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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Illuminating Data’s Dark Side

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Session Description

Big data, algorithms, and blockchain have begun to shape our daily lives: from how we get our news, to what we buy, to our likelihood of getting arrested. These invisible forces personalize our experiences and create conveniences. But as this data crunching and mining wield greater power in our lives, we must consider who designs these tools, who benefits from them, and who is left out of the equation altogether. Meet the leaders asking these questions and finding answers in the power of data for the greater good.

When | Where

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM Wednesday, April 11 Pyramid Room (TBEC)


Lightning Talks

Session leaders

  • Doug Galen Speaker
    Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, Stanford Graduate School of Business; CEO, RippleWorks
    Doug Galen is the Co-Founder and CEO of RippleWorks, which is a private Foundation that pairs world-class business and technology experts with rapidly growing social ventures around the world. Beyond advising or mentorship, the RippleWorks program is real problem solving: volunteer experts work with innovative, rapidly growing social ventures to jointly solve an immediate and critical scaling challenge. RippleWorks currently has live projects through East Africa, Indonesia, India and the United States. In addition to RippleWorks, Doug teaches Startup Garage at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Doug sits on the non-profit Boards of Heifer International and Positive Coaching Alliance as well as advises early stage companies. Prior to RippleWorks, Doug served as Chief Revenue Officer at Shopkick, a mobile app startup backed by Kleiner Perkins and Greylock, SVP of business and corporate development at Shutterfly where he helped grow revenue from $50 million to $500 million and a successful IPO, VP and GM of new ventures for eBay where he helped create eight new business units with revenues of $500 million and was employee #3 and Vice President of Sales and Business Development for E-LOAN which had a successful IPO. Doug loves spending time watching his daughter in theatre productions, playing dominoes with his wife (and usually losing), and finding new adventures riding his bike anywhere he can.
  • Brett Gaylor Speaker
    Commissioning Editor, Mozilla Foundation
    Brett Gaylor is a documentary filmmaker and the Commissioning Editor for Advocacy Media at the Mozilla Foundation. His most recent project, Do Not Track, is a co-production of Upian, the National Film Board of Canada, Arte France and Bayerischer Rundfunk, in association with Radio-Canada, Radio Télévision Suisse and Al Jazeera’s AJ+ network. It is the recipient of the International Documentary Association award for best nonfiction series, the Prix Gemaux for Best Interactive Series, the International Association of Broadcasters Online Factual Prize, the Deutscher Prize for online communications, and the 2016 Peabody award. His 2008 feature documentary Rip! A Remix Manifesto is an official honoree of the Webby Awards, was the recipient of Audience Choice prizes at festivals from Amsterdam to South Africa, was broadcast in 20 countries, and seen by millions of people worldwide.
  • Emily Courey Pryor Moderator
    Executive Director, Data2X
    Emily Courey Pryor is founding Executive Director of Data2X. Hosted at the UN Foundation, Data2X works to accelerate the production and use of gender data to advance gender equality. Emily built and led the UN Foundation’s program on Women’s Economic Empowerment, and served as Senior Advisor to the Girl Up campaign. Emily previously worked for Gilead Sciences, and for the American Red Cross Headquarters. She received her MPH from the University of Michigan and BA from the University of Florida. Passionate about the private sector's potential to address climate change, Emily is also a renewable energy investor.
  • Mbwana Alliy Speaker
    Founder and Managing Partner, Savannah Fund
    Mbwana Alliy is the founder and managing partner at Savannah Fund, an Africa focused Technology Venture Capital fund that runs both an accelerator and seedinvestments in e-commerce, gaming, education technology and social networking. He is passionate about product development and launching new ventures in technology. He is an experienced Product Manager within consumer web, enterprise Software & SaaS. He is originally from Tanzania and has lived and worked in 3 continents (USA, Europe and Africa). He has a Bachelor's Engineering degree from Bristol University and an MBA from Stanford Graduate school of Business. As of 2017, he has overseen 26 investments in Africa in 6 countries (Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, Zimbabwe Nigeria and Ghana). These companies, most less than 2 years old have generated over 200 full time jobs and raised over $50 Million in venture financing. Savannah Fund is headquartered in Mauritius with Offices in Tanzania and Kenya and satellite offices in Silicon Valley, Hong Kong, Cape Town, Kigali and Lagos.
  • Megan Price Speaker
    Executive Director, Human Rights Data Analysis Group
    As the Executive Director of the Human Rights Data Analysis Group, Megan Price designs strategies and methods for statistical analysis of human rights data for projects in a variety of locations including Guatemala, Colombia, and Syria. Her work in Guatemala includes serving as the lead statistician on a project in which she analyzes documents from the National Police Archive; she has also contributed analyses submitted as evidence in two court cases in Guatemala. Her work in Syria includes serving as the lead statistician and author on three reports, commissioned by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner of Human Rights, on documented deaths in that country. Megan is a member of the Technical Advisory Board for the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court, on the Board of Directors for Tor, and a Research Fellow at the Carnegie Mellon University Center for Human Rights Science. She is the Human Rights Editor for the Statistical Journal of the International Association for Official Statistics and on the editorial board of Significance Magazine. She earned her doctorate in biostatistics and a Certificate in Human Rights from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. She also holds a master of science degree and bachelor of science degree in Statistics from Case Western Reserve University.
  • Associate Professor and Director, UC Digital Cultures Lab, University of California, Los Angeles
    Ramesh Srinivasan studies the connections between new technologies, politics, and societies across our world. He has been a faculty member at UCLA since 2005 in the Information Studies and Design|Media Arts departments. He is the founder of the UC-wide Digital Cultures Lab, exploring the meaning of technology worldwide as it spreads to the far reaches of our world. He is also the author of the books: “Whose Global Village? Rethinking How Technology Impacts Our World” with NYU Press, and “After the Internet” (with Adam Fish) on Polity Press released in December of 2017. He is currently working on a third journalistic book discussing flashpoints of global innovation in relation to new technology, pushing us to consider realities and visions outside of our mainstream conversations about 'big tech'. Srinivasan earned his Ph.D. in design studies at Harvard; his master’s degree in media arts and science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering at Stanford. He has served fellowships in MIT’s Media Laboratory in Cambridge and the MIT Media Lab Asia. He has also been a teaching fellow at the Graduate School of Design and Department of Visual and Environmental Design at Harvard. Srinivasan is a regular speaker for TEDx Talks, and makes media appearances on MSNBC, NPR, Al Jazeera, “The Young Turks,” National Geographic, and Public Radio International. His writings have been widely published by Al Jazeera English, CNN, Wired, The Washington Post, Forbes, and The Huffington Post.