Ignominious Anniversary: Remembering Hiroshima, Imagining a World Without Autonomous Killer Robots, Nuclear Weapons and Blanket Surveillance

Remembering Hiroshima and Imagining a World Without Autonomous Killer Robots, Nuclear Weapons and Blanket Surveillance

Ethics In Technology, in partnership with Mines Action Canada, and The Campaign to Ban Killer Robots brings another night of thought-provoking presentations and comedy. 

Ethics in Tech was founded in 2013 by Vahid Razavi, technology entrepreneur and lifelong human rights and peace activist.  The group advocates for corporate social responsibility from big technology companies and for a world where technology serves humanity and the planet, rather than the other way around. 

Join Ethics In Tech for an evening of activism, education, and humor to inspire social change. Tickets available on Eventbrite

Please join us on August 6th, 2020, the 75th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima. 

“Nuclear and surveillance technologies are the demise of humanity. Just saying never again is never enough. We have to fight against the powers at  be for surveillance, autonomous weapons and nuclear weapon systems and prevent them from being built, kept in our arsenals, or used by our military and intelligence systems towards any population.” Vahid Razavi, Founder of Ethics In Technology.

“Technologies can turbo-charge the worst of human influence, but also protect us from them. Human rights require that we constantly navigate this truth — developing and promoting unbroken encryption, accountability, and censorship resistance tools while at the same time opposing mass surveillance, face recognition, and the uncontrolled development of autonomous weapons. The Black Lives Matter protest movement, the Hong Kong protests, and similar protests for justice worldwide come as the surveillance state, and the tools of mass oppression, are sadly, already well-established in the U.S. and abroad. What steps should we take to protect ourselves and regain control as we push for a better future? What laws and policies must we dismantle and remake to ensure that, going forward, our technology serves us?” Cindy Cohn, Executive Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation 

“The 75th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima offers us a chance for reflection on how technology has been used in the past and what each of us can do to ensure that future technological advancement benefits us all. Right now, we have the opportunity to prevent the development and use of autonomous weapons or killer robots but we must learn from the past, listen to science and remember our humanity.” Erin Hunt, Program Manager,  Mines Action Canada.

“As Black lives matter protesters are hunted in the streets by militarized police, we must remember how the violence and the weaponry of US foreign wars always come home to roost. It’s high time to move money away from militarism and toward investments that create real security: jobs, housing, education and healthcare.” Francesca Fiorentini, Journalist and host of the podcast The Bitchuation Room. 

Here’s the lineup of presenters for the event: 

Cindy Cohn – Executive Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)

Cindy Cohn is the Executive Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. From 2000-2015 she served as EFF’s Legal Director as well as its General Counsel.  In 2018, Forbes included Ms. Cohn as one of America’s Top 50 Women in Tech. The National Law Journal named Ms. Cohn one of 100 most influential lawyers in America in 2013, noting: “[I]f Big Brother is watching, he better look out for Cindy Cohn.” She was also named in 2006 for “rushing to the barricades wherever freedom and civil liberties are at stake online.”  

Erin Hunt – Program Manager at Mines Action Canada. 

Erin has been doing public education on the Ottawa Treaty banning landmines since 2003 and working in humanitarian disarmament in various capacities since 2006. Erin was a member of the civil society negotiating team during the 2017 process to negotiate the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons with the Nobel Peace Laureate International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.   

Prior to joining Mines Action Canada, Erin worked on victim assistance programs for landmine survivors in Uganda, implemented sport-based peacebuilding programs for youth in a post-conflict setting and worked in child welfare.  

Rev. Dr. Dorsey Odell Blake – Faculty Associate, Leadership and Social Transformation, Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples 

Rev Blake was officially installed as Presiding Minister of The Church for The Fellowship of All Peoples in October, 1994. He currently serves as Faculty Associate, Leadership and Social Transformation at Pacific School of Religion. 

Brett Wilkins – Ethics In Tech Board Member

 A longtime social justice advocate and freelance journalist, Brett joined Ethics in Tech in 2014. In addition, Brett is the founder of Moral Low Ground and is also editor-at-large for US news at Digital Journal.

Janet Weil – Current Advisor To Ethics In Technology

 Janet is a longtime peace and environmental activist. After a career teaching English to immigrants, Janet served on CodePink’s national staff for several years. She helped organize the first CodePink action against killer drones at Creech Air Force Base in 2009, and has participated in 5 “Creech Shutdowns” from 2009 – 2015. 

In 2011, she co-founded the SF 99% Coalition. In summer 2013, Janet was a lead organizer of a well-attended workshop using revelations exposed by Edward Snowden and published on Wikileaks. 

Vahid Razavi – Founder, Ethics In Technology 

 A technology veteran of Silicon Valley. Author of two books The Age of Nepotism and Ethics In Tech and Lack Thereof.  An expert in the subject of Iran and US politics as it relates to censorship and surveillance. As a lifelong activist and humanitarian, he has published hundreds of articles and videos on various social issues including regional politics, poverty, war and social injustice.  

Debi Durst – Comedian and Ethics in Tech Advisor 

Forged in the crucible of improvisational theater at a young age, Debi has performed with every improv group known to humanity in the Bay Area. And she is the official emcee of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s Annual Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest and her heart pumps orange and black for her San Francisco Giants. 

Comedian – Greg Proops

Greg Proops is a stand-up comic from San Francisco. He lives in Hollywood. It’s not that bad. Really. The Proopdog is best known for his unpredictable appearances on Whose Line is it Anyway? Both the US and UK. In its 7th season on the CW. Greg is recurring as the art teacher Mr. Granger on ABC’s Sitcom Schooled. Greg gives voice to Garma and Pod Race Announcer Jak Sirvak on the Disney Channel‘s Star Wars Animated Series Star Wars Resistance. 

Stand-up Greg has a new Political Comedy album out called The Resistance. Recorded live in his beloved San Francisco. Available on iTunes and from aspecialthing records.

Journalist and Comedian – Francesca Fiorentini 

Francesca is a correspondent, comedian and A-list internet celebrity. She was behind viral hits like “The Real Deal With the US Mexico Border” and “White Fragility in the Workplace”, and was host of 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.  

Comedian – Alvin Adrian Lee  

Alvin Adrian Lee is an actor and producer, known for Frames of Mind (2013), Coffee Break (2012) and A Night Like Tonight (2012).If you would like more information about Ethics in Tech or would like to interview any of the founders, please contact Cristina Deptula at cedeptula@sbcglobal.net or 510-589-8252


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