Do you care about tackling wicked tech & society issues & co-creating a better tech future? Come join All Tech Is Human's upcoming Responsible Tech Mixer, which features special guest Meredith Broussard. This sure-to-be-special gathering is the NYC book launch for Broussard's More Than a Glitch. Meredith will be in conversation with David Ryan Polgar, founder & director of All Tech Is Human.
***The first fifty attendees of our Responsible Tech Mixer + Book Launch with Meredith Broussard will receive a copy of MORE THAN A GLITCH! ***
The upcoming Responsible Tech Mixer + Book Launch is brought to you in collaboration with Project Liberty, of which All Tech Is Human is a partner. Project Liberty is an international nonprofit organization working to create a new civic architecture for the digital world that returns the ownership & control of personal data to individuals, embeds ethical values into technology, & expands economic opportunities for web users & developers alike.
Meredith Broussard is Associate Professor at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute of New York University & Research Director at the NYU Alliance for Public Interest Technology. She is the author of Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World (MIT Press). Her work has been featured in the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Atlantic, BBC, Wired, the Economist, & more. She appears in the 2020 documentary Coded Bias & serves on the advisory board for the Center for Critical Race & Digital Studies. More information at @merbroussard or meredithbroussard.com.
All Tech Is Human is a non-profit committed to strengthening the Responsible Tech ecosystem so we can tackle wicked tech & society issues & co-create a tech future aligned with the public interest. We have a wide range of activities around three key workstreams: multistakeholder convening & community-building, multidisciplinary education, & diversifying the traditional tech pipeline with more backgrounds, disciplines, & lived experiences.
Read about our mission & accomplishments here, & view all of our projects (mentorship program, Slack community of over 4k, job board, working groups, reports, summits & mixers, Responsible Tech University Network, & more) here. Our organization has been growing & supporting the Responsible Tech movement since 2018. We are based in NYC with a global audience & lens.
Based on capacity & previous Responsible Tech Mixers by All Tech Is Human, we are expecting this gathering to fill up quickly. Know of a person or organization who should be there? Let them know. Come join All Tech Is Human & Unfinished in celebrating the launch of Meredith Broussard's More Than a Glitch with this special book talk & mixer! Please note: More Than a Glitch will be available to purchase at Betaworks, the venue for our mixer. In addition, we will be giving away some All Tech Is Human t-shirts!
When technology reinforces inequality, it's not just a glitch-it's a signal that we need to redesign our systems to create a more equitable world.
The word glitch implies an incidental error, as easy to patch up as it is to identify. But what if racism, sexism, & ableism aren't just bugs in mostly functional machinery-what if they're coded into the system itself? In the vein of heavy hitters such as Safiya Umoja Noble, Cathy O'Neil, & Ruha Benjamin, Meredith Broussard demonstrates in More Than a Glitch how neutrality in tech is a myth & why algorithms need to be held accountable.
Broussard, a data scientist & one of the few Black female researchers in artificial intelligence, masterfully synthesizes concepts from computer science & sociology. She explores a range of examples: from facial recognition technology trained only to recognize lighter skin tones, to mortgage-approval algorithms that encourage discriminatory lending, to the dangerous feedback loops that arise when medical diagnostic algorithms are trained on insufficiently diverse data. Even when such technologies are designed with good intentions, Broussard shows, fallible humans develop programs that can result in devastating consequences.
Broussard argues that the solution isn't to make omnipresent tech more inclusive, but to root out the algorithms that target certain demographics as other to begin with. With sweeping implications for fields ranging from jurisprudence to medicine, the ground-breaking insights of More Than a Glitch are essential reading for anyone invested in building a more equitable future.
A special thanks to Project Liberty for being a valued collaborator making this gathering possible.