Responsible Tech Mixer next week, last chance for our mentorship program, new events calendar, and more!
Plus add YOUR voice to our upcoming HX Report: Aligning Our Tech Future With Our Human Experience
👋We’re having a casual online Responsible Tech Mixer next Wednesday that you should join.
Happy New Year! Here at All Tech Is Human, we are continuing to look for ways to both expand and tie together the community. Our non-profit organization committed to growing and convening the Responsible Tech movement, making it more diverse, multidisciplinary and aligned with the public interest. We unite this broad range of stakeholders to co-create a better tech future.
Attend our upcoming Responsible Tech Mixer on Wed, January 12th at 1pm EDT to be connected to others (from across the globe) that deeply care about co-creating a future that is aligned with the public interest. After logging into the main virtual room, will be split off into seven small groups to converse around the topics of product design, freedom of expression vs safety & privacy, fixing the broken business model, digital citizenship, tech augmentation, tech & wellbeing, and the Responsible Tech outlook for 2022.
⏰Deadline to apply to our Responsible Tech Mentorship Program is this Friday!
In 2021, we piloted our mentorship program to learn more about what the community is looking for and how we could assist the broad range of individuals looking to build their Responsible Tech careers, expand their network, and grow their knowledge of the nascent ecosystem. In February, we will be launching a six-month program where we are pairing our curated mentors with three mentees. In addition, there will be opportunities for mentees to connect and learn from others through the entire mentorship cohort.
📢Our HX Report: Aligning Our Tech Future With Our Human Experience is coming out January 30th. Add YOUR VOICE to the report.
We’re getting excited about the release of our upcoming report, which is being developed through our 175-person working group comprised of a broad range of backgrounds and perspectives on how we can better align our tech future with our human experience. We’d love to hear YOUR THOUGHTS on the topic, and will be including some of the submissions in the upcoming report.
What is your vision for a tech future aligned with the human experience?
A major goal for HX (Human Experience) is to change our approach to talking about, engaging with and designing technology in a way that's aligned with our needs as humans — not users. In your opinion, what needs to happen in order to improve the ways we currently approach technology?
The concept of HX (Human Experience) sits at the intersection of many existing fields all working on ways to make our lives healthier, more equitable and more human. In your opinion, how can we better unite these various groups to have a more holistic, collective approach?
What makes YOU optimistic that we, as a society, can build a tech future aligned with our human values?
📅We’ve launched a Responsible Tech Events Calendar for the community!
There are a lot of livestreams and webinars happening around Responsible Tech and it is easy to miss ones that you later wish you attended. There are a ton of events, for example, that are being posted on our Slack (not yet a member? Join here.) We’re aiming to curate a calendar of submitted Responsible Tech events (both online and in-person) so it will be easier to find the events that resonate with you.
🔭What to look out for in 2022? Five independent newsletter teamed up and asked a wide selection of experts for their outlook.
Tech Policy Press, Everything in Moderation, New_Public, Reboot, and the Information Ecologist recently teamed up on a terrific project focused on gathering a broad range of opinions about where our tech future is headed in 2022. Follow along on Twitter with #LookoutFor2022 and check out this nice summary. Our founder & director, David Ryan Polgar, was featured in this project along with outlooks such as:
What one idea, issue, person or event should people look out for in 2022?
“More tech workers will hopefully demand accountability from their leadership to employees, the public, and democracy, building on the work of so many who have exposed the most harmful business practices in recent years. Tech talent can use their voices to demand more ethical, transparent and inclusive decision making or take their skills elsewhere. These are real choices and risks that everyone in the industry has to weigh, but tech workers can no longer tune out the so-called critics if they truly want to make a positive impact in the world. I am hopeful we will see more head the call.” -Yaël Eisenstat
“The idea that we can use the multistakeholder approach, to create content policies and regulation, that are efficient and rights based, seems like something we will see more in 2022. The Content Policy & Society Lab at Stanford University is the first initiative exploring how fostering dialogue and collaboration between Governments, Companies, Civil Society Organizations and Academia, globally, can lead to solutions to some of the major challenges posed by content online.” -Julie Owono
“Digital sovereignty. The core idea is that countries should have a greater control over information, data, and technology services within their borders, and is a rebuke of dominant US-platforms and American approaches to “free speech”, privacy (as in, lack thereof), and intermediary liability protections. The growing backlash against surveillance capitalism also fuels the idea that we must develop alternatives to US-market driven behemoths. This idea resonates globally in populist authoritarian, post-colonial, and European countries alike. But it’s just as much at odds with the idea of an open- interoperable, secure internet as the private walled gardens created by Big Tech are. The vision of cyberspace existing beyond Westphalian borders is officially dead.”-Courtney Radsch
😎Some cool happenings in Responsible Tech
From Sahar Massachi, co-founder of The Integrity Institute.
“The Integrity Institute is a think tank powered by a community of integrity professionals: tech workers who have on platform experience mitigating the harms that can occur on or be caused by the social internet. We believe in a social internet that helps individuals, societies, and democracies thrive.
We are opening up to new members in the new year, and invite you to join.
Together, we do three big things:
1. Build the community of integrity professionals -- that's (possibly) you!
2. Develop and enrich community knowledge
3. Share that knowledge. We collaborate in depth with key stakeholders: companies, policy makers, academics, and nonprofits.
Are you an integrity professional? Click here to join our community.
We keep adding new jobs and fellowships to our Responsible Tech Job Board. Check out new roles from New_Public, Coding it Forward, Partnership on AI, Cornell Tech’s Digital Life Institute, Spotify, and many more!
👍Let’s co-create a better tech future. That requires that more voices are brought into the process.
-All Tech Is Human | Write us at Hello / AllTechIsHuman.org