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Douglas Rushkoff, Meredith Broussard, Julie Inman Grant and more! New mixers, livestreams, and ways for you to get involved
Plus: Videos from our Tech & Democracy summit, speakers announced for our London summit, and much more!
🎉 We recently welcomed Julie Inman-Grant, eSafety Commissioner of Australia, for a discussion around reducing online harms
Here at All Tech Is Human, we like to bring people together to tackle wicked tech & society issues and co-create a tech future aligned with the public interest. We have a broad range of activities that are all designed to support, grow, and strengthen the Responsible Tech ecosystem. This is a multistakeholder, multidisciplinary, and global effort weaving in individuals across civil society, government, industry, and academia.
On March 9th, we welcomed Julie Inman-Grant, eSafety Commissioner of Australia who is largely responsible for popularizing the Safety by Design concept, to our office in Manhattan for a intimate discussion around reducing harms online and improving our tech future. We had individuals from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), National Democratic Institute (NDI), Integrity Institute, Hopelab, UK Safer Internet Centre, Soliya, TikTok, Naver Z, Common Sense Media, Grindr, Hinge, Rockstar Games, Garbo, and the Consulate General of Canada in New York.
🤔 Curious how we are building the Responsible Tech ecosystem? Join All Tech Is Human’s David Ryan Polgar for a livestream this Thurs, March 16th at 12pm ET.
🥳 We are thrilled to announce that renowned media theorist Douglas Rushkoff will speak at our Responsible Tech Mixer in NYC on April 26th!
Our Responsible Tech Mixers have become so popular that we will now be doing monthly gatherings in NYC at Betaworks! On Wed, April 26th we will be welcoming bestselling author and renowned media theorist Douglas Rushkoff, who will be delivering a talk: “I Will Not be Autotuned: Crashing Technosolutionism.” Would you like to join us? Sign up now, as this gathering will fill up very quickly!
🌃 Tonight in NYC we will be having our Responsible Tech Mixer + Book Launch for Meredith Broussard, with the first 50 attendees receiving a copy of the hot-off-the-presses More Than a Glitch! This gathering is being done in partnership with our friends at Project Liberty. Meredith Broussard will be in conversation with David Ryan Polgar, founder & director of All Tech Is Human. We’ll have a video for our next newsletter!
🎊We are getting ready for our first summit in London. Today we announce our Tech Policy panel!
In our last newsletter we announced the Content Moderation panel for our upcoming summit in London, and today we are thrilled to announce the panelists for our Tech Policy discussion. We are honored to welcome Julie Dawson, Renée Cummings, and John-Orr Hanna for our gathering April 18 at The Shard for 250 individuals across civil society, government, industry, and academia. In the next newsletter, we will be announcing some of the individuals who will be delivering short org presentations for the summit. This gathering is being done with the support of Crisp, a Kroll business.
Read about the bios of our speakers here. There will be a nice mix of people coming together, with individuals joining from the Ada Lovelace Institute, Alan Turing Institute, Atlantic Council, Center for AI and Digital Policy, DCMS, Deloitte, Demos, EY, GIFCT, Meta, Milltown Partners, OfCom, Oversight Board, Oxford Internet Institute, Royal Society, Salesforce, Social Finance, Tech Against Terrorism, Tony Blair Institute, Twitch, UK Safer Internet Centre, Yoti, and many more.
👋Did you read our new Tech & Democracy report?!
We’re proud of latest report, Tech & Democracy: People, Organizations, and Ideas for a Better Tech Future and we hope that you have had the chance to read it. Our Tech & Democracy report features 40 profile interviews and resources from over 100 organizations actively working to build a better tech future—one that upholds our civil liberties and creates ideal conditions for a vibrant democracy.
👍 Do you want to get more involved in the Responsible Tech movement?! Join our livestream on March 24th to find out how!
Since launching in 2018, our non-profit has been the springboard for the growing Responsible Tech movement. We play a unique role as the connective tissue between the people, organizations, and ideas of the Responsible Tech ecosystem and have numerous activities designed to help you build community, learn about the field and ways to get involved, and find educational and employment opportunities.
While you may see a lot of events in our newsletters, these gatherings are merely one aspect of our organization. In addition, our gatherings are designed around being a catalyst for connection and engagement, as opposed to seeing a sage on the stage. That approach, in our opinion, is outdated. People desire to be part of the process, not merely a fan. All of our activities, including our gatherings, are centered around collective understanding and action that aim to tie together multiple ideas and perspectives.
Come join our livestream on March 24th to learn about the many ways you can get involved, including upcoming working groups, our Slack community of 5k members across 61 countries, summits & mixers, adding to our new Knowledge Hub, joining our Responsible Tech talent pool, and more. Find all of our projects and links here.
Pictures from our Tech & Democracy: A Better Tech Future Summit held on March 1, 2023 at the Consulate General of Canada in New York. Photos by Delaney Turner.
🗽We had an incredible time at our recent Tech & Democracy: A Better Tech Future Summit held at the Consulate General of Canada in New York.
You can’t talk about the future of democracy without talking about the future of technology, and that is exactly what we did on March 1st for our recent summit at the Consulate General of Canada in New York. This is our second gathering done in partnership with the Consulate General of Canada in New York, following on the heels of last year’s summit focused on Improving Digital Spaces (you can see videos for last year’s summit here).
🙏 Thank you to everyone who traveled far and wide to come together for such a meaningful gathering. Videos from the introductions, panels, and fireside chats can be found below.
