Who we are

OPTIC is a research and action network that prioritises human values in the development of new technologies. While such development sometimes raises a range of concerns, and justifiably so, our belief is that technologies can also help build a society that is more respectful of each individual, provided we consider the ethical aspects and assess their real-world impact. While most technologies are not intrinsically forces for good or for evil, they cannot be considered entirely neutral either, in that they are the products of intentions and a vision of human values that are open to question. From this perspective, OPTIC seeks to encourage a renewed social discussion of the role that technologies should play.

The OPTIC network was founded in 2012 under the aegis of the Dominican Order, and today has several thousand members and operates in San Francisco, Paris, Montreal, Geneva, Rome, Oxford, Boston, and will soon be setting up in Toronto.

It is a network of researchers, thinkers and entrepreneurs that is headed by Eric Salobir. After graduating from the ISC Paris Business School and working in management at the head office of the Crédit Lyonnais bank, he joined the Dominican Order in 2000 and became a priest. Since then, his focus has been on the media and digital technology. He has also been a consultant to the Holy See for the last eight years.

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Rome

Order of Preachers

Address
Piazza Pietro D'Illiria 1
00153 Roma
Paris

Couvent de l'Annonciation

Address
222 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré
75008 Paris
France
Geneva

Dominican Network for Justice and Peace

(Order of Preachers)

Address
1, rue de Varembé C.P.96
CH-1211 GENEVE 20
Toronto

University of Toronto

Address
27 King's College Circle
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A1 Canada
Berkley

Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology

Address
2301 VINE ST
BERKELEY, CA 94708
Menlo Park

Corpus Christi Monastery

Address
215 Oak Grove Avenue
MENLO PARK, CA 94025
  • Rome

    Order of Preachers

    Address
    Piazza Pietro D'Illiria 1
    00153 Roma
  • Paris

    Couvent de l'Annonciation

    Address
    222 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré
    75008 Paris
    France
  • Geneva

    Dominican Network for Justice and Peace

    (Order of Preachers)

    Address
    1, rue de Varembé C.P.96
    CH-1211 GENEVE 20
  • Toronto

    University of Toronto

    Address
    27 King's College Circle
    Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A1 Canada
  • Berkley

    Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology

    Address
    2301 VINE ST
    BERKELEY, CA 94708
  • Menlo Park

    Corpus Christi Monastery

    Address
    215 Oak Grove Avenue
    MENLO PARK, CA 94025