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HCI Seminar 4/27, Catherine Bracy, Tech Equity Collective — Tech + Ethics: Who's making sure the tech industry has our best interests in mind?

Michael Bernstein mbernst at
Mon Apr 23 06:37:22 PDT 2018

Tech + Ethics: Who's making sure the tech industry has our best interests
in mind?
Catherine Bracy, Tech Equity Collective

April 27, 2018, 12:30-1:30pm, Gates B01 · Open to the public
CS547 Human-Computer Interaction Seminar (Seminar on People, Computers, and

High-profile incidents in the tech industry in the past few years, on
issues as wide ranging as data security and sexual harassment, are creating
alarm from regulators and the general public alike. This increased scrutiny
is causing many in tech to examine the values of the industry -- and start
working on ways to increase ethical behavior across the sector. The
approaches to developing ethics are as broad as the scandals driving the
conversation. In this session, we'll look at the emerging landscape of
organizations and movements working to build a more ethical tech sector and
dive deep on one of them -- how tech is effecting economic inequality -- to
answer questions about the sustainability of the industry in the coming

Catherine Bracy is a civic technologist and community organizer whose work
focuses on the intersection of technology and political and economic
inequality. She is the co-founder and Executive Director of the TechEquity
Collaborative, an organization in Oakland, CA that seeks to build an
inclusive and community-oriented tech ecosystem in California’s Bay Area.

She was previously Code for America’s Senior Director of Partnerships and
Ecosystem where she grew Code for America’s Brigade program into a network
of over 50,000 civic tech volunteers in 80+ cities across the US. She also
founded Code for All, the global network of Code-for organizations with
partners on six continents. Catherine built Code for America’s civic
engagement focus area, creating a framework and best practices for local
governments to increase public participation which has been adopted in
cities across the US.

During the 2012 election cycle she was Director of Obama for America's
Technology Field Office in San Francisco, the first of its kind in American
political history. She was responsible for organizing technologists to
volunteer their skills for the campaign’s technology and digital efforts.
Prior to joining the Obama campaign, she ran the Knight Foundation’s 2011
News Challenge and before that was the administrative director at Harvard’s
Berkman Center for Internet & Society. She is on the board of directors at
the Citizen Engagement Lab and the Public Laboratory.
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