Tech Talks


The Tech Talks interview series showcases the many ways individuals and groups interact with technology. These stories highlight the need for tech to be intentional, ethical, and inclusive.

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Tech Talks: Quyen

After studying computer science at the University of Oklahoma, Quyen began working with Asian Americans Advancing Justice, an organization which seeks to advance civil and human rights for Asian Americans. In her role, Quyen monitors multilingual social media mis/disinformation content; she is currently considering a master’s degree in journalism with a focus in mis/disinformation. More

Tech Talks: Shaun

Shaun Patrick Tubbs is a fitness instructor, actor, director, and founder of black by brand, an apparel company seeking to inspire and bring joy to communities of color. We chatted with Shaun about representation and tokenization within the fitness industry, expanding access to wellness, and digital authenticity. In 2020, Shaun was quoted in the New York Times article Yoga, SoulCycle and Peloton Face Truths About How Black Lives Matter. More

Tech Talks: Mackenzie

A recent dual-degree graduate of the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University, Mackenzie seeks to utilize technology, entrepreneurship and community investment to close the racial and gender wealth. We chatted with Mackenzie about her two start-ups, the impact of equity investing and working in a white, male-dominated field while holding marginalized identities.  More

Tech Talks: Leonard

Leonard Cortana is a Ph.D. candidate in Cinema Studies at New York University / Tisch School of the Arts and an affiliate researcher at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. In his work, Leonard researches the intersection of digital networks, race and technology, and activism with a particular emphasis on digital visual activism, the memorialization of assassinated activists, and the online protection of human rights defenders. More

Tech Talks: Kashyap

Kashyap is a high school student and chapter director at Encode Justice, an international coalition mobilizing youth for human and civil rights in the age of artificial intelligence. We chatted with him about his involvement in Encode Justice and why it’s critical to consider ethical AI from a youth perspective. More

Tech Talks: Naomi

Naomi is a twenty-four year-old youth manager at an educational non-profit in New York City; we chatted with Naomi about how COVID-19 and the lack of adequate technology has widened disparities within New York City’s public schools. More