The Tech Stands Up Podcast is a series dedicated to the intersection of technology and civic engagement at the local, state, and federal levels. We explore how the tools we are building impact our society by interviewing leaders in technology, non-profit, government, and academia. We encourage the engineers, designers, and product managers to question our leader's decisions and to collaborate with their local communities to help solve some of the most pressing issues our world faces right now. We owe it to future generations to ensure this period in history is looked back with admiration, not self-destruction. This is the moment that Tech Stands Up!
Syd Heller: Preparing incarcerated individuals for successful reentry through technology training.
Syd Heller is the Chief Program Officer at The Last Mile, a nonprofit breaking the cycle of incarceration through in-prison education and post-release support. As CPO, Syd oversees TLM’s educational offerings, such as the Web Development Program, as...
Cori Zarek: Building an inclusive and equitable government through technology
Cori Zarek is the Executive Director of the Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation at Georgetown University and a champion for using tools such as data, technology, and design to drive toward better outcomes in our society. At the Beeck Center, Cori leads fellows, students, and staff who direct action-oriented research projects to reimagine how institutions can better serve all people.
Prior to joining the Beeck Center, Cori served as Deputy Chief Technology Officer of the United States where she led work to build a more digital, open, and collaborative government including helping to stand up and support the U.S. Digital Service, 18F, and the Presidential Innovation Fellows. Cori also led the U.S. government’s work with the global Open Government Partnership. She was a Mozilla Foundation fellow in technology policy and advised Code for America on its principles and practices work. In 2020, Cori co-founded U.S. Digital Response which matches pro-bono technologists to work with government and organizations responding to the crisis. She currently leads that organization’s Advisory Council.
Previously, Cori was an attorney at the U.S. National Archives, and before that, at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press where she worked on free press, free expression, and freedom of information issues. She is the President of the Board of Directors for Muckrock, a nonprofit, collaborative news site in the U.S. that promotes transparency for an informed democracy, and also serves on the Advisory Council for the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law.
Cori has taught courses in First Amendment law and on data and technology since 2007. At Georgetown, she teaches Data for Social Impact. She holds a B.A. and J.D. from the University of Iowa. You can also find her on Twitter and LinkedIn.
Catherine Bracy: Mobilizing tech workers to create an economy that works for everyone
Catherine Bracy is the CEO and Co-Founder of the Tech Equity Collaborative an Oakland-based non-profit, whose mission is to mobilize tech workers to create a tech-driven economy that works for everyone. They educate people in the tech sector around...
Censorship or Anti-Trust? Tech takes action after the Capitol insurrection
Jan 6, 2021, will be remembered as one of the darkest moments in our country's history. A violent armed mob, incited by the president of the United States, and fueled by lies, misinformation, and conspiracy theories, stormed the capitol with the clear intention of assassinating politicians and overthrowing the government.
Since November, the president and his enablers have been spreading the big lie across social media that the election was stolen, and that if their supporters do not fight, then they will lose their country.
For anyone that says that they didn’t see this coming was not paying attention. Today on the podcast I welcome back Shahid Buttar who has spent 20 years warning us of the rise of fascism in the US and how the technology is enabling it. We talk about how we got here, and if techs response since then was appropriate, and if we are headed down a path that could spell danger for free speech and encryption.
Jenn Noinaj: Bringing Human Centered Design to Public Interest Technology
Jenn is a user experience strategist and designer specializing in social impact projects and is passionate about using design to solve society’s most pressing challenges. She is currently leading research at the Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation, where she is creating solutions to make the public interest technology field more inclusive. Jenn also worked at the United States Digital Service where she got to work with a wide range of departments from, FEMA, the census, and even fish and wildlife. Jenn is also a mentor to young technologists that are interested in starting their career in the public interest technology sector. In her spare time, she can be found breaking out of escape rooms, geeking out on board games, and searching for the best tacos.
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13fund. A Joint Venture in Angel Philanthropy
The 13 Fund is a foundation started by Bilal and Jason, two entrepreneurs who exited their companies in 2020 and wanted to give back to the communities that supported them. Over the next four years, the 13 Fund will contribute $100k in unrestricted...
The podcasts are very interesting and provides a different point of view from my views in a calm non threatening environment. I am a strong believer in listening to all sides of a discussion , as I believe no one group or party is completely correct in all their views and we can learn from all sides. Relevant & current content & the topics discussed will affect all of us.
I really have enjoyed this podcast as it is tackling interesting and tough subjects. As a “techie” myself, I want to hear about how we can actually do good and not just drive technology to simply serve better ads. Thanks again and keep them coming!