Mentorship, upcoming livestream, Responsible Tech Guide and more!
Plus we welcome Sandra Khalil to our team as a new Program Associate, video from our Australian Embassy event, NYC events
⛓️We are getting ready to launch our new mentorship cohort! Join our upcoming livestream about finding mentorship.
Join us on Wed, September 28th from 1 to 1:45pm ET to our Responsible Tech: Finding Mentorship Opportunities. We’ll be discussing both hurdles and successes from the community about finding mentorship in the nascent Responsible Tech ecosystem, along with hearing directly from three of our mentors from our most recent cohort! In addition, you’ll hear from Rebekah Tweed (our Program Director in charge of the mentorship program) about learnings from our recent mentorship program that had 180 participants (135 mentees, 45 mentors). Plus, Cate Gwin (Program Associate) will be sharing learnings from the office hours program she runs for All Tech Is Human.
📅Applications for our next mentorship cohort will open on September 19th. If you would like to be notified as soon as this happens, and/or would like to express interest about being a mentor for the program, you can sign-up for our mentorship waiting list and also ping Rebekah directly on our community Slack.
👋A big welcome to Sandra Khalil, who is joining All Tech Is Human!
If you have been reading our newsletter, you may be noticing that All Tech Is Human is growing rapidly. While “building a highly-participatory multi-stakeholder global intelligence hub that understands communities values, diversifies the traditional tech pipeline, and co-creates a tech future aligned with the public interest” may not always roll off the tongue or fit into a clean media narrative, it turns out more people are recognizing the unique value of our non-profit to develop a future that is more capable of tackling thorny tech & society issues.
👍So we are thrilled to welcome Sandra Khalil to the team, who will be helping to improve the Responsible Tech ecosystem through stakeholder and knowledge management streams. She is earning a Master of Science in Global Security, Conflict, and Cybercrime from New York University, with a focus on cybersecurity through a social science lens. Sandra previously worked on international exchanges for the Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Prior to joining All Tech Is Human, she worked in municipal and nonprofit roles advocating for historically underrepresented communities. Her interests are at the nexus of people and technology, with the end user being the most important stakeholder and driver of innovation. Sandra will be based out of our Manhattan location!
🙏Thank you to everyone who attended our Youth, Tech, & Wellbeing gathering at the Australian Embassy in Washington!
Good things happen when you bust silos. Our collaboration with the Australian Embassy in Washington brought together a broad range of individuals who care deeply about building a better tech future for youth. Uniting these individuals allows us to better understand the ecosystem, resources that should be shared, values, and trade-offs with this complex issue.
😺We were thrilled to welcome individuals from the Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation, Berkman Klein Center, British Embassy, Center for Countering Digital Hate, Center for Democracy & Technology, Embassy of France to the US, Family Online Safety Institute, Future of Privacy Forum, GIFCT, Google, Headstream, Hopelab, Integrity Institute, Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, Meta, Mozilla Foundation, Oversight Board, Polarization & Extremism Research & Innovation Lab at American University, Spectrum Labs, Tech Coalition, TechCongress, Thorn, TikTok, the United Nations and more.
🔭Check out our panel discussion with Chanel Cornett (Counsel on the Trust & Safety team at Zoom), Medha Tare (Senior Researcher at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop), and Arielle Geismar (youth mental health advocate). Moderated by David Ryan Polgar, founder & director of All Tech Is Human.
👍Thank you to everyone who attended our recent livestream on Exploring Career Opportunities!
One of our key functions here at All Tech Is Human is to diversify the traditional “tech pipeline” with more backgrounds, disciplines, and lived experiences. Given that the future of technology is intertwined with the future of democracy and the human condition, it behooves us to develop a collective response to handle this! That’s where we come in.
👉Through our Responsible Tech Job Board, mentorship program, global Slack community, summits, mixers, livestreams, working groups, reports, and more we are connected to multiple nodes that allow us to understand the emerging Responsible Tech field from the perspective of individuals building their careers, employers determining skillsets needed, and universities educating the next generation.
For this livestream, we heard directly from the community about both struggles and effective methods to expanding in the field, along with guests from the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation, Center for Humane Technology, Ad Hoc, and the National Democratic Institute about some of their available roles and what they are looking for, which are all listed on our Responsible Tech Job Board. In addition, check out some just-announced openings from our friends at the Integrity Institute who are hiring for a Community Organizer, Partnerships & Operations Manager, and Research Project Coordinator.
There is a lot happening in the ecosystem, but discoverability is often an issue which is why our organization focuses on making a more cohesive movement that benefits every organization AND makes it easier for new voices to find pathways in.
🤯Our Tech & Democracy mixer in NYC tomorrow has reached capacity.
