Talks and Panels
Handshake, "Data and Society," Black History Month Panel
February 2023, Virtural
In honor of Black History Month, Handshake’s Black Employee Resource Group, Wakanda, has put together a an exciting series events for Handshakers titled Data and Society, a company-wide panel on the design and impact that emerging technologies leveraging Data, A.I, and Algorithms have on the human experience, with a particular focus on deepening key social inequities. The panel invites panelists and Handshakers to reflect on our role and responsibility when leveraging data to fulfill Handshake’s mission of democratizing access to opportunity. The panel will feature key thought leaders from the private sector, and academia and will be moderated by Handshake's Chief of Legal, Valerie Capers Workman.
Society for Social Studies of Science Conference Making and Doing
"Liberatory Technology and Digital Marronage"
December, 2022, Cholula, Mexico
In December 2022, "Liberatory Technology and Digital Marronage," a research project created and led by Payton Croskey and myself, was accepted to present at the 4S conference in Cholula, Mexico. Payton and I traveled to Mexico together and led a series of workshops where we presented about our research and encouraged participants to co-imagine their own liberatory technologies.
Twin Cities Innovation Alliance
"Choosing the Margins: Black and Indigenous Community Technology and Data Stewardship Practices"
In the age of big tech, “data mining” and other forms of data extraction treat our communities like oil rigs to be taken from and disregarded. Concurrently, the technologies required for this level of computation require the ecological decimation of indigenous lands and violent mining conditions. How can data dependent on this violent extraction ever be for “public good”? Throughout this talk, I dissect hegemonic concepts of “technology” and “data,” uplift alternative forms of Black and Indigenous technologies and data stewardship, and explore technological futures that honor and work alongside communities instead of simply taking from them. A recording will be available soon.
Civics of Technology Conference
"Reimagining Environmental Justice: Practices and Tools for Tech Freedom Schools"
Throughout the Summer of 2022, I led a team of 6 undergraduate students through discussions and diverse texts, films, and even video games at the intersections between Tech and Environmental Justice through the Ida B. Wells Just Data Lab. I advised their final research projects - which included an audio play, a children’s book, a speculative video game, and more - and encouraged students to center accessibility in their work. Together, our team presented about our work at the Civics of Technology conference.
United Nations Development Program Accelerator Labs: Artificial Intelligence for Sustainable Development Conference
"Towards an Equitable and Just AI Future"
June 13, 2022 in Doha, Qatar
In June 2022, I was invited to speak at the United Nations Development Program Accelerator Labs: Artificial Intelligence for Sustainable Development Conference, a 4 day conference featuring representatives from 91 countries. I was invited as a subject matter expert on discriminatory and harmful AI practices, and to advise researchers on how to achieve equitable and just AI futures.
Princeton Center for Information Technology Policy
"Tech in Conversation: Imagining Radical Tech Futures"
April 11, 2022
Panel I organized and hosted on Imagining Radical Tech Futures, sponsored by the Princeton Center for Information Technology Policy and the Ida B Wells Just Data Lab. Featuring panelists: Annika Hansteen-Izora, Ashley Jane Lewis, and AM Darke
Black Environmental Leaders
"Ohio Voices Informing Energy Choices"
April 28, 2022
Panel uplifting young voices to help inform Ohio's energy choices — With guest panelist from Action for the Climate Emergency (ACE), Kwame Botchway with Global Shapers Cleveland, and Kenia Hale with Princeton University Center for Information Technology Policy.