Featured Speakers and Participants (more coming soon)
Rasalyn Bowden is former Content Review Training Supervisor for MySpace, based in Los Angeles. In this role, she was responsible for developing moderation policies, as well as training, supervising and supporting content moderators at MySpace, one of the earliest breakout platforms in social media. Her insights and experiences from the field carry resonance today and portend the very challenges platforms continue to tackle.
Catherine Buni is an independent journalist focusing on health, technology, and gender. Her articles and essays have appeared in the theAtlantic.com, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The New York Times, Orion, The Verge, and others. Her award-winning reporting on harmful speech and content moderation is backed by The Nation Institute’s Investigative Fund.
Soraya Chemaly is the Director of the Women’s Media Center Speech Project and organizer of the Safety and Free Speech Coalition, both of which are involved in curbing online abuse, improving inclusivity in media and tech, and expanding freedom of expression. She writes and speaks regularly about gender, media, tech, education, women’s rights, sexual violence and free speech. Her award winning work appears in TIME, The Nation, The Atlantic, Salon, The Verge and other media.
David Kaye is a professor of law at the University of California, Irvine, and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression. Appointed by the UN Human Rights Council in June 2014, his rapporteurship has addressed, among other topics, encryption and anonymity as promoters of freedom of expression, the protection of whistleblowers and journalistic sources, and the roles and responsibilities of private Internet companies. Early in his career he was a lawyer in the U.S. State Department, handling issues such as the applicability of the Geneva Conventions in the wake of the attacks of September 11, 2001. His academic research and writing have focused on accountability for serious human rights abuses, international humanitarian law, and the international law governing use of force. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and former member of the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law, he has also published essays in such publications as Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, Foreign Policy, JustSecurity and The Los Angeles Times.
Rochelle LaPlante has been a worker on Amazon’s Mechanical Turk digital labor platform since 2007 and is a cofounder and administrator for MTurkCrowd.com, a collaborative forum for online digital workers. Rochelle’s interests cover the worker experience of content moderation and working as an advocate for digital workers’ rights, including fair pay and treatment. She has spoken at conferences, appeared on podcasts, and collaborated with academic researchers studying crowd work and online content moderation.
Safiya Noble, Ph.D., joins the faculty of the University of Southern California (USC) Annenberg School of Communication in Fall 2017. Previously she was an assistant professor at UCLA and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Noble’s academic research focuses on the design of digital media platforms on the internet and their impact on society, marking the ways that digital media impacts and intersects with issues of race, gender, culture, and technology design. Her monograph on racist and sexist algorithmic bias in commercial search engines is entitled Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism (forthcoming, NYU Press). She is a partner in Stratelligence, a firm that specializes in research on information and data science challenges, and is a co-founder of the Information Ethics & Equity Institute.
Sarah T. Roberts, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education & Information Studies. She holds a Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to joining UCLA, she was an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at Western University in London, Ontario. She was previously an information technology professional for 15 years, and, as such, her research interests focus on information work and workers. Since 2010 she has studied a phenomenon called “Commercial Content Moderation,” a term she coined, and is frequently consulted by the press and others on issues related to social media, society and culture. Roberts has been on the Internet long enough to remember when it was text-based, and was convinced in the early 90s that the WWW would “never take off.” Her monograph on CCM work and workers is forthcoming.
Rebecca Roe is with the firm Schroeter Goldmark & Bender in Seattle. She served as a Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in the King County Attorney’s Office from 1977 to 1994. In 1994 she joined the law firm of Schroeter Goldmark & Bender where she has devoted a significant portion of her practice to employment law, primarily discrimination and wage and hour work. She has presented to a variety of audiences on innumerable occasions, and most recently was a trainer of prosecutors of the International Criminal Court at The Hague. Ms. Roe served as the 2010 President of the National Crime Victims Bar Association and has been an Advisory Board Member since 2004. Ms. Roe served as the 2012-2013 President of the Washington State Association for Justice and has been a member of their Board of Governors since 2002. She is a member of the Washington Pattern Jury Instruction Committee. In July 2006, Governor Christine Gregoire presented her the National Crime Victim Bar Association Lifetime Achievement Award. Ms. Roe was named Outstanding Lawyer of the Year by the Washington State Trial Lawyers in July 2008.
Olivia Solon is a San Francisco-based journalist who focuses on technology and digital culture. Currently a Senior Reporter at the Guardian, she has previously held senior editorial roles at Wired UK, The Mirror and Bloomberg Business Europe.
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