Justice & Opportunity Technology

We build technology and data tools that expand opportunities for communities, support effective policy creation and decision-making, and assist advocates working within social movements.

Camille Edwards, Max Wood, and Nina Wornhoff, Justice & Opportunity Tech, closing out their team meeting at CZI.
September 18, 2018 | Camille Edwards, Max Wood, and Nina Wornhoff, Justice & Opportunity Tech, closing out their team meeting at CZI. Photograph by An Rong Xu
ina Wornhoff, Justice & Opportunity Tech, at CZI.
September 18, 2018 | Nina Wornhoff, Justice & Opportunity Tech, at CZI. Photograph by An Rong Xu

Building technology to help social movements create sustainable progress

To do this effectively, we partner closely with communities, advocates, and organizations already doing critical social movement work. Ultimately, we know that many of the barriers to social change are deeply rooted in systemic injustice and complexity. We are clear-eyed yet optimistic about the possibilities for technology and data within these movements. We develop rigorous methodologies to understand the real impact of our technology.

Tech for Communities

By working collaboratively with communities, we plan to build technology that will facilitate more participation in the conversations and policies that will impact those communities directly. When communities have transparent access to data and metrics, those insights can be used to hold decision-makers accountable for reforms. In addition to building tools in-house, we will also partner with organizations like Measures for Justice, which is creating an online portal to provide visibility into county-by-county performance metrics about the criminal justice system.

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Tech for Advocates

Advocacy groups on the front lines of social movements often have little to no access to the sophisticated technology tools available to private sector organizations. We are building easy-to-use tools to help advocacy organizations streamline their operations. With a reduced operational burden, these organizations can focus on the most critical aspects of building the movement for reform -serving communities, galvanizing public will to change laws and policies, and holding system practitioners accountable.

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Tech for Practitioners

We believe policy creators and leaders within complex social systems can benefit from technology to help them make more equitable and just decisions. Technology and data can help decision-makers understand and measure the impact of their policy changes, see clearly where there are imbalanced or biased systems, and take concrete steps to address those issues. These same tools can help establish the evidence necessary for reforms and positive changes to spread across the system. For instance, within Criminal Justice Reform, we are exploring the role that technology can play in facilitating prosecutorial reform.

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