Your Job is Political: Tech Money in Politics

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Scheduled: Tuesday, June 23, 2015 from 2:30 – 3:15pm in B302/303

Excerpt

As much as the personal is political, the old-fashioned political still is too, and companies and individuals made rich by the tech industry and by open source software have been making increasingly direct monetary incursions into U.S. politics. Let's take a look at what policies & politicians our bosses, investors, users and contributors are buying at the local and state levels, with a specific focus on current changes in education policy and future moves in law enforcement.

Description

Working as a developer has never been “just about writing code.” A new generation of activists are doing amazing work questioning who is allowed & encouraged to work in tech and how power structures are established and maintained in our field. As much as the personal is political, the old-fashioned political still is too, and companies and individuals made rich by the tech industry and by open source software have been making increasingly direct monetary incursions into U.S. politics. Let’s take a look at what policies & politicians our bosses, investors, users and contributors are buying at the local and state levels, with a specific focus on current changes in education policy and future moves in law enforcement. The goal isn’t to shame anyone or make any calls to action but to deepen our understanding of what ways the money our labor generates for other people is going towards changing the political fabric of our everyday lives

Tags

politics, ed-tech, education, venture capital, economics, democracy, civic tech, policing, surveillance

Speaking experience

I've spoken on Scala and functional programming at conferences around the world; you can see slides and videos from those events here: http://lanyrd.com/profile/kelseygilmoreinnis/

I gave a shorter version of this talk at JSFest Oakland last year that was very well received and am thrilled to get the chance to expand upon it for a full-length slot.

Speaker

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    Kelsey Gilmore-Innis

    Sexual Health Innovations

    Biography

    Kelsey is the Director of Technology at Sexual Health Innovations, creating technology that advances sexual health and wellbeing in the United States. SHI is currently building Project Callisto to provide a more empowering, transparent, and confidential reporting experience for college sexual assault survivors. Kelsey co-founded the Lambda Ladies group for women in functional programming and speaks regularly around the world on technical topics. As part of the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, she led the development and deployment of the searchable Anti-Eviction Pledge site. Outside of SHI, Kelsey pursues the study of baseball, R&B, presidential trivia and other all-American pursuits.

    Sessions

      • Title: Your Job is Political: Tech Money in Politics
      • Track: Business
      • Room: B302/303
      • Time: 2:303:15pm
      • Excerpt:

        As much as the personal is political, the old-fashioned political still is too, and companies and individuals made rich by the tech industry and by open source software have been making increasingly direct monetary incursions into U.S. politics. Let’s take a look at what policies & politicians our bosses, investors, users and contributors are buying at the local and state levels, with a specific focus on current changes in education policy and future moves in law enforcement.

      • Speakers: Kelsey Gilmore-Innis