Topos Institute

Our goal is a world where the systems that surround us benefit us all

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Our vision

We work to ensure that the infrastructure of the future belongs to the public

Topos means place.

Our place is the meeting point of academia, industry, and society. We convene a community of scientists, technologists, social impact experts, and policymakers to collectively advance sciences of connection and integration for the benefit of all.

More detail can be found in our Strategic Plan.

Our method

We achieve our mission through three interdependent pillars of activity

Fundamental science

Change begins at the source. We are a world-class mathematical and computer science research lab, whose work underpins today’s technology and presents a vision for tomorrow’s.

Technological innovation

Our lives have been transformed by global networks of trade, travel, and communication. Driven by new technologies, these networks enrich our lives, but also lead to new threats, including surveillance, polarization, and pandemics.

Ethics and society

We believe technology is best co-created with society, so that diverse voices can shape its goals and impacts. In order to produce technology that benefits all, we need to ensure that all can be present in the conversations.

A full list of artefacts (papers, software, etc.) from our activity can be found on our Work page.

Topos Institute is a registered non-profit in the state of California (EIN 84-3431367). For details, see our Form 1023, IRS Determination Letter, CA FTB Exemption Letter, or contact us.

You also can view copies of our IRS Form 990s by financial year: