Tech & Racial Equity Conference: Anti-Racist Technologies for a Just Future


2021 Tech and Racial Equity Conference: Anti-Racist Technologies for a Just Future

About this Event

Rapidly developing technologies can be an unprecedented force for good, but too often codify and amplify existing forms of racial inequality, discrimination, and bias. This free, online conference brings together researchers, policymakers, technologists, and advocates to address technology’s new threats to racial equity and new tools for a more just future.

The conference is sponsored by the Stanford Center for Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity (CCSRE), Digital Civil Society Lab (DCSL) at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, and Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI).


(all times in PDT)

Wednesday, May 19

10:00 am: Welcome

Lucy Bernholz: Director, Stanford Digital Civil Society Lab (DCSL)

Jennifer DeVere Brody: Faculty Director, Center for Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity (CCSRE)

10:10-11:40 am: A People-centric Smart City for Racial Justice Renata Ávila: International human rights lawyer, co-founder A+ Alliance, and CCSRE/DCSL/HAI Practitioner Fellow.

Francesca Bria: President, Italian National Innovation Fund, and former CTO, City of Barcelona

Tawana Petty: National organizing director at Data for Black Lives, convening member of the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition (DDJC), and CCSRE/DCSL Practitioner Fellow.

Elizabeth Adams: Technology integrator, member of the IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems, and CCSRE/DCSL/HAI Practitioner Fellow.

12:00-12:50 pm: Chains that Enslave: Blockchain, Digital ID, and Racism

Bill Maurer: Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Professor of anthropology; criminology, law and society; and law at the University of California, Irvine

Zara Rahman: Deputy Director at The Engine Room, and CCSRE/DCSL fellow

Elizabeth Renieris: Human Rights Fellow, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and CCSRE/DCSL Practitioner Fellow

Kortney Ziegler: Entrepreneur, founder of Apolition and Green Kandle Academy, and CCSRE/DCSL Practitioner Fellow.

1:00 pm-1:50 pm: Digital Emancipation in Latin America

Renata Ávila: International human rights lawyer, co-founder A+ Alliance, and CCSRE/DCSL/HAI Practitioner Fellow.

Peter Bloom: General Coordinator and founder of Rhizomatica

Nina Da Hora: Computer Scientist and educator (Brazil)

Andrea Ixchiu Hernández: Indigenous Leader and activist at (Mayan, Guatemala)

Juan Ortiz: Researcher at JustLabs and Affiliate at Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard

Thursday, May 20

10:00-11:20 am: Digital Food Value Chains and Worker Equity

Samir Doshi: Food and Land Sovereignty organizer, former Senior Scientist and Deputy Division Chief for USAID's Global Development Lab, and CCSRE/DCSL/HAI Practitioner Fellow

Erik Nicholson: Founding Partner of Pandion Strategies, former National Vice President for United Farm Workers

David Selassie Opoku: Farmer and technologist from Ghana working at the intersection of food systems, technology, and education, co-founder and director of technology at Growing Gold Farms, and CCSRE/DCSL Practitioner Fellow.

11:30 am-12:30 pm: Police Technology and Abolitionist Movements

J. Khadijah Abdurahman: Director of We Be Imagining, Columbia University’s The American Assembly

Jamie Garcia: Registered Nurse and Organizer, Stop LAPD Spying Coalition

Sucheta Ghoshal: Assistant Professor of Human Centered Design & Engineering, University of Washington

Shakeer Rahman: Lawyer and community organizer with the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition and CCSRE/DCSL Practitioner Fellow

4:00-5:30 pm: Ruha Benjamin | 16th Annual Anne & Loren Kieve Distinguished Lecture

Ruha Benjamin: Professor of African American studies at Princeton University, founding director of the Ida B. Wells Just Data Lab and author of People’s Science and Race After Technology.

Michele Elam: William Robertson Coe Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University, associate director of Stanford HAI, CCSRE Faculty Affiliate

*Schedule and speakers subject to change


Stanford HAI



Date & Time

May 19, 2021, 10 a.m. - May 20, 2021, 5:30 p.m.



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