The question is no longer how technology can be used for social good but why so few of these projects have gone mainstream in the way commercial technology has. New technologies have changed how we shop, travel and socialise, but the same can’t be said for social challenges. Even some of the best ideas have struggled to scale beyond their original locations and early adopters.
It’s a hard problem. But I’ve always viewed Silicon Valley tech as primitive. Facebook is an ad platform. Twitter is an ad platform. Instagram, Snapchat, Google are ad platforms. And these things are weaponized so easily. But once Europe figures this out, mark my words, it will be a competitive advantage. Silicon Valley tech will soon thereafter be playing “catch-up” and never getting there because they can’t see past the money.