Our 2023 Plans, NYC mixer this Wednesday, London in the Spring, and much more!
Plus upcoming university ecosystem mapping, our new work visa category for our Responsible Tech Job Board, partnership with MozFest, and new cohort sign-ups for the Tech Stewardship Practice Program
🔮Look into All Tech Is Human’s future! Our activities are focused on strengthening the Responsible Tech ecosystem so we can tackle wicked tech & society issues and co-create a tech future aligned with the public interest.
We have ambitious plans here at All Tech Is Human. But looking back at 2022 so far, we have released four reports developed from open working groups, grew our Slack community to over 4k members across the globe, released our curated list of 500+ Responsible Tech Organizations and 400+ individuals featured in our projects, and tomorrow we will be having our 12th (yes, 12th) in-person gathering in 2022! Some of our gatherings have involved partners such as Australian Embassy in Washington, DC, the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, Unfinished, Consumer Reports, and the Consulate General of Canada in New York.
🚀So, we’re thinking big for 2023. Since our launch in 2018, we have intentionally built out a model that unites different stakeholders, disciplines, and perspectives in an agile approach. It works! Our method allows us to move at the speed of tech while we understand and involve a broad range of backgrounds. That’s important.
We call our this our grassroots-power model; developed to distribute power and ideas across an interconnected hub of people and ideas. Founder & Director David Ryan Polgar is off to Istanbul later this week to speak about the unique model at a NATO-affiliated gathering of global leaders, and then at the Yale School of Management the following week.
Thank you for everyone reading this newsletter who have believed in our mission.
Our organization has benefited from the generosity of the community that has cross-crossed the globe to participate in our summits, paid their knowledge forward with mentorship, offered their advice and assistance, and added to our body of knowledge through interviews and speaking. Thank you.
🤯We don’t use a good Taylor Swift reaction shot lightly. If you are in the NYC area, you’ll want to join us tomorrow.
In previous newsletters, we have used a few Jaws-themed puns on needing a bigger boat. For our Responsible Tech Mixer this Wednesday in NYC, we have rented out a large space to accommodate 250 people who care about building a better tech future. NYC is our home turf, and we are setting out to have a dedicated space for the community to regularly gather in the near future. Because our tech future is really about people.
Come to this mixer to meet others, share your knowledge and resources, and find moments of collaboration. You’ll get to hear from other organizations in the space, get informed and inspired, and perhaps win one of our hot-off-the-presses All Tech Is Human t-shirts.
📢Our Responsible Tech Job Board now has a visa sponsorship category
The recent tech industry layoffs have been especially challenging for people who need visa support to stay in the country. An abrupt layoff is incredibly disruptive for anyone, but even more so for those who have 60 days to find a suitable role or face deportation. Our program director Rebekah Tweed has been meeting with many folks who have recently been laid-off, and in recognition of this urgent need, Selene Hernandez from our team suggested that we include a category for visa sponsorship. We've upgraded the job board to include this important new category!
You can view the board here, and read Selene's blog post on the topic, "Tech Layoffs Are an Opportunity to Practice Inclusivity"
🎓All Tech Is Human has been mapping the Responsible Tech university ecosystem through our University Ambassadors program during 2022, and are preparing to release the first iteration on December 13th
Spearheaded by Rebekah Tweed and Selene Hernandez, the effort to map the University Ecosystem focuses on building a living resource of the ever-expanding academic degree programs, certificates, research institutes, faculty researchers and professors, and student clubs that explore and tackle thorny tech and society issues. We explore questions such as:
What are the academic majors, degree programs, and certifications relevant for pursuing a career in Responsible Tech?
What are the University Research Centers and Institutes exploring Responsible Tech projects?
Who are the faculty teaching and researching Responsible Tech topics?
What are the student clubs devoted to Responsible Tech?
🔭Watch for this resource in our next newsletter to find information about academic programs such as Arizona State University's MS in Public Interest Technology, University of Oxford's Social Science of the Internet, and the University of Edinburgh's new Data and Artificial Intelligence Ethics program; institutes like Georgetown University's Center for Digital Ethics, Ethical Tech at Cal Poly, New York University's Center for Responsible AI, and Cornell Tech's PiTech Studio; and student clubs like Carnegie-Mellon University's Students Using Data for Social Good (SUDS) and Northwestern's Responsible AI Student Organization (RAISO).
👋We’re laying the groundwork for a large gathering in London in Spring 2023
Are you interested in attending or getting involved (we’ll be having community org partners, speakers) in our upcoming gathering in London?! Let us know!
In the coming weeks, we will have additional information about this gathering we are planning. If you have ideas of how we can make this impactful and special, please reach out our way.
🚪We have opened the door to sign up for our winter cohort for the Tech Stewardship Practice Program!
In a recent newsletter, we announced our partnership with Engineering Change Lab Canada for the Tech Stewardship Practice Program. This practice program is designed to strengthen our skills around tackling thorny tech & society issues, especially around the complexity of trade-offs and outside pressure. Unlike many programs requiring a strict tech background, this program is designed for a wide variety of backgrounds.
