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Subject: Our Recent Appearance on ‘60 Minutes’
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First: What our recent appearance on 60 Minutes
means for the humane tech movement.

Then: Our podcast episode
on the implications of a Musk-owned Twitter. Plus, we’re hiring


CHT Co-Founder Tristan Harris and author and social psychologist
Jonathan Haidt recently appeared on CBS’s 60 Minutes to discuss how
social media’s engagement-based business model rewards polarization
and undermines basic democratic functioning

The episode (
aired on the cusp of a U.S. election season where public trust in
government has reached historical lows
 while election disinformation, political violence, and partisanship
have been at an all-time high
. Across the political spectrum, people are asking why it feels like
our democracy is breaking.

The 60 Minutes episode pulls back the curtain to answer this question.
It reveals how decades of perverse incentives and design choices by
social media platforms have encouraged outrage, polarization, and
reflexive suspicion at the expense of democracy. It also discussed
solutions (more on this below), including highlighting our Foundations
of Humane Technology
course as an action people can take.

** The Movement Goes Mainstream

60 Minutes has played a key role in the movement for humane
technology. The first time Tristan Harris was on 60 Minutes with
Anderson Cooper in 2017
, he popularized the idea of “persuasive technology,” the “attention
economy,” and “the race to the bottom of the brain stem” between
social media companies. That interview catalyzed a new global
conversation, the founding of CHT, and laid the groundwork for The
Social Dilemma documentary.

Five years later, 60 Minutes is now connecting social media’s business
model to polarization and democratic decline for nearly 11 million
live viewers. Just as it did in 2017, we hope this 60 Minutes segment
establishes new mainstream recognition of how social media affects

In a special follow-up podcast, we reflect on the 60 Minutes episode,
including why it matters even if you're not on social media.

** How We’re Strengthening the Movement

We’ve been hard at work to build momentum for solutions:

We helped launch the Council for Responsible Social Media
, which brings together bipartisan technology, government, and
national security experts to develop smart, practical policy
solutions. The group includes Dick Gephardt (former U.S. Rep), Kerry
Healey (former Lt. Gov.), Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen, Dr.
Danielle Allen, and Fairplay for Kids CEO Josh Golin, among 30+

We coordinated with the Nantucket Project
to activate global leaders around the “Social Media Emergency” in a
4-day convening. From US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy to actor and
advocate Joseph Gordin Levitt, leaders in finance, business,
legislation, national security, public health, and media came together
in a multi-stakeholder convening.

We worked behind the scenes to pass the California Age Appropriate
Design Code (
. The groundbreaking bill requires that social media platforms change
the design of their products to prioritize kids’ best interest over
profits – a change that we’ve been asking for since our inception.

How You Can Strengthen the Movement

Conversations on platforms like 60 Minutes signal the growing
movement. But all of us drive the movement, too. We’ve included some
key actions that everyone can support below:
* Join one of our upcoming events
or register for our course
to learn how to design and develop technology that strengthens
* Support banning political advertising
on social media platforms to limit disinformation, violence,
extremism, and paid election interference.
* Advocate for open primaries
so that candidates on either side are not out-competing each other
with more extreme positions.
* Institute ranked-choice voting
to eliminate two-party duopolies by allowing third parties to run
without wasted or strategic votes.
* Endorse technology that strengthens democracies rather than weakens
them. Learn more about what Taiwan
, Estonia, and others are doing to use technology for the common good.

We’d deeply appreciate it if you could forward this email to your
network to grow the movement. If you are interested in learning more
about how social media threatens democratic functioning, please visit
our new landing page for more information.

Elon, Twitter, and the Gladiator Arena
In this spotlight episode
, we explore what a Musk-owned Twitter could mean for our global
digital democracy.

This is our most recent episode on Twitter, which discusses what it
would take for Elon Musk to make Twitter more humane.

* The Strengthening Democracy Challenge was a crowd-sourced project by
researchers aiming to find solutions to the current-day political
divide. Civic Health Project highlights some of the most successful
approaches that encourage Americans to choose democracy over party
+ Make the threat of democratic collapse in America tangible by
sharing real-world examples, such as what's happening in Venezuela.
+ Correcting perception gaps by sharing data that shows we’re much
more aligned than we think.
+ Reduce partisan animosity by sharing positive interactions between
people with ideological differences.
The Challenge grant program
is offering awards of up to $50,000 to teams that will implement,
scale, and measure these real-world interventions. Grant applications
are due Fri, Jan 13, 2023.

* CHT Co-Founder Randima (Randy) Fernando joined the Mind and Life
Podcast (
to discuss technology from a mindfulness perspective: challenges we
face, common myths, how technology can be more humane, and much more.


Join our small but mighty team as we work to ensure technology
strengthens our well-being, global democratic functioning, and shared
information environment.

We currently have three open roles:
* Director of Development
* Executive Producer, Your Undivided Attention
* Chief of Staff
 (newly revised)

Thank you for reading and for being part of the humane technology
community. Send us an email to hello at
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- The CHT Team

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