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David Golumbia

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“I get to teach some students who are closer to the engineering side of things and over the years I’ve certainly taught quite a few of them. And when they talk about that they want to improve the world and make things better and you look at the kinds of education they have and the social background they’ve had, these are people who have no clue what goes on in the world. They have their own Fox News projection of the world that is highly racialized and in some cases they don’t even know how little they know.”

David Golumbia is Associate Professor of Digital Studies in the Department of English at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is the author of The Cultural Logic of Computation (2009), The Politics of Bitcoin: Software as Right-Wing Extremism (2016), and is currently working on Cyberlibertarianiasm: The False Promise of Digital Freedom.

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Cher

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“I’m also making myself center stage and I don’t wanna do that either. I just have a really loud articulate voice that people listen to. And so, I need to learn how to use that without erasing the voices of the black women that I’m trying to lift up.”

Cher is a self-taught principal software engineer at Apple and has been in tech for 15 years. She is a high school and college dropout, a mom, and passionate about mental healthcare, equitable justice and opportunity, music, and science.

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Hannah Howard

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“It’s so obvious in the US that the big thing that has shaped the entire history of this nation is fuckin’ racism. Specifically…I don’t feel like I’m making a moral statement here, you can just look at the history. Like, there was not industrial capitalism until 1850, but there was slavery for a lot longer than that.”

Hannah Howard is a senior developer and tech generalist with over 15 years experience in programming and other technical fields. Prior to programming, Hannah worked for 10 years in the non-profit sector in Los Angeles, specializing in LGBT advocacy and community organizing. Hannah returned to coding in 2012, and brings her passion and experience from community organizing to helping new programmers get up to speed on technical topics.

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Nancy Hawa

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“I feel like it enabled him to lure people who really do care about the things that he preaches on Twitter into a really toxic work environment.”

Nancy is a full-stack software engineer based in San Antonio, TX. Before turning to code, Nancy was a Special Education teacher at high need schools in Brooklyn for seven years. She’s carried her teacher skills of advocacy and inquiry into every role she’s held since.

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Adrian C. Jackson

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Does that mean that there are certain people will be weeded out? Yes. Is that the objective? Abso-fuckin’-lutely. That’s the idea. There are certain people who honestly do not deserve a platform.”

Adrian C. Jackson is a Houston-based computer scientist specializing in mobile, web, & full-stack enterprise application development since 2004.
 
His tech startup, Amplifyed, LLC — home to his social application, Speekin’, to rival the likes of Twitter & Facebook — aims to provide agency, equity, and a digital safe space for marginalized & oppressed groups (with a heavy emphasis on bolstering the presence & power of Black Women), free from the disruption of hate groups, trolls, and bots prevalent on white-ran media sites.
 
The secondary goal is to inject more ethical practices of user data acquisition & utilization into a predominately white-ran tech industry with a laissez faire attitude towards users’ data concerns.
 
Operating as a one-man development team since October 1, 2017, Mr. Jackson is now preparing to welcome and seek the assistance of Black-backed venture capitalists & investors, in order to bring on board more talented BIPoC tech professionals to help in the expansion of Speekin’ and her siblings under the Amplifyed, LLC umbrella.

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Dr. Ainissa Ramirez

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“You will feel more comfortable to make decisions about Siri and Alexa and driverless cars…I wonder how AI is changing us and also feel empowered to ask questions, because right now everybody’s just…too afraid and It’s not their fault. Technology was pushed at us, that it’s the holy grail and you should worship it.”

Ainissa Ramirez, Ph.D. is a materials scientist and science communicator who is passionate about getting the general public excited about science. A Brown and Stanford graduate, she has worked as a research scientist at Bell Labs and held academic positions at Yale University and MIT. Ramirez has written for Forbes, Time, Science and Scientific American, and has explained science headlines on CBS, CNN, NPR and on PBS’s SciTech Now. She speaks internationally on the topics of science and technology and gave a TED talk on the importance of STEM education. Her book The Alchemy of Us (MIT Press) uncovers how tech shaped us.

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