My name is David Ryan Polgar. Scrolling through the long list of people, I see a bunch of familiar names and excited to be part of the community. I run an organization called All Tech Is Human that is based in NYC. We held an ethical tech summit last October, and have upcoming gatherings in Seattle (May 18), San Fran (Sept 21), and NYC (Nov 9). The aim to unite a broad and inclusive group of technologists, advocates, artists, academics, students, org leaders, and other interested parties to tackle the thorniest issues facing tech (attention economy, algorithmic bias, inclusive design, wellbeing).
I’ve been in the tech ethics space since about 2012 (background as an attorney + college prof), so it has been thrilling to see such a dramatic shift in thinking. I have experience that crossing into academia, industry, orgs, media, and general “thought leadership,” so I have a pretty broad 360 perspective. Over the years I have worked with the Center for Internet and Technology Addiction (with Dr. David Greenfield, who pioneered the field in the 90s), founded a conference called the Digital Citizenship Summit (held at Twitter HQ a few days before the US election & talking about media literacy…), writing, speaking, consulting. I am a board member for the CA non-profit #ICANHELP, which empowers teens to delete negativity online, along with a few other groups focused on social media and mental wellbeing.
Outside of All Tech Is Human, a podcast/live show I do called Funny as Tech (where we deal with tech ethics…inside a comedy theater), and consulting/speaking, I am always looking to connect and collaborate. Please reach out!