Technology Impact Cycle Tool

Depending on the technology your assessing, some categories are more important than others. Here you can indicatie how important you think this category is for this technology.
If this category is not applicable for this technology, please select 'Yes'.
Who will have access to this technology and who won’t? Will people or communities who don’t have access to this technology suffer a setback compared to those who do? What does that setback look like? What new differences will there be between the “haves” and “have-nots” of this technology?

(Only the gray shaded text is printed on the Quick Scan canvas)

Do a brainstorm. Can you find a built in bias in this technology? Maybe because of the way the data was collected, either by personal bias, historical bias, political bias or a lack of diversity in the people responsible for the design of the technology? How do you know this is not the case? Be critical. Be aware of your own biases.

(This question is part of the Quick Scan)

If this technology makes automatic decisions through algorithms or through machine learning can they be verified or explained? Can a decision be explained? If not, how do you now the decision of this technology is not biased and/or inclusive? Are there alternate procedures in place?
How much is the disruptive impact on current social structures and economic stability? What existing social relations will be disturbed and what economic activities will be reduced? Are new social relations and economical opportunities replacing the old ones or is only a small group benefitting from the new technology?
The design of technology is often a reflection of the people that are designing the technology. A diverse team provides the opportunity to see the technology in diverse ways. How diverse is this team? Do you see a team that is a representation of the target group? Is this team able to build an inclusive technology?

(Only the gray shaded text is printed on the Improvement Scan canvas)

If you think about accessibility to this technology. If you think about built in biases or automatic decisions that may be biased. If you think about who is benefitting from this technology and the diversity of the team that creates the technology. If you think about all that, what improvements would you (want to) make to this technology. The idea of the technology impact tool is that it stimulates you to think hard about the impact of your technological solution in this case on the topic of inclusivity (question 1-5). The answers can lead to improvements in design or implementation, which is a good thing. Please list them here.

(This question is part of the Improvement Scan)

Are you satisfied with the quality of your answers? The depth? The level of insight? Did you have enough knowledge to give good answers? Give an honest assessment of the quality of your answers.


How to mitigate the risks of automatic decision systems
Implicit Association Test


Paradise for Nerds (on the risks of not having a diverse designteam)