As our industry faces its biggest reckoning ever with the social, ethical and cultural impacts of technology, what can we learn if we reflect on the assumptions we build into our systems? How could our processes and tools be designed to undo the biggest bugs and biases of today’s tech?
Anil Dash is CEO of Fog Creek Software, the creators of Glitch, the friendly community that helps everyone make the app of their dreams. An entrepreneur and activist, Anil is known as one of the most prominent advocates for a more inclusive and ethical technology industry. Previously, he was an advisor to the Obama White House’s Office of Digital Strategy and a monthly columnist for Wired. Today, he is a board member for Stack Overflow, the Data & Society Research Institute, and the Lower East Side Girls Club and an advisor to startups like Medium and nonprofits like Donors Choose. The New Yorker described him as a “blogging pioneer” for his Webby-recognized personal website, which began in 1999, and for his seminal work in helping create some of the first blogging and social media publishing tools. As a public speaker, Anil has taken the stage at events ranging from the Obama Foundation Summit to the Aspen Ideas Festival to SXSW. He has been a guest on media and podcasts ranging from Vice’s Desus and Mero to Krista Tippet’s On Being, collaborated with Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, and created one of the most popular Spotify playlists of 2018. Time named @anildash one of the best accounts on Twitter, and it’s the only account ever retweeted by Bill Gates and Prince, a succinct encapsulation of Anil’s interests.
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