Digital Trust for Places & Routines (DTPR) is an open-source communication standard to increase the transparency, legibility and accountability of digital technology in the built environment.

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The Problem

Digital technology is increasingly present in the places and spaces in which we live. How might people learn about and give feedback on its use?

How can we be confident the technology is achieving its goal? Whether seeking safety, sustainability, or accessibility, many are left asking: what are the benefits, the risks, and the trade-offs we're making?

Digital technology is all around us, but often invisible. There's little transparency about what data these technologies are collecting, by whom, and for what purposes. We've also seen that much technology in the built environment lacks controls for people.

We've drafted a standard that enables transparency, legibility, accountability, and control for people.

Our Proposal

The DTPR Taxonomy, Design Patterns and Prototypes

The core of the DTPR communication standard is a taxonomy of concepts around digital tech and data practices, and a set of icons to quickly and clearly communicate those concepts. These components can then expressed in a number of ways - from physical signage to digital channels for communication – which together, help visualize and convey how a digital system works.

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Our Mission

Enable human agency in the world's shared spaces.

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DTPR is stewarded by Helpful Places

Helpful Places is a mission-driven company that helps organizations, and the communities they serve, harness the power of technology in ways that are transparent, inclusive, participatory, and in alignment with the community's goals. Supporting DTPR implementations is one of a variety of ways that we accomplish this.

DTPR has received financial and in-kind support from a number of partners. We are always looking for new collaborators — from pilot opportunities and implementers, to funders and service providers - to help us test, improve, and advance adoption of the open source standard. Have an idea on how to support the iteration and adoption of DTPR? Get in touch with the Helpful Places team at