A new hope for tech activism


February 13, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Eli's Mile High Club
Date And Time Wed
February 13, 2019 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM PST Add to Calendar Location Eli's Mile High Club 3629 Martin Luther King Junior Way Oakland
CA 94609

Over the past couple of years, we’ve seen a huge upsurge in activism within the technology community. From the walkouts at Google to labor organizing at Amazon, tech workers are starting to see a connection between their work and social issues. Engineer, activist, and entrepreneur Leigh Honeywell has been at the forefront of tech activism for many years. We’ll be talking to her about the new tech activism, and the politics of a life lived online.

Honeywell founded two hackerspaces (HackLabTO in Toronto, and the Seattle Attic Community Workshop in Seattle), created the widely-circulated Never Again pledge, and now heads her own company, Tall Poppy, where she helps companies protect their employees from online harassment. The thread that runs throughout her work is using technology to create more privacy and safety for people online. She’ll discuss the growing resistance to the practices of corporations that profile users, or sell their data, and the rise of services that protect people from digital harassment.

Honeywell was previously a Technology Fellow at the ACLU’s Project on Speech, Privacy, and Technology, and also worked at SlackSalesforceMicrosoft, and Symantec. Leigh has a Bachelors of Science from the University of Toronto where she majored in Computer Science and Equity Studies.

She’ll be in conversation with Ars Technica contributors Annalee Newitz and Cyrus Farivar.

Ars Technica Live takes place on the second Wednesday of every month at Eli’s Mile High Club in Oakland (3629 MLK Way—they have the best tater tots you’ve ever eaten).

Doors open at 7pm, and the live filming is from 7:30pm to 8:20-ish (be sure to get there early if you want a seat). Stick around afterward for informal discussion, beer, and snacks. Can’t make it out to Oakland? Never fear! Episodes will be posted to Ars Technica two weeks after the live events.


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