What we’re about
LA Tech4Good’s mission is to foster social change by equipping data professionals with equitable and ethical data practices. Our signature data equity programs – Leading Equitable Data Practices – are the cornerstone of our work in 2022.
We are a fiscally sponsored project of Social Good Fund (EIN 46-1323531).
Upcoming events (3)See all
- Using and Visualizing Data Responsiblythis is an online event, Los Angeles, CA
Calling all data practitioners! LA Tech4Good and PolicyViz are teaming up to offer a free webinar on using and visualizing data responsibly, equitably, and ethically.
We’ll cover key concepts and practical tools, addressing questions like:
- What assumptions or perspectives are built into the data? Who defined the categories and methodology, and why? What is and is not represented in the data, and why? How is equity defined in context?
- How can analysts, researchers, and developers apply a race- and ethnicity-conscious lens to their data analysis and data visualization work? How can we take a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive (DEI) perspective to our research, data, and visualizations?
Taking a DEI perspective means considering how the specific lived experiences and perspectives of the people and communities we are studying, as well as our readers, will perceive information and carry that information forward. In this talk, we discuss a variety of techniques that data visualization producers should consider when creating visuals with this DEI approach, and bring new perspectives on data equity and tools to bring these practices to your work to help build a more equitable future.
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Dr. Jonathan Schwabish is an economist, writer, teacher, and creator of policy-relevant data visualizations. He is considered a leading voice for clarity and accessibility in how researchers communicate their findings. His book, Better Data Visualizations: A Guide for Scholars, Researchers, and Wonks details essential strategies to create more effective data visualizations. He is on Twitter @jschwabish.
Rachel Whaley is an advocate for technology as a tool for positive social impact. As the data equity program lead for LA Tech4Good, she leads workshops to enable individuals and organizations to develop ethical and equitable data practices. Across her experience with nonprofits, higher ed, and public and private sectors, she believes data can be a force for good when handled responsibly. She holds degrees in public policy and computer science from the University of Chicago.
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- LA Tech4Good winter party!Everson Royce Bar, Los Angeles, CA
If you're in Los Angeles, please us to celebrate accomplishments of 2023 and look forward to the exciting opportunities that 2024 holds!
>>> RSVP at https://partiful.com/e/s0NvfkaXyJ9MK8VbVuaw
Whether you've been a long-time supporter of LA Tech4Good or are just getting acquainted with our community, this get-together is the perfect occasion to connect, celebrate, and embrace the positive impact we can create together.
Everson Royce Bar
1936 E 7th Street, Los Angeles CA 90021
Time: 7PM doors open for the community!
6PM volunteer team gathering.
>>> Please rsvp so that we can get a headcount in advance!
- Data Equity Skills Workshop Seriesthis is an online event, Los Angeles, CA
January 11, 18 & 25, 2024
5pm PT | 8pm ET | Zoom
Does your work involve data? Are you making data-informed decisions? AND… are you seeking ways to use data responsibly, counteract harmful data bias, and contribute to social change? If so, this is the program for you!
We are thrilled to be able to offer this signature workshop series in January at no cost to participants in partnership with the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the Internet Society Foundation.
What we cover in this series:
Part 1: Equity in Data Projects
Part 2: Data Ethics
Part 3: Impact of AI and Algorithms
What’s included when you register?
- A curated curriculum of the latest and greatest resources to teach you the foundational concepts of equity and ethics in data and algorithms.
- Three live virtual sessions with your cohort, facilitated by data equity coaches, to enable you to dig into these concepts, apply them to your work right away via hands-on exercises, and get support and feedback from your cohort in a small-group setting.
- A one-on-one meeting with your data equity coach to help you create your customized action plan and navigate any challenges you’re facing in developing a personal or work related data project.
Our only requirement is that each participant come with a data project so that you can directly apply the principles learned to real world practice.
> More information and registration here