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Exciting Upcoming Events from CTSP Fellows

By Galen Panger, CTSP Director | Permalink

Five of CTSP’s eleven collaborative teams will present progress and reflections from their work in two exciting Bay Area events happening this month, and there’s a common theme: How can we better involve the communities and stakeholders impacted by technology’s advance? On May 17, three teams sketch preliminary answers to questions about racial and socioeconomic inclusion in technology using findings from their research right here in local Bay Area communities. Then, on May 18, join two teams as they discuss the importance of including critical stakeholders in the development of policies on algorithms and drones.

Please join us on May 17 and 18, and help us spread the word by sharing this post with friends or retweeting the tweet below. All the details below the jump.


Inclusive Technologies: Designing Systems to Support Diverse Bay Area Communities & Perspectives

Three collaborative teams from the Center for Technology, Society & Policy share insights from their research investigating racial and socioeconomic inclusion in technology development from the perspective of local Bay Area communities. How do Oakland neighborhoods with diverse demographics use technology to enact neighborhood watch, and are all perspectives being represented? How can low-income families of color in Richmond overcome barriers to participating in our technology futures? Can we help immigrant women access social support and social services through technology-based interventions? Presenters will discuss their thoughts on these questions, and raise important new ones, as they share the preliminary findings of their work.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016
4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
202 South Hall, Second Floor
School of Information
Berkeley, CA

Refreshments will be served.

About the Speakers:

  • Fan Mai is a sociologist studying the intersection of technology, culture, identities and mobility. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.
  • Rebecca Jablonsky is a professional UX designer and researcher. She holds a Master’s of Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon and will be starting a Ph.D. at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute this fall in Science & Technology Studies.
  • Kristen Barta is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington whose research investigates online support spaces and the recovery narratives of survivors of sexual assault. She earned her Master’s from Stanford.
  • Robyn Perry researches language shift in Bay Area immigrant communities and has a background in community organizing and technology. She holds a Master’s from the Berkeley School of Information.
  • Morgan G. Ames is a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Science, Technology, Medicine, and Society at UC Berkeley investigating the role, and limitations, of technological utopianism in computing cultures.
  • Anne Jonas is a Ph.D. student at the Berkeley School of Information researching education, social justice, and social movements.

 


Involving Critical Stakeholders in the Governance of Algorithms & Drones

Advances in the use of algorithms and drones are challenging privacy norms and raising important policy questions about the impact of technology. Two collaborative teams from the Center for Technology, Society & Policy share insights from their research investigating stakeholder perceptions of algorithms and drones. First, you’ll hear from fellows about their research on user attitudes toward algorithmic personalization, followed by a panel of experts who will discuss the implications. Then, hear from the fellows at CityDrones, who are working with the City of San Francisco to regulate the use of drones by municipal agencies. Can the city adopt drone policies that balance privacy and support innovation?

Wednesday, May 18, 2016
6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
1355 Market St, Suite 488
Runway Headquarters
San Francisco, CA

Refreshments will be served. Registration requested.

About the Speakers:

  • Charles Belle is the CEO and Founder of Startup Policy Lab and is an appointed member of the City & County of San Francisco’s Committee on Information Technology.
  • CTSP Fellows Rena Coen, Emily Paul, and Pavel Vanegas are 2016 graduates of the Master’s program at the Berkeley School of Information. They are working collaboratively with the Center for Democracy & Technology to carry out their study of user perspectives toward algorithmic personalization. The study is jointly funded by CTSP and the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity.

Panelists:

  • Gautam Hans is Policy Counsel and Director of CDT-SF at the Center for Democracy & Technology. His work encompasses a range of technology policy issues, focused on privacy, security and speech.
  • Alethea Lange is a Policy Analyst on the Center for Democracy & Technology’s Privacy and Data Project. Her work focuses on empowering users to control their digital presence and developing standards for fairness and transparency in algorithms.
  • Jen King is a Ph.D. candidate at the Berkeley School of Information, where she studies the social aspects of how people make decisions about their information privacy, and how privacy by design — or the lack of it — influences privacy choices.

 
Stay tuned for more events from the CTSP fellows!

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