Responsible Tech Mixer in DC, Tech & Democracy working group, SF panel announced
Video from our NYC mixer, new podcast episodes, mentorship program update, plus contribute to our project, "What does a better tech future look like?"
🎙️Check out the first 7 episodes of our “All Tech Is Human Library” recorded at Unfinished Live!
We have begun releasing new episodes daily from our special activation done in collaboration with Unfinished at this year’s Unfinished Live in NYC! For this, we interviewed 16 incredible humans over three days who are all working to build a better tech future. Our team also chatted with hundreds of individuals throughout Unfinished Live about ways to get involved in the Responsible Tech movement.
Our team was handing out physical copies of a special Responsible Tech Careers Zine, discussing our new Responsible Tech Guide, mentorship program, Slack community, mixers, livestreams, working groups, talent pool, job board, office hours, and more.
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😂Yeah, we do a lot here at All Tech Is Human, which means we always have something to talk about when you see us. That either means we’re petrified of silence or we’re incredibly committed to building a tech future aligned with the public interest. We’re sticking with the latter.
AVAILABLE EPISODES (with quotes, takeaways, audiogram): Vilas Dhar (President of the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation), Meredith Broussard (author, data journalist, NYU professor), Renée Cummings (AI Ethicist, data activist), Dorothy R. Santos (storyteller, poet, artist, and scholar), Marshall Davis Jones (Founder of MINDBODYSPEAK, artist), Douglas Rushkoff (media theorist, bestselling author), and Erika Cheung (Executive Director of Ethics in Entrepreneurship, key whistleblower for Theranos). All Tech Is Human is part of the Unfinished Network, and we are currently working on a project with New_ Public around healthy digital spaces to come out later…
🎧Conversation with Meredith Broussard, Data Journalist, Associate Professor at NYU, and author of Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World and the upcoming More Than a Glitch: Confronting Race, Gender, and Ability Bias in Tech.
🎧Conversation with Vilas Dhar, President of the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation
🏛️We’re having a Responsible Tech Mixer in Washington, DC on Sun, Nov 13th!
Fresh off our mixer last week in NYC (where we’re based), we decided to put together a Responsible Tech Mixer for 75 people in Washington, DC on Sunday, Nov 13th from 4-6pm. Join us! We are building off the energy of our recent Youth, Tech & Wellbeing gathering at the Australian Embassy in DC along with a mixer & panel we held back in April with our friends from Digital Void (see the panel below with Afua Bruce, B Cavello, and Cori Zarek).
A big thank you to Alex Reed for helping get this mixer off the ground.
📢Check out our incredible panel for our gathering in SF on Oct 27; we’re almost at capacity, so let us know if you’re joining.
We have an all-star panel set up for our Responsible Tech Mixer + Panel in San Francisco that is happening on Thurs, Oct 27th from 4 to 6:30pm. If you are able to attend, you’ll hear from (and chat with) Bogdana Rakova (Senior Trustworthy AI Fellow at Mozilla Foundation), Dr. Rachel Gillum (Vice President of Ethical & Humane Use of Technology at Salesforce), and Chris McClean (global lead for digital ethics at Avanade). Read their bios right on the Eventbrite page and be on the lookout for a future video.
Similar to DC, we are keeping up the momentum after our previous mixers in SF (Tech Policy Around the World) we held in SF in the Spring in collaboration with the Tony Blair Institute and held at the Internet Archive. And pre-Covid, we held a summit in SF in September 2019 held at Thoughtworks.
🙏Thank you to everyone who came out to our Responsible Tech Mixer in NYC last week!
We had a wonderful time last Thursday at our Responsible Tech Mixer in NYC that featured a fireside chat with Marta L. Tellado, the President and CEO of Consumer Reports and author of Buyer Aware. The gathering quickly filled up and had a very sizeable waiting list, so we are actively looking at ways to accommodate our growing community. If you have an idea for us about how we can accomplish this, please reach out our way!
Consumer Reports has had some incredible projects as of late, including this new report by Nandita Sampath on recommendations for removing legal barriers for public interest algorithmic auditing.
🏃♀️Last chance to join our Tech & Democracy working group!
On Wednesday, October 26 the Tech & Democracy working group will have its first meeting. If you submitted a form and have not received a calendar invite, please reach out to Cate Gwin at email@example.com. Haven't signed up yet? Complete the interest form for the working group by this Friday, October 21st to join! As we begin the Tech & Democracy working group that will release its report in Feb, we are looking for people to interview, organizations to highlight, and other related resources to include. If you would just like to notify us about resources or people we should be reaching out to, you can also do that through this form.
🤯We had over 540 applications to our Responsible Tech Mentorship Program.
We have been incredibly busy sifting through applications from prospective mentors and mentees for our program (run by Rebekah Tweed) that is running from November until April 2023. Our most recent mentorship cohort had a total of 185 people, and for this cohort we are expanding to 277 members (70 mentors, 207 mentees). Everyone who applied will be notified later this week about their application status. For those that we are unable to accommodate with direct pairing this go-around, we will be providing the option of being part of a group with access to advice, resources, upskilling, and more.
