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 unanticipated harm to society’s most marginalized. PlusMinus is that platform.

the project

In collaboration with students, member companies, and the broader Media Lab community, PlusMinus is radically re-casting the design process to sharpen focus on equity and inclusion in the development, scale, and impact of our technologies. Fellowships, events, working groups, and research collaborations with external academic, corporate and philanthropic organizations are the glue that holds our collective together.

how we work

PlusMinus gives financial and academic support to projects that are actively building a more equitable and inclusive technology design process, particularly rese… 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 unanticipated harm to society’s most marginalized. PlusMinus is that platform.

the project

In collaboration with students, member companies, and the broader Media Lab community, PlusMinus is radically re-casting the design process to sharpen focus on equity and inclusion in the development, scale, and impact of our technologies. Fellowships, events, working groups, and research collaborations with external academic, corporate and philanthropic organizations are the glue that holds our collective together.

how we work

PlusMinus gives financial and academic support to projects that are actively building a more equitable and inclusive technology design process, particularly research that is defining ways to mitigate disparately negative impact on disempowered populations before deployment, and/or repair harm done by technologies already deployed.

how to get involved

Email plusminus@media.mit.edu to find out about events, how to become a fellow, 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.