Upcoming livestream, mixer in NYC on June 16, and videos from our Responsible Tech Summit!
Plus our theory of change video & some media coverage...
✈️People flew from Australia, Europe, the UK, Canada, and across the US to be at our Responsible Tech Summit: Improving Digital Spaces!
So that happened. We are feeling incredibly grateful at the outpouring of support and generosity that allowed us to put together the recent Responsible Tech Summit which featured individuals from the United Nations, Web Foundation, Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, PEN America, New_ Public, Center for Humane Technology, Tech Policy Press, eSafety Commissioner of Australia, UK Cabinet Office, OfCom, Center for Democracy and Technology, along with an incredible mix across civil society, government, industry, and academia in attendance for this special gathering hosted by the Consulate General of Canada in New York.
Multistakeholder convenings is one of our key focus areas here at All Tech Is Human, alongside multidisciplinary education and diversifying the pipeline. That’s what we do here at our non-profit, growing the underlying Responsible Tech ecosystem and co-creating a tech future aligned with the public interest.
And if you are wondering WHY people travel from afar, it isn’t for the snacks. Many of us recognize the significance of the current moment and the importance to roll up our proverbial sleeves to build the tech future that we deserve. This isn’t about technology, it’s about democracy and the human condition.
📺You can watch videos from all of the panels and fireside chats here. Some highlights:
Founder & Director of All Tech Is Human, David Ryan Polgar, delivered a welcome address about the power of community, the power of collective intelligence, and the power to change systems. VIDEO
What does free expression look like in digital spaces? Panelists Suzanne Nossel (CEO of PEN America), Amruta Deshpande (Researcher at Graphika) and Nora Benavidez (Director, Digital Justice & Civil Rights at Free Press) in conversation w/ moderator Jamie Cohen (Assistant Professor at CUNY Queens College) VIDEO + WRITE-UP
Fireside chat with Yu Ping Chan (Senior Programme Officer, Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Technology at the United Nations) interviewed by Justin Hendrix (CEO & Editor of Tech Policy Press)
Imagining Positive Digital Spaces panel w/ Joi Rae (Head of Operations and Partnerships at New_ Public), Gabo Arora (Award-winning immersive artist, former UN diplomat), Dona Bellow (Trust & Safety Professional Association advisor), in conversation with Saima Akhtar (Associate Director, Vagelos Computational Science Center at Barnard College). VIDEO + WRITE-UP
Fireside chat with with Australia’s eSafety Commissioner, Julie Inman Grant, in conversation with Matt Nguyen, Digital Governance and Rights Lead, Tony Blair Institute
Algorithmic Transparency in Digital Spaces panel with Renée Cummings (Data Activist in Residence at the University of Virginia), Irene Solaiman (AI Researcher and Public Policy Manager at Hugging Face), Natalia Domagala (Head of Data and AI Ethics at UK Cabinet Office), in conversation with moderator Maria Bridge (Chief Communications Officer at Center for Humane Technology). VIDEO
Creating a tech pipeline aligned with the public interest panel with Laura McGee (CEO of Diversio), Azhar Janjua, Head of Communitech Outposts, and Vivian Chong (MBA Candidate, Yale School of Management) in conversation with moderator Ayca Ariyoruk (Director of Global Partnerships and Communication at Soliya). VIDEO
Tech Policy & Social Media: Where Are We Headed? panel with Fred Langford (Director of Online Technology at Ofcom), Dhanaraj Thakur (Research Director at the Center for Democracy & Technology), and Harsha Bhatlapenumarthy, (Governance Manager, Meta) in conversation with moderator Kat Townsend (Director for Policy at the Web Foundation). VIDEO
Fireside chat with Yaël Eisenstat (Senior Advisor for Tech & Democracy, Institute for Security and Democracy) in conversation with Betania Allo (Cyber law and policy expert)
💭If you’ve wondered how we are building a better tech future here at All Tech Is Human, we put together a short video about our theory of change.
Spoiler alert: there is a method to our madness.
👋We’re getting experimental with our next mixer in NYC, exploring the metaverse.
Following up on our last resource, the HX Report: Aligning Our Tech Future With Our Human Experience and our participation in the HX Project, we wanted to explore what a human-centered metaverse would look like? What are the hallmarks of ideal metaverse communities? What are the ethical concerns that need greater consideration? There is a lot to discuss! So we have teamed up with digital marketing agency imre for an experimental intimate gathering that combines an immersive experience, panel discussion, and mixer on Thurs, June 16th from 4-6pm ET at imre’s downtown Manhattan location. Because of limited seating, please fill out our interest form to showcase your, well, interest.
🥳To celebrate the upcoming release of our AI & Human Rights report, we are having a livestream discussion on June 22. Join us!
We have been hard at work on our next report on AI & Human Rights that will be released on June 14th. Over 300 people have participated with offering insight and resources, and dozens of individuals across the globe are currently writing up this report that showcases the people, organizations, and ideas at the intersection of AI and human rights.
The subject matter expert for this report is noted AI Ethicist Renée Cummings, the Data Activist in Residence at the University of Virginia. Renée has also previously spoken at our gatherings and offered up advice in our “ask a mentor” session to learn from those in the Responsible Tech ecosystem.
For this upcoming livestream, Renée will be joined by Cate Gwin from All Tech Is Human and others as they discuss the major issues that the report surfaced, learnings from the profile interviews, resources, and actionable ways for the community to get involved.
👍Thank you to the hundreds of students and over 35 employers including Center for Democracy and Technology, Coding it Forward, Craigslist, Twilio, Federation of American Scientists, U.S. Digital Corps, and Unfinished that participated in our recent Public Interest Technology Career Fair
We have a lot in the works related to public interest technology and also the talent pipeline. We have been busy continuing to expand our Responsible Tech Job Board, our mentorship program, and have also recently launched a Responsible Tech Talent Matchmaking Service (for employers).
🕮 Be on the lookout…All Tech Is Human will be featured in Greg M. Epstein’s upcoming book, Tech Agnostic: How Technology Became the World’s Most Powerful Religion, and Why it Desperately Needs a Reformation," for MIT Press
Greg M. Epstein is a New York Times bestselling author who also serves as the Humanist Chaplain at Harvard University and at MIT. His work has been featured by The New York Times, The Atlantic, TED Radio, CNN, NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, and many more. In addition to writing for publications such as The Boston Globe, CNN.com, and The Washington Post, in 2019-2020 Greg spent 18 months as the first “ethicist in residence” at TechCrunch, where he published nearly 40 in-depth articles exploring the ethics of technologies and companies shifting our definition of what it means to be human, often in troubling ways.
Greg was in attendance at our recent Responsible Tech Summit talking to people about their motivation for getting involved in the movement.
Why are YOU involved?! Let us know!
😎Our tech future has not yet been decided. We are making it.
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