The intriguing edge cases of privacy in an AI-driven world
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by Karen Borchgrevink
2M ago
– Erin Relford, Privacy Engineer at Google Edge cases in privacy are what keep me passionate about working in technology—particularly those arising from autonomous behavior and AI engagement within our tech products and services. We see this play out already with self-driving cars and food delivery robots. These emerging interactions are rapidly reshaping how privacy engineers approach their work. As technology grows more sophisticated, the lines blur between privacy, security, safety, and ethics. Often we overlook potential privacy dilemmas that these technologies pose to women and underrepr ..read more
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Our community speaks out
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by Karen Borchgrevink
4M ago
We feel compelled to speak and urge you to join the global chorus against the war on Gaza. The attempt to expel Palestinians from Gaza brings to mind images of the forced expulsion of Armenians from the Ottoman Empire during World War I, the Trail of Tears – “Indian Removal” – from the American South in the mid 1800s, and, yes, Jews being loaded onto trains to be sent to concentration camps by Hitler Germany in WW2. Palestinians’ land was stolen 75 years ago in the Nakba and therein lies a major source of the “Middle East problem.” It also brings to mind its very opposite: the 40 days of ..read more
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Ethical Data - It’s in the nuance, not the mechanics
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by Cindy Lin
5M ago
Arriving at the Los Angeles Convention Center! –Cindy Lin, author This past Friday, I presented “Our Responsibility to Build an Ethical Data Culture” at the annual Society of Women Engineers’ conference in Los Angeles. This session was a brief introduction on Data Equity and Ethics as it applies to the Data Culture Framework (developed by me at Cindy Lin Consulting), sharing unethical data practices and ways to counteract them. Much of the content was the application of principles learned in LA Tech4Good’s Data Equity workshop to my framework. I was very pleased to speak with a multi-generati ..read more
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What caught our attention & what we want to see next
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by Karen Borchgrevink
5M ago
LA Tech4Good statement on the Executive Order on the Safe, Secure, and Trustworthy Development and Use of Artificial Intelligence Image by OpenClipart-Vectors from Pixabay –by Eva Sachar Milestone Directive! On October 30th, 2023, the Biden-Harris Administration released the Executive Order on Safe, Secure, and Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence. The executive order marks a significant stride in AI regulation and includes measures that address data ethics and equity. Thus far, efforts to develop responsible AI have been largely voluntary and driven by academia, nonprofits, and subsets of the ..read more
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Bridging the Data Divide: The Journey of Data Equity from Niche to Commonplace
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by Karen Borchgrevink
5M ago
Exploring Data Equity with Karen Borchgrevink, Founder of LA Tech4Good  –By Tirelle L.M. Barron Imagine residing at the crossroads of technology and ethics, advocating for transparency and fairness in a world often obscured by jargon and complex systems. Welcome to the domain of data equity, a rapidly emerging field that is playing an increasingly critical role in various sectors from technology to healthcare, and academia to nonprofits. To get a better understanding, I traveled to Echo Park, Los Angeles, where I had the pleasure of speaking with Karen Borchgrevink, the founder of LA Tech ..read more
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Cool Spots LA App built on responsible data foundations
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by Karen Borchgrevink
5M ago
Grand Park splash pad, downtown LA A periodic feature on ? Tech and Climate Kelly Poole, our climate lead based in San Francisco, shares highlights and observations from a recent chat with Marta Segura, City of Los Angeles Chief Heat Officer, and Eva Pereira, the City’s Chief Data Officer, about the launch of the new Cool Spots LA App. As expected, summer is sizzling everywhere, and staying cool has become increasingly difficult. On days with severe heat, for example, Los Angeles County emergency departments see an extra 1,510 patients. As heat waves become more frequent, those most vulnerabl ..read more
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Engineering students envision equity and access in Waterloo Park
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by Karen Borchgrevink
5M ago
Photo of Waterloo Park and Silver Lake from Engage Waterloo Leveraging data equity and putting “Tech for Good” into practice –By Alexi Orchard In recent years, most people in a computing or technology-related profession have likely been exposed to “tech for good,” “responsible innovation,” “computing for social good,” or one of the many other buzzwords and phrases that advocate designing technology for the benefit of humanity and the environment. As a PhD candidate and teacher of engineering ethics and communication at the University of Waterloo, my primary goal is to prepare students to thin ..read more
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Integrating ethics into the product development cycle
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by Karen Borchgrevink
5M ago
❝60+ techies and Tech Leaders from Santa Barbara to [Orange County] came together to discuss how to make our digital products more equitable and ethical❞ –Ethan Cole, President, PMA.LA Watch the video recording here Our panelists shared their expertise across the public sector, big tech, HR, manufacturing and social enterprise, at CareerBuilder, Caterpillar, Snap, Grammarly, HopSkipDrive, and LAHSA (LA Homeless Services Authority). We’re grateful to panelists Cindy Lin, Leo Neves, Krystal Cooper, and Christopher Chenet, moderator Rachel Whaley, host Zefr and event partner PMA.LA. Ethan shared ..read more
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Product in LA podcast with Chris Chenet
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by Karen Borchgrevink
5M ago
Homeless Tech, Diversity on Data and Pop-Up Movie Theaters Chris Chenet, Senior Technical Advisor at Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority and a member of our Board, is going wild on the Product in LA podcast! From his awakening on technology for social good, his work at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, the new Universal Housing Application (an integrated web app for permanent supportive housing), and LA Tech4Good. ❝The goal is to get [people] housed way faster than we are currently doing… Homeless tech is getting exciting,❞ Chenet says. Listen ..read more
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Data equity for everyone everywhere all the time!
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by Jen Holmes
5M ago
Rachel Whaley with Yohance Barrett workshopping Applied Data Equity with a UCLA Anderson School of Management Master of Science in Business Analytics class April 2023 An interview with Rachel Whaley, Data Equity Program Manager, by Jen Holmes, nonprofit data leader and data equity practitioner Jen: I was a grateful participant in the second cohort of LA Tech4Good’s Data Equity workshop in February, 2021. I learned so much, and have incorporated many of the concepts back into my work overseeing a database and analytics team at a large arts nonprofit. I recently caught up with the program’s fou ..read more
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