Tristan Harris

Center for Humane Technology

Tristan Harris has been called “the closest thing Silicon Valley has to a conscience” by the Atlantic magazine. He is co-founder and CEO of the non-profit Center for Humane Technology which aims to re-align technology with humanity. Previously, Tristan was a Design Ethicist at Google where he sounded the alarm about the threat posed by attention-seeking platforms and their impact on society – from rising loneliness to enabling the manipulation of elections.

Rolling Stone named Tristan one of 25 People Shaping the World in 2017, and he was named in Fortune Magazine’s 40 under 40 in 2018. His work has been featured on TED, 60 Minutes, Wall Street Journal, RealTime with Bill Maher, NYTimes, PBS NewsHour, Recode, The Atlantic, WIRED, Der Spiegel, The Economist, and many more. Tristan has briefed Heads of State, CEOs of technology companies, and international policymakers about how the attention economy shapes society. Based in San Francisco, he is also a Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School in Government, a Senior Fellow at Common Sense Media and an advisor to the Open Markets Institute.