New summit! New resources! And many new partnerships.
Read our Welcome to Responsible Tech primer, see videos from our recent mixer and livestream, and stay involved with our upcoming activities.
🥳Thank you to everyone who came out to our Responsible Tech Mixer + Book Launch for Meredith Broussard!
Well, that was fun. We are always deeply inspired by the wide range of individuals who gather in pursuit of tackling wicked tech & society issues together. The Responsible Tech Mixer we held on March 15th in NYC was a beautiful showcase of this, as it also served as our kick-off for a new monthly series. Each month, we will be gathering 200 individuals for our Responsible Tech Mixer series at Betaworks in NYC that will typically feature a special guest or panel conversation. We will also be holding mixers and special gatherings in other cities, along with additional special gatherings and roundtables in NYC.
💡 Here at All Tech Is Human, we bring people together for some key reasons:
Gatherings help build community—something that is sorely needed. This fits into our theory of change, which you can read about here.
Bringing people together helps share knowledge, resources, and directly leads to collaboration—without this, we are not benefiting from each other’s previous work.
Our gatherings are an entry point into our wide range of activities for our non-profit. An attendee often then joins our Slack community, where they are instantly in touch with various backgrounds and perspectives from across the globe. There they may discover resources like our Responsible Tech Guide, and join an open working group and take part in our mentorship program. If that original attendee is looking to grow their career in Responsible Tech, they then peruse our Responsible Tech Job Board and join our talent pool. In other words, our gatherings directly lead to new voices being activated and elevated. If for the established individual attending our gathering, they can be woven into the fabric by being a mentor in our program, speaking at a future gathering, having their career profiled in one of our reports, and paying their knowledge forward to others. [All of our projects can be found here.]
📚If you haven’t picked up a copy of Meredith Broussard’s More Than a Glitch, we highly recommend it. A big thank you to Project Liberty for being our partner and collaborator for this gathering.
You can watch the fireside chat between Meredith Broussard and All Tech Is Human’s David Ryan Polgar above or have a listen to the audio below.
📢 Today we are releasing a primer to the Responsible Tech movement! Check it out.
We are thrilled to launch “Welcome to the Responsible Tech Movement,” which aims to provide a greater level of insight and guidance for the wide range of individuals curious about Responsible Tech and wondering how they can get more involved. Do you know someone who would benefit from this information? Share it with them. And if you have feedback about how this primer can be improved, please ping us on Slack, send us an email, or tell us directly during an upcoming livestream or in-person gathering!
Welcome to Responsible Tech gives our definition for the movement and explains why it is needed, gives a broad overview of key topics, and points individuals to helpful resources and programs that meet them wherever they are in their career and exposure to the Responsible Tech ecosystem.
✈️Our first summit in London is fast approaching! Join us at The Shard on April 18.
We are finishing up the invitations for our very first summit in London and have been thrilled from the response so far. 600 people have filled out our interest form, and we have been continuously sifting through this behemoth of a spreadsheet with all of your org, speaker, and topic recommendations. Thank you!
While we can only accommodate 250 individuals to attend this gathering, due to the interest we are already mapping out future gatherings in London and various cities throughout Europe. Do you have an idea for us? Reach out.
Our gathering on the 18th of April at The Shard is being done with the support and partnership of Crisp, a Kroll business. Today we are announcing (see the graphic above), some of the orgs that will be presenting (along with the earlier-announced Tech Policy and Content Moderation panels). The full list of orgs presenting will be featured in our next newsletter.
🤔 What can a cross-sector approach to Responsible AI look like? We are partnering with Responsible Innovation Labs to explore this issue with an intimate roundtable in NYC!
The future of artificial intelligence is here and rapidly evolving. We are on the cusp of an explosion of AI-driven changes in every aspect of our economy. GPT tools are reaching the public in exponentially new ways and leaders across all sectors are asking: what does this mean for the future?
Together, our organizations are organizing an intimate roundtable on cross-sector involvement to shape shared guardrails and ethical principles for the design, development, and deployment of AI systems.
