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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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Dr. Fay Cobb Payton

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“This is really about relationships and failure to be attuned to relationships means that we’re…not using all of the levers and all of the assets we have in community to make this happen. Nor on the flip side are we being represented in spaces and places where we traditionally have not have [a] voice and large scale influence.”

Dr. Fay Cobb Payton is a Full Professor (with Tenure) of Information Technology/Analytics at North Carolina State University and was named a University Faculty Scholar for her leadership in turning research into solutions to society’s most pressing issues. She has worked in corporate, academic, non-profit and government organizations.

Dr. Payton’s research interests include bias in algorithmic design; tech innovation, healthcare IT and disparities; social and data analytics; intersectionality; racial, gender and ethnic identities in online communities; STEM education and workforce participation, and human-computer interaction. 

She is the author of Leveraging Intersectionality: Seeing and Not Seeing (Richer Press).

 

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Dr. Eleanor Seaton

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“If you step into my classroom, that’s gonna be the help you get. You can come into my classroom it’s my space, I determine the rules, I determine what we’re gonna talk about and that’s what I tell ‘em on the first day: if you can’t handle this conversation, god bless you.”

Eleanor K. Seaton is an Associate Professor in the Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University.  Dr. Seaton is a developmental psychologist using quantitative, qualitative and mixed-methods to examine the impact of racism on Black youth’s mental health and development. 

Dr. Seaton recently co-edited a special section on context and ethnic-racial identity in Child Development. Dr. Seaton served as an associate editor for Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, and serves on the editorial boards of Developmental Psychology and Child Development. Dr. Seaton is the former chair of SRCD’s Ethnic and Racial Issues Committee and the former chair of SRA’s Diversity and Equity Committee. Dr. Seaton has a tendency to journal, travel, bake desserts, shop, read, watch movies and dance to Chicago style house music when relaxing

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Saber Khan

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“I got a stat that will blow you away. At CUNY which is the City University of New York and their CS program, the majority of CS undergrads at CUNY don’t have their own computer.”

Saber Khan is a Bengali-American educator based in New York City. He is a veteran K12 educator with over 15 years of experience teaching math, science, and computer science in public and private middle and high schools. Currently, he teaches multiple introductory and advanced computer science classes in creative coding and web development. And he organizes events and spaces for educators to engage with code, ethics, and equity. He loves email.

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  • ethicalCS.org – the home of #ethicalCS. The chat happen monthly on the last wednesday of every month at 8 pm ET. Join us on April 29 for a conversation on tech, Covid-19, and ethics.
  • ccfest.rocks – a set of free and inclusive creative coding events I organize in LA, SF, and NYC
  • processingfoundation.org – Processing Foundation is a non-profit dedicates to free and open source software for creative coding and access to computing

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Maria Farrell

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“‘And now I will tell you how to make Google slightly less bad without ever actually dismantling surveillance capitalism.’ This kind of sensible centrist nice kind of middle aged medium politically white guy narrative. But It’s always about that guy, or indeed that white woman or whoever is always the hero of the next bit of story. And that is the wrong story. Like, that is not the fucking story.”

Maria Farrell is an Irish writer and speaker on technology and the future. Now based in London, she has worked in tech policy for twenty years in Paris, Brussels, Los Angeles and Washington D.C. Maria has written for The Guardian, Slate, Medium, the Conversationalist, Irish Times and Irish Independent.

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