For our inaugural cohort (still in session), we have a cohort of over 400 individuals from across the globe in this asynchronous program with regular check-ins. Starting today, you can now sign up for the winter cohort that will get started in January.
👍All Tech Is Human is partnering with MozFest to help curate its funder track so we can build a better tech future
MozFest is a celebration of the work of the internet health movement across the globe, which is near and dear to us at All Tech Is Human. Save the date and submit to the call for proposals by December 16th!
There will be additional updates about our collaboration with MozFest in the coming newsletter. Until then, submit a proposal and get involved.
This year, The Webby Awards is proud to introduce categories to recognize Responsible Tech work. In our previous newsletter, we announced that All Tech Is Human is partnering with The Webby Awards for its new Responsible Tech category.
As part of its mission to honor the best of the Internet and inspire new work within this space, categories include; Accessible Technology, Responsible Information, Responsible Innovation, Sustainable Technology. Participating in the Webbys is a great way to showcase that you and your team are at the forefront of Responsible Tech work and to champion and bring awareness to this important social issue.
Being recognized by The Webby Awards is a huge achievement. By participating in The Webby Awards, you put your work on the world stage along with industry leaders and past winners like Mozilla, NAACP, Crooked Media, The Ford Foundation, The United Nations, Blue State Digital and more. Last year’s competition and show earned 9 billion media impressions from global media outlets like The Washington Post, Variety, International Business Times, Deadline, NBC News, Fast Company, Adweek, Late Night With Stephen Colbert and The New York Times.
Judges for Responsible Technology include leaders such as Dr. Fallon Wilson, Co-Founder and Principal Investigator, #BlackTechFutures Research Institute; Eli Pariser, Omidyar Fellow, New America and Co-Director, New_ Public, National Conference on Citizenship; Tracy Chou, CEO, Block Party; James Hodson, CEO, AI for Good Foundation; Halsey Burgund, Co-Director, MIT Center for Advanced Virtuality; Rayid Ghani, Director, Data Science for Social Good and more.
If you're doing this work, participate in The Webby’s first year recognizing responsible technology to set new standards and inspire others. Enter your project by the Final Entry Deadline of December 16th, 2022.
😎Cool happens in Responsible Tech
🎉All Tech Is Human surpassed 10k followers on LinkedIn! We post a lot there, so do get nerdy with us.
Some of the London-based All Tech Is Human community are joining up with UK-based We and AI for a science fiction themed meetup on Wednesday 30th November at 6.30pm local time.
“Our work on the Better Images of AI project (of which All Tech Is Human in a Founding Partner) has shown the huge yet misleading and often alienating role which scifi can play in shaping people's attitudes to technology. So we were really keen to have our last 2022 meetup at the Science Museum's "Science Fiction: Voyage to the edge of reality" immersive exhibition. If anyone is around to join us to experience it, and/or to have a drink and chat AI narratives and responsible tech afterwards, please get in touch!" Although the tickets for the Science Fiction exhibition are between £16.20- £20, the Science Museum will be holding its monthly "Lates" night which allows free (booked) entry to the rest of the museum for adults only. So even if you don't want to pay for the Science Fiction exhibition, you can still come in any time from 6.45 and meet others in the Diner after they have finished in the exhibition. Get in touch with me for tickets and full details of what promises to be the first of some exciting All Tech Is Human x We and AI events, at firstname.lastname@example.org (or in the London channel in All Tech Is Human’s community Slack group)” -Tania Duarte
"Please join us on November 30, 2022, 5-7pm ET, for the Closing Event of the inaugural *This Is Not A Drill* exhibition technology, equity, and the climate emergency in the NYU Bobst gallery space. A panel discussion with feature *This Is Not A Drill* artists Yan Shao and Karen Holmberg, alongside climate scientist V. Balaji, NYU Chief Sustainability Officer Cecil Scheib, and NYU Trustee, Future of Imagination Fund donor, and NYU Tisch alumna Sharon Chang. The event is part of the *This Is Not A Drill* program at New York University. As a project of the Future Imagination Fund at the Tisch School of the Arts, it fosters creative and critical thinking around the intractable social problems that are entangled with the rise of technology and the climate emergency." -Mona Sloane
“Hosted jointly by Digital Planet and the Centre for International Law & Governance at the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University along with support from the Omidyar Network, “Defeating Disinformation: Advancing Inclusive Growth and Democracy through Global Digital Platforms - An UnConference” will be held on Friday, 2 December at the Chase Center, Tufts University from 10.30 AM to 6 PM EST. This UnConference will create a unique forum for thought leaders and experts to explore and weigh in on critical challenges affecting the digital public sphere, design technical and regulatory solutions that address these issues, and answer questions around devising a global approach to content moderation. Registration details and detailed agenda can be found here. If you have any questions, you can reach out to us at digitalplanet-at-tufts.edu. Not in the Boston area? Join us virtually!” -Arpitha Desai & Anuradha Herur
🧠Nobody can predict the future. But we can co-create it.
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