How do we ensure that startup companies are building with ethical AI principles from day one? This conversation will serve as a table-setting exercise to explore aspects of this question. Up until now, the ethical considerations of AI have mainly been the purview of big companies. Now, it’s time to consider what’s needed for earlier stage companies at the frontier of building and scaling the next generation of tools and use cases.
Who needs to be in this conversation?
What resources are needed?
How to make it useful and stage-appropriate for founders and investors?
Are you interested in being involved in this initiative? Please let us know through our interest form as with curate this upcoming conversation.
⏳Our upcoming Responsible Tech Mixer with special guest Douglas Rushkoff is almost full! Oh, did we mention we’ll be giving away 50 copies of his new book?!
Yeah, let’s have some fun. It was so wonderful to see 50 people holding up Meredith Broussard’s More Than a Glitch at our recent in-person mixer, that we decided to do it again. The first 50 attendees who show up after registering will receive a copy of Survival of the Richest.
For our upcoming in-person Responsible Tech Mixer in NYC on April 26th, we will be welcoming special guest Douglas Rushkoff. Rushkoff is a renowned media theorist and bestselling author who also spoke at our inaugural summit in the Fall of 2018! Douglas Rushkoff is noted for coining the terms/concepts of “social currency,” “digital native,” and “viral media.” You can also check out his podcast (and book of the same name), Team Human.
🤾♀️ Interested in Healthier Digital Spaces? Join the Digital Playground with our friends at New_ Public again this Thursday!
We hope to see you on Thursday, March 30 from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM EDT for the next session of Digital Playground, a virtual monthly series in partnership between New_ Public and All Tech Is Human.
This session is focused on 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 during the first 30 minutes; in the second half, join our deep dive discussion facilitated by our Program Director, Rebekah Tweed, on social platforms' impact on democracy. We'll discuss our new report on Tech & Democracy and explore topics like dis/misinformation, generative AI & deepfakes, extremism and hate speech, and more.
See you on the Digital Playground!
👋 There are 101 ways to get involved in the Responsible Tech movement. Hear from our team about some of the ways YOU can take part.
We appreciate everyone who tuned into our livestream last Friday, which was focused on new happenings in the movement and some of the ways that you can get plugged in. Check out the video above.
Our organization is mapping out an upcoming schedule of livestreams. What would you like to see us talk about? What guests would you like to see appear? Let us know!
📺 We’re continuing to receive positive feedback from our recent Tech & Democracy summit. If you missed it, you can watch the talks now.
We don’t really deal with fluffy stuff here at All Tech Is Human. Instead, we dive headfirst into tackling issues around technology’s impact on social cohesion, the human condition, and the future of democracy. Luckily we try to maintain a sense of humor throughout, and benefit from the generosity of the Responsible Tech community that has us feeling inspired instead of overwhelmed.
The issues we discussed on March 1st for our summit in NYC continue to grow in importance. You may have seen panelist Caitlin Chin (above) appear on CNN recently to discuss the prospect of a TikTok ban, or panelist Jameel Jaffer writing an OpEd on the topic for the New York Times recently.
🎉 Today we are announcing that we’ll be doing a large-scale global Responsible Tech Summit to happen in NYC in mid-September!
Our organization is increasingly gaining a reputation for our ability to unite a broad range of stakeholders across civil society, government, industry, and academia together to tackle hard problems. This is because we have created an accessible and agnostic environment that binds together individuals and organizations that often disagree on the surface (as they should, these are complex issues dependent on values and worldviews) who are united in a shared pursuit of co-creating a tech future aligned with the public interest.
Today we are announcing that, together with the Consulate General of Canada in New York, we will be launching a large-scale global Responsible Tech Summit in NYC in mid-September (timed around the United Nations General Assembly). This will be our third summit with our Canadian friends, which we promise will be better than the third Godfather movie. In fact, we going to put together something quite impactful.
What orgs should be involved? Who would you like to see on stage? What topics would you like to see discussed? Fill out our interest form and let us know!
