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Bay Area: Join us 2/13 to discuss a new hope for tech activism

Leigh Honeywell will talk about tech workers challenging companies to be more ethical. Over the past couple of years, we've seen a huge upsurge in activism within the technology community. From the walkouts at Google to labor organizing at Amazon, t...


Bay Area: Join us 2/13 to discuss a new hope for tech activism

Published On: February 11, 2019 05:21:39 AM

Leigh Honeywell will talk about tech workers challenging companies to be more ethical. Over the past couple of years, we've seen a huge upsurge in activism within the technology community. From the walkouts at Google to labor organizing at Amazon, tech workers are starting to see a connection between their work and social issues. Engineer and entrepreneur Leigh Honeywell has been at the forefront of tech activism for many years, and at this month's Live on Wednesday, February 13, we'll be talking to her about activism in today's world and the politics of a life lived online. Further Reading Honeywell founded two hackerspaces (HackLabTO in Toronto, and the Seattle Attic Community Workshop in Seattle), created the widely circulated the Never Again pledge, and now heads Tall Poppy, where she helps companies protect their employees from online harassment. The thread that runs throughout her work is the use of technology to create greater privacy and safety for people online. She'll discuss the growing resistance to the practices of corporations that profile users, or sell their users' data, along with the rise of services that protect people from digital harassment. Honeywell was previously a Technology Fellow at the ACLU's Project on Speech, Privacy, and Technology, and also worked at Slack, Salesforce, Microsoft, and Symantec. Leigh has a Bachelors of Science from the University of Toronto where she majored in Computer Science and Equity Studies. Further Reading She'll be in conversation with contributors Annalee Newitz and Cyrus Farivar. Live takes place at Eli's Mile High Club in Oakland (3629 MLK Way -- they have the best tater tots you've ever eaten). The event is free, and you can RSVP via Eventbrite. Doors open at 7pm, and the live filming is from 7:30pm to 8:20-ish (be sure to get there early if you want a seat). Stick around afterward for informal discussion, beer, and snacks. Can't make it out to Oakland? Never fear! Episodes will be posted to two weeks after the live events.

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