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Big Tech, Big Troubles, and Big Laughs comedy night

June 18 @ 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm PDT

The World Post Pandemic: How surveillance and weapon systems, used unwisely, can harm humanity!

Mark Twain once wrote “against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.” Ethics In Technology is planning to put Mark Twain’s statement to the test about the military-industrial complex and the surveillance state. Join us for a night of thought-provoking presentations followed by some wonderful comedy.

The show is hosted by nonprofit organization Ethics in Technology, a nonprofit watchdog group advocating for a world where big tech firms and technology work to serve humanity and the planet, rather than the other way around. We focus on raising awareness of how technology intersects with issues surrounding income equality and economic opportunities for regular people, warfare and weapons technology and human rights, workers’ rights, civil liberties and privacy, equality and discrimination, and the ethics of emerging AI technology. More information on Ethics in Technology here: ethicsintech.com

When: June 18th, 2020

Time: 6:30 to 8:15 PST.

Cost: Free but donations greatly appreciated.

Location Online. Register to receive a link before the event.

Speakers:

Mary Wareham

Advocacy Director, Arms Division Human Rights Watch

Global Coordinator for Campaign to Stop Killer Robots

Wareham was senior advocate for the Arms Division of Human Rights Watch from 1998 to 2006 and was responsible for global coordination of the Landmine Monitor research initiative, which verifies compliance and implementation of the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty. From 1996 to 1997, Wareham worked for the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation, assisting Jody Williams in coordinating the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), co-laureate of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize together with Williams.

Brett Wilkins

Board Member of Ethics In Technology

A longtime social justice advocate and freelance journalist.

Adam Schwartz

Senior Staff Attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Adam Schwartz joined EFF as a Senior Staff Attorney in 2015. He advocates before courts and legislatures against surveillance and censorship. He has represented travelers subjected to warrantless smartphone searches by border officers, dissidents seeking to speak in government social media, and customers of phone companies that unlawfully sold location data. He has filed amicus briefs addressing the right to record on-duty police, perpetual location-tracking of court-involved people, face surveillance by corporations of consumers, and overbroad laws against so-called “cyber stalking.”

REV. Dr. Dorsey Blake

Ethics In Tech Advisor

Rev. Dr. Dorsey Odell Blake, Faculty Associate, Leadership and Social Transformation, was officially installed as Presiding Minister of The Church for The Fellowship of All Peoples

Host:

Vahid Razavi

Founder of Ethics In Technology. 

Technology Executive of Silicon Valley formerly with Amazon Web Services. Author of two books: The Age of Nepotism and Ethics in Tech and Lack Thereof. Founder of EthicsinTech.com Bio at https://VahidRazavi.com

Comedians:

Debi Durst 

Advisor to Ethics In Technology and 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, beginning with The Committee, Spaghetti Jam, Femprov, The Comedy Underground, The National Theater of the Deranged, Papaya Juice, The Dinosaurs of Improv, The Marsh Jam and currently The Bad Aunties.

Michael Bossier and Mari Magaloni

Michael Bossier and Mari Magaloni fresh from the 2019 Will Durst Presents The Big Fat Kiss Off Comedy Show XXVII present for your edification The Mike and Mari Show.

Nato Green

Nato Green is the country’s only semi-functional hybrid of comedian and union organizer. He has two comedy albums: The Whiteness Album and the Nato Green Party both on Blonde Medicine Records. He appeared in the film “Sorry to Bother You” and wrote for “Totally Biased” with W. Kamau Bell.

Johnny Steele

East bay native Johnny Steele is a humorist, comedy writer, voice actor, broadcaster, and keynote speaker. For three decades Johnny has performed comedy across the US, Canada, overseas, and on dozens of nationally broadcast programs on channels ranging from MTV to A&E to Comedy Central and PBS. Johnny is also a winner of the prestigious San Francisco International Comedy Competition.

Venue

Online

Organizer

Ethics in Technology
Website:
https://ethicsintech.com/