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#TechPolicySoWhite

February 1, 2019 Emerging Tech , ETDC , Social Justice

Over the last few years Public Knowledge has hosted various iterations of Emerging Tech DC (#ETDC). This event has served as a platform for tech policy advocates and tech entrepreneurs to have fruitful discussions about artificial intelligence, virtual reality, internet of things, and 3D printing. This year, in recognition of diversity of thought, experiences, and needs of people who use this technology, Public Knowledge will host this event with twist — Emerging Tech for Social Change. At Public Knowledge, we understand that tech policy impacts communities, specifically marginalized communities, in different ways and there must be debates now and in the future that actively include those communities. Our goal for Emerging Tech for Social Change is to center voices at the margins in hopes that policy debates and panelist participation in said debates reflect our values as an organization and the public interest community as a whole.

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The Right to Life, Liberty, and Technology? How Civil Rights Are Violated in the Digital Age

August 2, 2018 Data Protection , Section 230 , Social Justice

Forget bitcoin; human information has become the true cryptocurrency of our world. Online discrimination and privacy breaches are happening at an alarming rate and affecting those most vulnerable in our society: minority groups, mothers, and the elderly.

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Net Neutrality: The Social Justice Issue of Our Time

July 19, 2017 Free Expression , Internet Freedom , Net Neutrality , Net Neutrality in 2017 , Social Justice

Democracy has become a daily visceral online experience. When Philando Castile was shot by a Minnesota police officer his girlfriend’s first instinct was to start broadcasting. Diamond Reynolds chose to live-stream the aftermath of the shooting on Facebook Live, sharing the graphic cries of her four-year-old daughter with over 3.2 million viewers. Live streaming is transforming the growth of citizen journalism, providing a distressing view of shootings like these, and empowering citizens to share their story without the fear of censorship.

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