I am excited to announce that I will be launching the Devices Divide podcast in the very near future! I will be interviewing professionals in the tech and media worlds along with parents and teenagers of the current iGen.
Here is a preview of some exciting upcoming interviews:
Tristan Harris, who has been called the “closest thing Silicon Valley has to a conscience,” by The Atlantic magazine, Tristan Harris spent three years as a Google Design Ethicist developing a framework for how technology should “ethically” steer the thoughts and actions of billions of people from screens. Tristan founded Center for Humane Technology and inspired the associated “Time Well Spent” movement. In 2018, Mark Zuckerberg embraced time well spent, a phrase coined by Harris, as a design goal for Facebook.
Ethan Zuckerman, Director of the Center for Civic Media at MIT, and an Associate Professor of the Practice at the MIT Media Lab. His research focuses on the use of media as a tool for social change, the role of technology in international development, and the use of new media technologies by activists. He is the author of Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection.
Jerry Mander, American activist and author, best known for his 1977 book, Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television. Mander served as the executive director of the International Forum on Globalization, which he founded in 1994, until 2009 and continues on its staff as a Distinguished Fellow. He is also the program director for Megatechnology and Globalization at the Foundation for Deep Ecology. In 1971 he founded the first non-profit advertising agency in the United States, Public Interest Communications.
Vijay Thakkar, Senior Software Engineer at Riot Games. He was previously a member of the founding team for Robot Entertainment and helped to establish and lead the engineering team. Vijay was responsible for leading a prototype team, making engine choices and creating integrations, architecting the codebase for rapid prototyping and building out new features.
Nilmini Rubin, Tetra Tech’s Vice President for International Development, Nilmini develops projects to promote energy and internet access around the world. Previously, she served as Senior Advisor at the U.S House Committee on Foreign Affairs where she wrote legislation such as the Digital GAP Act to promote internet access in developing countries and the Electrify Africa law to direct U.S. support for power in Africa. Earlier, she worked as the Director of Government Relations at the Information Technology Industry Council where she led advocacy on cybersecurity policy.
Esther Wojcicki is an American journalist, educator, and vice chair of the Creative Commons advisory council. Wojcicki has studied education and technology. She is the Founder of the Palo Alto High School Media Arts Center in Palo Alto, CA. There she began the journalism program which has grown to become one of the largest in America. She has worked as a professional journalist for multiple publications and blogs regularly for The Huffington Post.
Stay tuned! I will send out another announcement in a few months when I am about to release the first episode.