“I have always been painfully aware of the way that the profit motives of big corporations lead them to trample on the rights and needs of the people,” says Terry. This awareness — and the need to do something about it — led him to become involved in the early days of the Nestlé boycott.
It has also been an underlying theme in his long and storied career. For decades, Terry has grappled with big questions related to technology, humanity, and society. He is Professor of Computer Science Emeritus at Stanford University, where he created and directed for 20 years the Human-Computer Interaction Group and the teaching and research program in Human-Computer Interaction Design. He is also a founding faculty member of the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford and of the Liberation Technology Project at the Center for Development, Democracy, and the Rule of Law. He has been a consultant to Google, a search engine company founded by Stanford students he advised. And he is the author of “Understanding Computers and Cognition: A New Foundation for Design” (Addison-Wesley, 1987) with Fernando Flores, and the editor of “Bringing Design to Software” (Addison-Wesley, 1996).
Terry’s moral compass also led him to be a founding member of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility, of which he was national president from 1987-1990. Today, he is Vice Chair of the national board of Bend The Arc, a Jewish Social Justice Organization. And 2018 he received the American Jewish World Service Global Justice Award.
When he isn’t serving on boards or advising tech companies, he can be found hanging out his grandsons. “My wife calls me a ‘baby magnet,’” he says. “And I immediately gravitate to any young ones around.”