Tomorrow we will be having a Tech & Democracy mixer in NYC alongside the Institute for Security and Technology and TheBridge. Last week, the interest form hit 120 RSVPs so we had to close the form for space restrictions. Yeah, we’re gonna need a bigger boat 🦈
Not to worry, we have a ton of in-persons gatherings coming up including a casual Responsible Tech Roundtable on Thurs, Sept 1st, our big release party for the Responsible Tech Guide on Sept 13th, our mixer with the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Street on Sept 14th, and our three-day activation at Unfinished Live from September 22-24. You can always find all of our projects and events at our Linktree here, which just got a fancy makeover.
🎈 We just surpassed 3.4k members on our community Slack group + added some new channels!
There is a lot happening on our community Slack group, which is open and free for the community and created to serve as a connective tissue for the global community. As such, we just added a channel for our European community (and will be expanded with specific countries and cities later on), along with brand new channels for Trust & Safety conversations and also for individuals in the Los Angeles area. Other specific location channels include NYC, London, Washington, and Boston.
🥳We have a big release party on Sept 13th in NYC and you’re invited.
Our organization is knee-deep preparing an expanded and improved edition of the Responsible Tech Guide that is arriving on Sept 13th. Our guide is quickly becoming the go-to source for understanding the landscape, careers, organizations, and resources regarding the Responsible Tech ecosystem. You won’t be disappointed with what is coming out shortly, so to celebrate we are inviting the community to a free gathering of food, drink, and a conversation with two of the authors (and noted Stanford professors) from System Error: Where Big Tech Went Wrong and How We Can Reboot, which is also a book on our Responsible Tech Summer Reading List!
🏗️Let’s build a better tech future for children.
To build on the momentum from our recent Youth, Tech, and Wellbeing event at the Australian Embassy in Washington, we are collaborating with the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop to hold a panel + mixer on Wed, Sept 14th from 4-6pm in NYC! There is a heavy amount of interest to participate in this gathering, so please let us know through the interest form your interest/involvement in this area.
The panel for this gathering will be announced in our next newsletter!
📚🎙️Our “All Tech Is Human Library” is coming to Unfinished Live! Three days of podcast-style interviews to learn about career journeys!
All Tech Is Human is a part of the Unfinished Network, and will be having a three-day activation at this year’s Unfinished Live in NYC from Sept 22-24. Be on the lookout for some exciting announcement about this activation, including the guests that you will see appear on stage such as AI ethicist Reid Blackman, futurist Leah Zaidi, President of the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation Vilas Dhar, and many more! As part of our community, we have have code ATIH50 that you can use for 50% off.
📃We have a bold mission. Spoiler alert: our methods are working. Read about it!
There really is a method to our madness and why we have a variety of activities. Ever since our inaugural “ethical tech summit” in October 2018 in NYC, we knew that there was an immense need to have a more cohesive movement that also greatly diversified the types of individuals involved in the process. While there are a lot of initiatives focused on issues through a tech lens, we noticed that there was a significant community from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds that viewed issues through a social lens (and often felt left out of the conversation).
🙏Thank you to everyone who has helped us along the way, as our growth and impact stems from the generosity and passion of all of our community that has assisted us with advice, speaking at our events, being interviewed in our reports, amplifying our resources, volunteering, and more. Thank you.
👋We’re planning a Responsible Tech Mixer for SF in late October. Let us know if you’ll be there.
😎Cool happens in Responsible Tech
“Digital Void’s Meme in the Moment Festival returns to New York City this Saturday, August 27! Join academics, activists, authors, comics, and reporters to reveal the ways the internet influences our world. Speakers include Check My Ads Co-Founder Nandini Jammi, NBC News’ Manny Fidel, and Buzzfeed News’ Kelsey Weekman.” -Josh Chapdelaine
“AIHacks4Good is a virtual hackathon happening from Sept 30-Oct 02, 2022. We are bringing hackers together from across the globe to tackle some of the biggest challenges in Ethical AI, such as AI + data in healthcare, automated facial recognition, and AI + data in the justice system.”-Jasmine Zhang
“The TAM (Technology and Adolescent Mental Wellness) Program aims to answer the foundational question: How can technology support adolescent mental wellness? In responding to the needs of researchers during the COVID-19 pandemic, the TAM Data Consortium builds an infrastructure and oversees a process for ethically sharing anonymized research data and cultivating research partnerships between investigators. If you are a researcher or graduate student doing research on technology, are interested in mental health and the adolescent/young adult population, or would benefit from using secondary data for a project, you can use data that is part of the consortium for free!”-Chelsea Olson
🎉Thank you for being awesome.
-All Tech Is Human | Write us at Hello / AllTechIsHuman.org
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