What we will do.
We are United Citizens
United Citizens will be the first ever democratically run global institution, by people for people. Our first focus will be holding tech to account.
Listen & learn.
In 2018, The Fourth Group and partners ran a Global Inquiry into Citizens in the Digital Age to find out what people around the world believe (1) are our rights and responsibilities in the digital age, (2) is the biggest problem caused by tech, and (2) what we can do about it. The findings are outlined in the report “Our Tech Revolution”. This provides a base for our work.
The inquiry uncovered a gap: There is no global democratically-run membership organisation established to advocate on behalf of the public. This is where United Citizens comes in – we will advocate for the interests of citizens to shape tech for all, leaving nobody behind. To make this happen, we are crowdfunding to be financed independently.
Action & impact.
In 2019 and beyond, United Citizens will recruit members, elect its leadership, vote for campaigns, then campaign for change. We will employ a variety of online and offline tactics – such as community organising, petitioning, and lobbying – depending on the campaign goals and strategy. The underlying goal is to build civic power to shape tech for good.
"Technology is transforming the world - it's time we come together as global citizens and take back control. The Fourth Group is an example of the sort of stuff that needs to happen: Having an open dialogue about what we want from tech, finding common ground, and working together to make it happen. Join me by engaging."
"The world needs a global conversation to figure out how people can shape the fourth industrial revolution so that it benefits everyone. That is why I'm excited to support The Fourth Group and encourage every citizen to get engaged. Change is inevitable, but progress is optional. Speak up!"