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Event Program

Digital Well-Being Road Map


About the event

May 29, 2019
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PT
Mountain View, CA

Join Common Sense and the Stanford for a conference on technology and well-being. Designing for Our Future: Solutions for Digital Well-Being will engage experts in health, technology, education, and legislative advocacy around some of the most pressing issues of our time, from data privacy to quality content, equity, and ethical design.

What are your biggest questions when it comes to kids and tech? Join the conversation by following Common Sense on Twitter and using the hashtag #digitalwellbeing.



  • Doors open at 8:30 am
  • 9:00 a.m.
  • Welcome
  • James P. Steyer, Common Sense
  • 9:10-9:55 a.m.
  • Where Do We Start?
  • Tristan Harris, Center for Humane Technology
  • Ellen Pao, Project Include

Tech companies are innovating to keep users glued to screens, leading to significant costs to our health, our democracy, and our future. What do tech companies need to do to put humans, and humanity, first?

  • 9:55-10:40 a.m.
  • Putting the Equity in Tech
  • Maria Alvarez, Common Sense
  • Kim-Mai Cutler, Initialized Capital
  • Michelle Hyman, Silicon Valley Community Foundation
  • Shireen Santosham, City of San Jose
  • Rachael Myrow, KQED

"Equity" means one thing in the Valley, and something different when it comes to access and tech that supports diverse populations. How do we get tech companies to take an equity stake in communities?

  • 10:50–11:05 a.m.
  • The New Normal: Parents, Teens, Screens, And Sleep in the United States
  • Michael Robb, Common Sense

Just how much has tech changed family life? Learn about new research on parents, teens, screens, and sleep.

  • 11:05–11:40 a.m.
  • I Love Algorithms: A Digital Well-Being Design Challenge
  • Carissa Carter, Stanford
  • 11:40 a.m.–12:25 p.m.
  • Designing for Privacy
  • Alicia Gray, Mozilla
  • Eli Luberoff, Desmos
  • Jacob Rogers, Wikipedia
  • Marina Taylor,
  • Levi Sumagaysay, San Jose Mercury News

Privacy is a priority for consumers, and companies can innovate on privacy as part of their brand. Hear how edtech and consumer product companies are designing for privacy -- and thriving.

  • 1:05–1:35 p.m.
  • Investing in Ethical Tech
  • Tim Chang, Mayfield
  • Craig Newmark, Craig Newmark Philanthropies
  • Dan'l Lewin, Computer History Museum
  • VCs and philanthropists need to invest in ethical tech solutions that prioritize well-being and the public good. Where do they start?
  • 1:35–2:20 p.m.
  • Building Better (for Us) Platforms
  • Alex Feerst, Medium
  • Jessica González, Free Press
  • Leslie Miley, technologist
  • Danielle Abril, Fortune

Tech companies need to course-correct, for the sake of our well-being -- and for their own bottom lines. Hear from insiders and outsiders doing the work to bring ethical decision-making to big tech.

  • 2:20–2:45 p.m.
  • What Kids Are Up Against: Digital Citizenship Demo
  • Merve Lapus, Common Sense
  • Kelly Mendoza, Common Sense
  • 2:45–3:45 p.m.
  • Teens Talk Tech
  • Angelika de Castro, 826 National teen author
  • Annie Huang, 826 National teen author
  • Cameron Kasky, March for Our Lives
  • Sian Laing, 826 National teen author
  • Huy An Nguyen, 826 National teen author
  • Dave Eggers, author

What do teens have to say about tech? Hear from one of the founders of March for Our Lives, along with four teens who have contributed to a book on social media and connections.

  • 3:45–4:30 p.m.
  • NSFK: Getting to Quality Content
  • Jill Murphy, Common Sense
  • Jenny Radesky, University of Michigan
  • Alicia Blum-Ross, Google
  • Nellie Bowles, New York Times

From apps for young children to streaming video for teens, industry and child health experts discuss parent concerns and needed solutions to get us to safer, healthier digital platforms.

  • 4:30–5:30 p.m.
  • Networking Happy Hour
  • Sponsored by Mozilla

Includes light refreshments and exclusive access to museum exhibits.