Automation, Big Data and the Internet are altering society in profound ways and with remarkable speed. Policy and civil dialogue on the topic struggle to keep up, leaving “experts” to define the path forward. With every technological advancement, there are people who benefit more than others. The aim of the Code Colloquy Book Club is to bring people from a variety of backgrounds together to discuss the ethical and social justice concerns and opportunities associated with developing technologies.
I understand that reading an entire book is a big commitment. In order to remove barriers to participation, each book selected will also be available in audiobook. And I will include short articles and podcast that also summarize the reading topic.
Marriam-Webster defines Facilitator as someone who helps to bring about an outcome (such as learning, productivity, or communication) by providing indirect or unobtrusive assistance, guidance, or supervision. I became passionate about facilitating conversations about technology and society while studying for a Masters in Public Policy at the University of Michigan, where I organized the first ever consensus conference on autonomous vehicles (https://sites.google.com/umich.edu/wcav-consensus-conference/home). My aim will be to lead conversations that cover a multitude of angles on a topic and introduces everyone to other perspectives.
I am really excited to discuss this book because a) It is one of the most inspiring stories I have read in a while and b) It highlights the way the internet and digital communications have become tools for harassment and poses important questions.
As usual, if you can't read (or listen) to the book, feel free to check out the book talks and articles.
C-SPAN Interview (here)
New York Times Review (here)
MIT Technology Review (here)