We have a lot to be hopeful for in 2021. Here at All Tech Is Human, where our mission is to build the Responsible Tech pipeline by informing & inspiring the next generation of responsible technologists & changemakers, we are optimistic that more and more people are looking to collectively build a better tech future. We want to accelerate this positive change by piecing together all of the amazing people, organizations, and ideas of the Responsible Tech movement. By making a cohesive movement, we can influence change. That’s what we’re doing here.
🚀Today we are launching a list of Responsible Tech Organizations, which we will be continuing to update as we work toward the next version of the “Responsible Tech Guide.” Do you know of an organization we should add? Fill our our suggestion form here. In our next newsletter, we will be launching our 100+ Voices in Responsible Tech! Onward.
Lauri Goldkind addressing our gathering in Manhattan in Feb 2020 at ThoughtWorks.
Starting now, we will also be showcasing the Responsible Tech Voice of the Week, Organization of the Week, and Job of the Week! We have been busy building the Responsible Tech pipeline since 2018, so through our ethical tech summits we held in NYC, Seattle, and San Francisco, an enthusiastic gathering we held in Manhattan last Feb about building the movement, our regular livestream series (next one is Jan 21), the Responsible Tech Guide, The Business Case for AI Ethics, our Slack group, and our latest project on Improving Social Media, we have a significant amount of people and organizations involved in building a better tech future. We are knee-deep in community.
📣 Responsible Tech Voice of the Week: Renée Cummings
Renée Cummings is the Founder & CEO of Urban AI and the Data Activist in Residence at the University of Virginia. Renée has been a ubiquitous presence throughout the last year, appearing at a wide range of events around AI ethics, data justice, and algorithmic bias. Our interview with Renée can be found in the Responsible Tech Guide, and you can watch Renée from our inaugural livestream we held in April. Connect with Renée @CummingsRenee
💡 Responsible Tech Organization of the Week: New_ Public (by Civic Signals)
New_Public, formerly known as Civic Signals, is focused around improving digital spaces. You may be familiar with co-founder Eli Pariser’s ahead-of-the-curve work around filter bubbles, along with his more recent TED talk regarding what public good obligation social media platforms have. Eli also delivered a keynote at an event All Tech Is Human co-organized in December 2019 at the World Economic Forum in Manhattan on tackling misinformation.
New_ Public is “a place for thinkers, builders, designers and technologists like you to meet, share inspiration, and make better digital public spaces.” The New_Public Festival will be happening from January 12 through the 14th to help envision the future of digital public spaces! We’ll be sure to utilize some of these findings in our Improving Social Media project. Connect with New_Public at @WeAreNew_Public
👩💻 Responsible Tech Job of the Week
Our job of the week is this Research Assistant position at the Digital Lab at Consumer Reports, where you will be conducting experiments around the California Consumer Privacy Act. What stood out about this position is that it is available for early career technologists or a mid- or late- career professional looking to get perhaps their first public interest technology experience. Read more about the work at the Digital Lab at Consumer Reports from this post from Ginny Fahs, who was a panelist at our ethical tech summit in NYC in November 2019 and was a recent fellow at the Aspen Tech Policy Hub.
Looking for other Responsible Tech positions? Check out this job board.
We hope that you can join us for our next livestream on content moderation! Happening on Thursday, January 21st at 1pm ET, this will be a highly-interactive conversation with special guest Sarah T. Roberts (Co-founder and Co-Director of the UCLA Center for Critical Inquiry & author of Behind the Screen: Content Moderation in the Shadows of Social Media ) and Murtaza Shaikh, PhD (Senior Advisor on Hate Speech, Social Media and Minorities to UN Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues). This is part of our regular livestream series with TheBridge, and the conversation will be moderated by All Tech Is Human’s David Ryan Polgar, who is also a member of TikTok’s Content Advisory Council.
This conversation will also help inform our latest project, which is Improving Social Media: The People, Organizations, and Ideas for a Better Tech Future. Would you like to be involved or do you have suggestions for people and organizations that should be featured? Fill out our form here.
It’s Responsible Tech or Bust in 2021!
-All Tech Is Human