On July 24, Ethics In Tech will follow up two successful community and comedy events with something a little bit different. Instead of a speeches and stand-up format, we’ll be hosting a panel of experts and engaging with you, our audience, to help us become an effective nonprofit organization that creates long-term impact.
Our panel will include Fiona J. McEvoy, a San Francisco-based artificial intelligence writer, researcher and thought leader. She was named one of the 30 Women Influencing AI in San Francisco by RE•WORK and one of the 100 Brilliant Women in AI Ethics You Should Follow in 2019 and beyond by Lighthouse3. McEvoy also founded YouTheData.com, and has had numerous articles published in media outlets including Slate, VentureBeat, All Turtles, Chatbots Life, and Becoming Human.
McEvoy will be joined by Kimberly Rae Connor, who holds a Ph.D. in religion and literature from the University of Virginia. Connor is the author of Conversions and Visions in the Writings of African American Women and Imagining Grace: Liberating Theologies in the Slave Narrative Tradition, as well as edited volumes and articles related to African American religious life, cultural production and multicultural and Ignatian pedagogy. Connor is the Secretary of the Board for the American Academy of Religion. She is a professor of ethics at the University of San Francisco where she directs a program for MBA students based on the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius.
Rounding out our panel will be independent journalist and activist Brett Wilkins, who also spoke at our previous two events. Wilkins, whose work focuses on issues of war and peace, human rights and social justice, is an Ethics In Tech board member.
And of course there will be comedy! This time we’re proud to present Arthur Gaus, a San Francisco-based attorney and stand-up comedian who’s a regular at legendary local comedy clubs Cobb’s and The Punchline. Over the past two decades Gaus has opened for comics including John Oliver, John Mulaney and Brian Regan, standing out for his distinctive delivery and witty content. Gaus is also the creator and co-host of the Maniac Bowl alt-comedy show in San Francisco.
We’re also very proud to present Alicia Dattner, who has been voted best comedian by readers of both the San Francisco Bay Guardian and SF Weekly. Dattner has won many other comedy awards and has performed with Maria Bamford, Ali Wong, Moshe Kasher, Arj Barker, Kate Willett, Ann Randolph, and many more luminaries.
This event will be hosted by Ethics In Tech founder and president Vahid Razavi, who recently published his second book, Ethics In Tech and Lack Thereof: Sleeping Under the Cell Tower, a memoir from his tenure as an Amazon project manager and a rumination on his life’s journey and the mission of Ethics In Tech. He has also organized numerous comedy events, including the successful NSA Comedy Tour and Ethics In Tech roast of Big Tech.
EIT’s last event, which showcased an all-women comic lineup headlined by Francesca Fiorentina and Chloe McGovern, drew around 200 attendees to San Francisco’s venerable Internet Archive. The event was covered by NHK World Japan.
Ethics In Tech: We Are All Ears will take place on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 from 6-9 PM at the Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples, located at 2041 Larkin Street in San Francisco. Tickets from $10.