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Equal Future is a resource on social justice and technology — a web site and newsletter published by Upturn with support from the Ford Foundation.

In an era of rapid technological change, hard-won victories of the social justice community are at risk. The key practical protections for our civil rights — from court cases that interpret the Bill of Rights, to landmark 20th century civil rights laws, to accepted notions of government and corporate behavior — were designed against a factual background different from the one we face today.

Social justice depends on how governments and corporations make the key decisions that reshape peoples’ lives. In housing, lending, health, employment, criminal justice and a host of other areas, those decisions are now being made with new tools and methods, that did not exist when core civil rights protections were first established. Securing civil rights for the future will require making sure that these new systems, no less than the older ones they replace, reflect our shared values.

Equal Future aims to lay the foundation for this new conversation, mapping the changing landscape within which the struggle for social justice and civil rights continues.

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