Tristan Harris

Tristan Harris is co-founder of the Center for Humane Technology, a not-for-profit that advocates for regulators and technology companies to avoid social media features and profit incentives that it sees as contributing to internet addiction, political extremism, and misinformation.

Having studied computer science at Stanford University while interning at Apple Inc, and also later working for Google, Harris has direct experience with working with some of the world’s largest technology companies and their products. A turning point in 2013, Harris sent around a presentation to a handful of co-workers which was titled “A Call to Minimize Distraction & Respect Users’ Attention.” In that presentation, Harris suggested that Google, Apple and Facebook should feel an enormous responsibility to make sure humanity doesn’t spend its days buried in a smartphone. Harris left Google in December 2015.