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Help shape the future of the development and ethical use of voice assistance

Our Work, Vision & Mission

The industry surrounding voice technology is at an inflection point. Innovation by voice tech experience strategists, designers, and developers has demonstrated tremendous potential to serve society at large, inclusive of many levels of literacy or physical and cognitive abilities. It has also raised questions about the need for interoperability, ethical use, and standards to ensure voice tech is a trustworthy interface developed for the benefit of the many, as opposed to the few. Supporting the Open Voice Network’s work to recommend standards for interoperability and effective, ethical use of voice AI is vital to growing the industry in a way that can offer society the full benefits of using speech to engage with the digital world. Responsible innovation is also good for business.

The Open Voice Network  seeks to make voice technology worthy of user trust—a task of critical importance as voice emerges as a primary, multi-device portal to the digital and IOT worlds, and as independent, specialist voice assistants take their place next to general purpose platforms.

The Open Voice Network will achieve its vision through the communal development and adoption of industry standards and usage guidelines, industry education and advocacy initiatives, and the development and documentation of voice-centric value propositions.

What you can do

Opportunities to get involved within the Open Voice Network are open to individuals willing to give of their time, network, industry knowledge, and resources through collaboration, advocacy, and development of standards.

Individuals are encouraged to share their concerns about voice assistance with us. Our primary focus is on your safety, privacy, and security.

Alternative Contact Methods

If you’d like to skip the form and reach out directly you may do so by email, phone, or standard postal mail. 

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    +1 (503) 449-4628

  • The Open Voice Network at The Linux Foundation Office

    548 Market Street, PMB 57274, San Francisco, CA 94104

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Brands Committed To Building Ethical Standards

Sponsorship is open worldwide to enterprises and public entities, as well as those that advise or represent such enterprises and entities. Members will help shape the future of AI voice in consumer-facing industries in areas of technology, value propositions, provider ecosystems, competition, and commercial and personal information privacy. Contact us for a discussion.

Open Voice Network Communities

Open Voice Network Communities are open to everyone in the conversational AI community – developers, designers, strategists, linguists, researchers, marketers, and students. There’s no charge or membership fee to participate. All that’s required is a willingness to give of your time, a willingness to share your best thinking in a collaborative, open environment, and a commitment to a conversational AI future that is multi-platform, multi-assistant, multi-modal, multi-use, multi-device, user-centric, and standards-based.

Developer Community

For conversational AI developers. Primary responsibilities: developing technology-neutral guidance for voice designers and strategists worldwide and advising the Open Voice Network Technical Committee on the issues, opportunities, and requirements for proposed conversational AI technical standards.

Designer & Strategist Community

For conversational AI designers, linguists and strategists. Primary responsibility: advising the Open Voice Network Technical and Outreach Committees on enterprise use cases – the value propositions (and related requirements and dependencies) of conversational AI.

Education Steering Community

For educators researching the use of conversational AI for educational purposes. Primary responsibility: advising the entirety of the Open Voice Network as to the why, the what, the how, and the legal requirements and ethical use of conversational AI for educational purposes.

Ethical Use Task Force

For all conversational AI practitioners, researchers, and enthusiasts committed to a better future. Primary responsibility: advising the entirety of the Open Voice Network on issues of privacy, consent, inclusivity, and many more; developing and proposing voice-central ethical use frameworks and guidelines.

Commerce Industries Community

For those using and researching the use of conversational AI in the retail and consumer products industries. Primary responsibility: advising the entirety of the Open Voice Network on the value propositions, use cases, and dependencies, and as to the why, the what, the how, and the legal requirements and ethical use of conversational AI in retail and consumer products.

European Community

For European voice practitioners and industry associations. Primary responsibility: to ensure that the entirety of the Open Voice Network hears clearly the voice of European conversational AI, and specifically on topics of regulation, requirements, inclusivity, value propositions, and ethical use.

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