At Ethics in Tech we believe that laughter is not only the best medicine, it’s also the best way to educate and inform people about critical issues in our world today. Fresh off the success of a similar event last month, Ethics In Tech will be hosting a community and comedy night at the venerable Internet Archive in San Francisco on Friday, June 21. Technology will collide with comedy for a thought-provoking, laugh-evoking evening hosted by NSA Comedy Tour creator, author, activist and EIT founder Vahid Razavi, who has recently published his second book, Ethics in Tech and Lack Thereof.
This time, EIT will bring to the stage an exciting all-women lineup of comics headlined by Francesca Fiorentini, who was behind viral hits like The Real Deal With the US Mexico Border and White Fragility in the Workplace. Fiorentini also hosted the show Newsbroke on Facebook Watch. She has been in SF Sketchfest three years and counting and is currently host of the podcast The Bitchuation Room.
Fiorentini will be joined by Chloe McGovern, who can be seen regularly opening for Rich Vos and competing in Roast Battles at The Stand, New York Comedy Club, and The Comedy Store; Abi See, who in addition to doing standup is also a PhD student in computer science at Stanford University, where she specializes in the application of artificial intelligence to human language; and Annette Mullaney, a software engineer named a “comic to catch” by the San Francisco Chronicle.
On the serious side, independent journalist and activist Brett Wilkins will discuss whether technology can make warfare less deadly for civilians, Bob Chandra of the LiveFree Project will examine the commercialization of military weapons for covert harassment use and Marta Kosmyna will speak about her work with the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, a coalition of over 100 organizations working in 54 countries to address the human rights implications of growing autonomy in weapons systems.
Ethics in Tech is proud to be hosting this event at The Internet Archive, which for 23 years has admirably carried out its mission of offering “universal access to all knowledge.” The Internet Archive hosts the Wayback Machine, a digital archive of everything ever published on the World Wide Web — an invaluable resource for finding everything from your old college blog to deleted incriminating tweets from people who wish there was no Wayback Machine!
The Internet Archive is located at 300 Funston Avenue in San Francisco. Doors open at 6 for refreshments and mingling, the show starts at 7. Tickets start at $14.