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Equity and Inclusion is built on trust.

TRUSTED

software.
hardware.
platforms.
services.
data.
devices.
inclusion.
AI.
innovation.
commerce.
privacy.
security.
Equity and Inclusion is built on trust.
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We need the ability to trust that our future is more equitable and inclusive.  

Technological innovation holds the potential to bring more broadly shared opportunity, economic growth, and personal freedom.  While technology can be a powerful opportunity equalizer, for too long barriers have meant that some of the people who can benefit most are too often the people who have been left behind.  To make progress, we need to start by rebuilding trust among historically disadvantaged communities, make sure technologies are more inclusive by design, and ensure that new products and services are designed for, and by, a more diverse group of people.  

Everybody — regardless of income, geography, gender, disability, or background — needs the same opportunity to be connected to and participate in today’s digital economy.   But too often, distrust has been driven by a growing inequity and unfairness in the system — or further amplified people who use technology to prey on vulnerable communities. To build trust, we need to more directly target fraud, malware, and malicious behavior targeted at the economically disadvantaged and people of color.   To make our digital world more inclusive, we also need to tackle barriers and advance strategies that expand access to the skills needed to obtain the good paying jobs that the technology sector often creates, ensure technologies are designed and developed by a more diverse workforce, and improve access to capital to empower the entrepreneurs who have been left out and left behind.    

These more inclusive steps can have profound benefits for companies and the economy too.  Research shows that more diverse teams are more innovative and generate more revenue.  Another study found that innovation would quadruple if women, people of color, and children from low-income families were able to invent at the same rate as other groups who are not held back by discrimination and other barriers. That’s why a more trusted future is a more equitable and inclusive future.        

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ISSUE BRIEF: How the Bipartisan Innovation Bill Can Help Drive a More Trusted Future

Innovation is the key to economic growth, improved standards of living, opportunities for all Americans and even America’s strength on the world stage. At time when Washington is almost defined by hyper-partisanship, one of the few areas where there is real, meaningful bipartisan agreement is on the pending Bipartisan Innovation Act.

The U.S. Trust Landscape

Our survey research shows the various dimensions of today’s trust gap, explores the way it is impeding important digital progress, highlights the key factors which must be overcome, and explores the vast opportunities that can be achieved when we do. These survey results, when combined with other insights and research, highlight the need for pragmatic policy choices and provide a potential pathway for advancing trusted frameworks that can facilitate comprehensive action toward a more trusted digital future.

WHITE PAPER: ADVANCING A MORE TRUSTED DIGITAL FUTURE

We stand on the precipice of a new era of technological progress and innovation with the potential to enable us to do things never before possible, vastly improve the quality of life for billions around the globe, and help solve some of our world’s most intractable problems. But it is becoming increasingly clear that we risk missing or delaying these transformational opportunities if people lack the foundational trust in the technologies needed to deliver them.