As a teaser, here are some of the mentors in the upcoming cohort!
B Cavello: Director of Emerging Technologies, Aspen Digital
George Chewning: Deputy Director, Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation
Amira Dhalla: Director of Impact Partnerships and Programs (Privacy/Security), Consumer Reports
Karolina Kumiega: Director of Trust & Safety, Vimeo
M. Alejandra Parra-Orlandoni: VP of Ethical Innovation & Privacy, Takeda
Linda Wagner: Director of Academic Programs, University of Washington
Our non-profit is actively looking at ways to successfully grow our mentorship program to meet the immense need. There are a lot of individuals from across the globe interested in the Responsible Tech movement! Future integrity workers, public interest technologists, Responsible AI practitioners, and those interested to work at the intersection of tech & democracy, and also youth, tech, and wellbeing.
The future of technology is the future of democracy and the human condition, so we need a diverse range of backgrounds involved!
👍All Tech Is Human attracts those that want to tackle thorny tech & society issues.
🥳Please welcome Josh Chapdelaine to the All Tech Is Human team!
Our organization is thrilled to welcome Josh Chapdelaine to the team, who will be joining us as a part-time Program Manager to help improve our wide range of activities as we continue to grow. This follows our recent announcements about Selene Hernandez and Sandra Khalil joining All Tech Is Human as well.
Josh is a digital media producer, strategist, podcaster, and educator, who is dedicated to creating a healthier landscape for humans in a digital age. Josh co-founded Digital Void, an internet literacies collective. He produces live events, workshops, and multimedia projects, dedicated to the study of how digital media, technology, and culture affect humans. Digital Void will be presenting its “Meme in the Moment” event on Wed, October 26th in NYC. Josh is also the Producer of Douglas Rushkoff’s Team Human Podcast and an adjunct lecturer at CUNY Queens College.
“I’m most excited about contributing to All Tech Is Human’s existing array of impressive programs that place humans at the center of the interest of technology development, from mixers and summits to reports. I’m also excited to develop new initiatives and expand the incredible work All Tech Is Human has produced.”
🔮What does your “better tech future” look like? We’ll be releasing a compilation of responses on November 8th.
Since our founding in 2018, our organization has interviewed (reports, summits, livestreams) over 500 individuals across civil society, government, industry, and academia and has interacted with thousands of individuals from a variety of backgrounds and viewpoints from across the globe through our large community Slack group (which is now over 3.8k members), summits & mixers (online + in-person), working groups, office hours, and more.
➰Our organization is perpetually being informed by the community, while concurrently informing the community in a beautiful cyclical fashion to understand and connect the Responsible Tech ecosystem.
We’d love to hear your vision for a better tech future! Some of the submissions will be included in our upcoming November 8th report. If you have been listening to our new podcast episodes recorded at Unfinished Live, you will note that we asked every guest what their vision for a better tech future is…
😎Cool happens in Responsible Tech
All Tech Is Human is a partner for the Global Responsible AI Summit 2022 that happens on Oct 27th online and is free to join.
In our last newsletter we announced our partnership with the Tech Stewardship Practice Program; 384 people signed up for our All Tech Is Human cohort!
“Community managers and administrators are often “shadow workers” for the platforms when it comes to trust & safety, as they do the unpaid work of moderation. Join us for Trust & Safety in Community, presented by The Integrity Institute, a non-profit collective of practitioners of platform integrity with a mission to protect and improve the social internet. It’s open to all community managers and moderators. Free virtual event on Thurs, October 20th.”-Laure X Cast
“I'm excited to announce Building H two workshops — in New York City (November 2) and in Boston (November 9) — as part of our project to develop principles for healthy design. The workshops are a chance for people to meet others who are interested in the topic of how the products and services of everyday life — in industries like tech, food, entertainment, transportation and housing — can be designed to facilitate healthy behavior. We’ll work together to brainstorm and refine principles that can be used by companies to ensure that the products they’re developing will have positive effects on the health behaviors of their customers.” -Steve Downs
“Imagining a PIT Future: A Public Interest Technology University Network Student Creative Arts Contest is an open call for student clubs to use creative expression to reimagine a PIT future that centers community in technology development, innovation, and service delivery. Student clubs can win up to $1,000 across three categories (video, 2D/3D art, and creative writing). Learn more here.”-Katherine Shek
“Do you have a game-changing idea to make tech more equitable and need help turning it into action? The Day One Project and Kapor Center are teaming up on a Racial Equity and Tech Policy Accelerator. This is a nine-week policy development program designed for advocates, academics, policymakers, and entrepreneurs with an interest in developing an idea around racial equity in tech into an actionable set of policy recommendations for the Biden-Harris Administration or Congress. Participants will receive an honorarium of $3,000 for their time and efforts. Apply before the deadline to be considered!” -Faith Savaiano
🚀Forget Mars! We’re headed toward a future aligned with our values.
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