🙋♀️ MozFest is happening next week. Check out the Funder Track that we helped plan with Mozilla Foundation!
Our non-profit partnered with Mozilla Foundation this year to help plan the funder track for MozFest which is happening March 20 through 24, helping to organize 15 panels with topics such as:
Just Transitions: Imagining the Future of Health Digital Spaces
Building the Youth-Led Movement for Responsible Tech (which features Thanasi Dilos from Civics Unplugged; All Tech Is Human and Civics Unplugged recently hosted a roundtable around building a Youth-Led Movement for Responsible Tech)
Putting the Public Interest Before Technology
The panels feature individuals from key funders in the Responsible Tech movement, including Ford Foundation, Susan Crown Exchange, and Omidyar Network. And you will also see Karina Alexanyan of All Tech Is Human serving as moderator for two of the panels.
🤾♀️We’re jumping in the Digital Playground again with our friends at New_ Public. Join us!
REGISTER NOW to join us on Thursday, March 30 from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM EDT for the next session of Digital Playground, a monthly series in partnership between New_ Public and All Tech Is Human - Designing Tools for Creating Safer Digital Spaces within Popular Platforms with Block Party’s Zoelle Egner!
Get a sneak peek at the company’s forthcoming new product as Head of Marketing and Growth for Block Party Zoelle Egner guides us through opportunities for consumer tools for online safety & anti-harassment. You will have an opportunity to give feedback and a chance to hear about how the company is adapting to a changing environment with the future of social media in the balance amongst court cases, new legislation, changing ownership, and more.
The session will begin with a 30-minute look at creating healthier digital environments inside potentially harmful existing social platforms, especially for those who are required to be “extremely online” – whether as journalists, advocates, politicians, or other public figures. And the session will close with a 30-minute deep-dive for participants to explore healthy digital public spaces through the lens of tools that address online harassment and privacy concerns. You’ll also hear from All Tech Is Human about our brand new report on Tech & Democracy, and the role of social platforms and how they affect democracy.
😎 Cool happenings in Responsible Tech
There are a lot of uncool things happening in tech, but this is evened out by the vast array of dedicated individuals and organizations working tirelessly to build a better tech future. Do you have something to add? Ping Sandra Khalil from our team.
We are noticing some wonderful new podcasts in Responsible Tech! Reid Blackman, author of Ethical Machines and previous speaker for All Tech Is Human, now has a podcast you can listen to. Reid was also a guest on our podcast series recorded at Unfinished Live.
☟Read below about some of the ways you can get involved in the Responsible Tech ecosystem, through submissions from the community.
"Since our last social was so popular and fun, let's do another one! I conducted a poll in the All Tech Is Human Slack community, and it looks like Monday, March 27 at 6:30-9:30 PM at Grendel's Den in Harvard Square works best for folks, so let's plan for that! I hope you all can make it, and I'm looking forward to seeing folks again soon!"-Theodora Skeadas
“Hello Humans! My name is Max Stossel, I’m the founder of Social Awakening and the former head of education for the Center for Humane Technology. I have spent the past decade speaking with 100,000+ students parents and educators about the impact of social media on lives and relationships. And in this space, I’m probably most famous for this video. It is on that note that I’m hosting a free screening of my most recent film at Betaworks on March 23rd and I hope you’ll come! Afterward we’ll do a Q&A, and hang out and talk about the humane tech space. It’s more fun to watch together, but if you’re unable to attend you can watch here.”-Max Stossel
“Students from the Public Interest Technology University Network (PIT-UN) are preparing to join you all in building a more humane technological future. Awesome! But what jobs and careers can they pursue in the tech world as it exists? If you’re curious about helping along the next generation of responsible technologists, join this webinar this Thursday, March 16 from 2-3 ET. We’ll hear from university Career Services Staff, PIT faculty, and practitioners how you can help students connect with employers, and explore careers in tech & social impact. If you’d like to connect with schools in our network about intern / fellow recruitment, campus visits or anything else related to bridging academia & research with the responsible tech world, don’t hesitate to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.” -Kip Dooley
“Did you depend on Twitter? This Thursday, March 16, join the kickoff event for A People's History of Twitter, an assembly of workers, users, journalists, and more who are looking back on how we depended on Twitter, and planning for the future of news and content creation in the public interest. The team behind this effort is Better Platform, a group of ~30 (ex-)Twitter workers, users, and allies who came together around a belief that platforms we depend on should serve the public interest. We started in 2016 with a campaign to #BuyTwitter and turn it into a public utility. Our aim is to prepare the foundation for a larger civic assembly about the future of news, knowledge, and content creation in the public interest, beyond Twitter. Together with you, we’ll reflect on what we lost and draw lessons for a better future. RSVP at https://lu.ma/apht – and retweet this tweet!” -Danny Spitzberg
“On Thursday, March 23 at 6:00 PM ET, the Arthur team is hosting its inaugural “Ground Truth” event featuring Dr. Rachel Cummings, an Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering & Operations Research at Columbia University. Dr. Cummings is known for her principled and practical work in data privacy, crossing machine learning and public policy. Hosting the fireside chat from the Arthur side will be Dr. John Dickerson, Arthur’s co-founder and Chief Scientist. With emerging technologies in the generative AI space creating new data privacy considerations, it’s sure to be an informative, interesting, and relevant discussion. The event will take place at Arthur’s HQ in NYC, but will also be livestreamed for those who won’t be in town. Learn more and register here! Contact Haley Massa at email@example.com for any questions.”-Haley Massa
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