How to Build a Career in Responsible Tech
Plus our recent livestream on misinformation, our recent report on Improving Social Media, and more!
👍Here at All Tech Is Human, we are focused on building the Responsible Tech pipeline. We can build a better tech future by changing those involved in it; we’re making the pipeline more diverse, multidisciplinary, and aligned with the public interest.
We hear from a lot of college students, grad students, young professionals, and career-changers that are looking to build a career in the nascent Responsible Tech space and looking for guidance. We just put together a helpful page that we will be expanding as additional information and insight comes in.
📚1. Learn about the overall ecosystem
Hey, that’s why we created the Responsible Tech Guide! Released in Sept 2020, our guide is becoming the go-to resource to understanding the nascent Responsible Tech ecosystem; the jobs, the people working in Responsible Tech, education backgrounds, and the incredible organizations doing valuable work. It’s a vibrant movement! We are currently updating this guide, so let us know about additional organizations and people we should feature through this form.
🕸️2. Network with others on the same journey as you
People often feel alone in this space—but there are thousands of passionate people from a diverse range of backgrounds (and perspectives) that are heavily interested in building a better tech future. Connect with them! We recently launched a Slack group, which now has 735 people who are interested in Responsible Tech.
Our new Responsible Tech Reading & Discussion Group run by Felicia Chen & Grace Juster, which is on our Slack and has a meeting on March 15, now has 122 members! The first book being read and discussed is Algorithms of Oppression by Safiya Noble.
🔑3. Stay on top of the latest issues in Responsible Tech and who the key players are
This is why we have a monthly livestream series with TheBridge, which includes a follow-up podcast and curated resources/action-items by The Radical AI Podcast. Previous guests have included Safiya Noble, Timnit Gebru, Meredith Broussard, Dipayan Ghosh, Yael Eisenstat, Rumman Chowdhury, Sarah T. Roberts, Mutale Nkonde, Kate Klonick, Charlton McIlwain and more! Check out our previous livestreams HERE or through our playlist.
Did you catch our livestream last week with Dr. Jasmine McNealy (Associate Professor of Telecommunication at the University of Florida, Harvard Berkman Klein Center affiliate, media & law expert) and Dr. Claire Wardle (co-founder and director of First Draft, leading expert on user generated content, verification and misinformation)? You can watch below:
🤝4. Get experience by joining a collaborative group
We are hearing firsthand about the major need to gain experience in order to build a career in Responsible Tech. That is one of the reasons why we have had over 200 collaborators on our projects—in the last six months. Connect with others on our Slack group to find out about projects being assembled and join in. This is a great way to gain both experience and a deeper network.
🔭5. Explore the many organizations in Responsible Tech
Guess what? There is an incredible amount of great work being done in Responsible Tech! All Tech Is Human acts as a meta-connector that unites the people and organizations in Responsible Tech, amplifying the tremendous amount of work being done to build a better tech future. Check out a list of Responsible Tech organizations, along with an additional list found in our recent report, Improving Social Media: The People, Organizations and Ideas for a Better Tech Future.
🔎6. Search jobs in the Responsible Tech field
We recently launched a global Responsible Tech Job Board, which is run by Rebekah Tweed. This job board has over 100 jobs and is updated every Wednesday. Do you have a job to add or a suggestion? Email Rebekah / AllTechIsHuman.org
📖7. Learn about the people currently working in the Responsible Tech field
We have interviewed 120 people in Responsible Tech, which we showcase in the Responsible Tech Guide, Improving Social Media: The People, Organizations and Ideas for a Better Tech Future, and The Business Case for AI Ethics: Moving From Theory to Action. This is a great way to understand the careers available, who holds them, and their career/education journey to get there.
🔌8. Connect with hiring managers
If you are looking to build a career in Responsible Tech, get involved with the Public Interest Technology Career Fair we are collaborating with NYU on for the Fall! Learn about this hybrid (physical and virtual) large scale event HERE and fill out the interest form to take part.
In our last newsletter we announcement the release of our latest report, Improving Social Media: The People, Organizations and Ideas for a Better Tech Future. In less than two weeks this report has had over 6k views, so thank you for all of the support and amplification! This report features a diverse range of 42 interviews across civil society, government, and industry and proposes a collaborative, multi-stakeholder model.
Building on the release of the report and the work of All Tech Is Human, founder David Ryan Polgar is moderating a conversation with Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble and Dipayan Ghosh, Ph.D. for 11 universities and the general public on Tues, March 30th at 4pm ET (2pm MDT, 1pm PT, 9pm GMT) called Beyond the Social Dilemma: Creating a More Ethical Social Media Future.
👋Let’s co-create a better tech future.
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