📸 All Tech Is Human’s Founder & Director David Ryan Polgar recently spoke at the French Consulate in NYC about the need for an agile multistakeholder and multidisciplinary network that can move at the speed to tech to help tackle wicked tech & society issues (read about our mission and theory of change). This was part of a gathering called The New Violence: The Impact of Online Disinformation on Democracy, which was organized by The Tocqueville Foundation. He also spoke about this effort for a coffeehouse session last week for MozFest. David will also be at the Summit for Democracy that is happening in DC this Thursday, so do ping him if you will be there.
✊ We are an org partner for the upcoming European Student Conference happening at Yale.
We really like the work of European Horizons, which is building out student chapters at universities on three continents to create a global, student-led policy incubator. Their upcoming European Student Conference happens from April 14-16th at Yale University and we are proud to be an org partner. The upcoming conference “will draw together these young leaders and decision-makers from politics, business, and academia to discuss new approaches to the critical challenges in transatlantic affairs today.”
Let’s empower the next generation to tackle wicked problems.
😎 Cool happenings in Responsible Tech
One of the key functions of our non-profit is to lift up and connect the various people, organizations, and ideas of the Responsible Tech movement. There are a tremendous amount of new resources being developed, events being organized, new initiatives being launched, and more! Do you have something to add? Ping Sandra Khalil from our team.
👋 All Tech Is Human will be doing a casual gathering this Wednesday from 4-6pm ET in NYC for Trust & Safety professionals, researchers, and others interested in making dating apps safer. Want to learn more? Email Sandra from our team at sandra at alltechishuman dot org.
🎉 We now have over 1k people in our Responsible Tech Talent Pool, which you can freely join to get key information about the career landscape in Responsible Tech and matched up with potential opportunities. This goes a step beyond our Responsible Tech Job Board. And for organizations of companies looking to find individuals involved in Responsible AI, Trust & Safety, Public Interest Technology, and more please reach out to Rebekah Tweed from our team.
👍 All Tech Is Human is a partner org is the Atlanta HEARTH (Human, Ethical, and Responsible Technology Hub) initiative, which “will provide an engine of economic growth and social renewal for America by centering the wisdom of social scientists and those who have been historically marginalized in the development of new Prosocial technologies.” Ping Karina Alexanyan from our team to learn more.
🎊 The Boston/Cambridge area had another casual gathering of individuals from All Tech Is Human’s Slack community, which is quickly turning into a social network for the Responsible Tech movement. This was organized by Theodora Skeadas. A big thank you to Theodora and everyone who came out!
“This Wednesday at 1pm Eastern the Bipartisan Policy Center is doing an event looking at the Cambridge Analytica controversy five years later. Justin Hendrix of Tech Policy Press will be moderating a panel with myself, Alex Lundry of Tunnl and Matthew Rosenberg - one of the NYT reporters who broke the story. It’s all virtual and you can register here.” - Katie Harbath
Hello responsible tech-ers! My name is Emily Tavoulareas and I am the Managing Chair of Tech & Society at Georgetown---a consortium of research centers at Georgetown who are examining issues related to the relationship between technology and society. We are hosting a week-long event series at Georgetown this week.” - Emily Tavoulareas
“We invite you to join “Global AI: Reframing the Conversation”, co-sponsored by Stanford HAI, Stanford Global Studies, Stanford Center for South Asia, and Stanford Center for African Studies. This event [on April 13] will showcase diverse perspectives on human-centered AI with a focus on decolonial values, AI innovation that centers underrepresented languages in technology development, and the use of AI tools in tackling misinformation in global contexts.” - Kaci Peel
“Join us at the world’s biggest AI event yet, at World Summit AI Americas on 19-20th April in Montréal, Canada. You will be joined by the most influential researchers, AI brains, and the most advanced companies, ranging from Meta, Accenture, and Amazon to Roche and Mila. Use the code ATIH to get a free ticket! If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. See you in Montréal❤️” - Hannah Claus
🔮We bring people together, because together people will determine our future. Let’s make it a good one.
-All Tech Is Human | Write us at Hello / AllTechIsHuman.org
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