (Viral Communications), with support from the Media Arts and Sciences Academic Program.