I’m trying to start doing better a job of documenting tech-related things I do.
One aspect I’ve been really bad about is posting slides online after I’ve given a talk.
This is a start!
I gave this talk on Monday, May 21st at Deconstructconf in Seattle. This was my first large conference talk. It is a political talk that attempts to keep my radical views on the interrelationships between computing, climate change, and capitalism grounded in the ordinary human relationships we all engage in with each other every day – both the positive and the negative.
I gave the presentation without notes, so for now I have nothing more to share than the slides themselves. I will post a link here to the recording of the talk once it becomes available online, to give a fuller sense of the message I convey. For now, I hope the slides – particularly the list of references at the end – may be of use to some people.
I created these slides using Apple’s Keynote software, and used its built-in export feature to save them as HTML to post them on the web. I’ll refrain from detailing things I dislike about the generated output, and just say I apologize in advance for any inaccessibility that I suspect this process may have caused. Please contact me if you have any issue accessing any information contained within the presentation, and I will see what I can do to help address the issue.
I gave this talk during the Recurse Center’s Never Graduate Week on May 9th, 2017.
This presentation is really more of a historical and political discussion of policing in general, although the name is not a complete lie. My primary motivation was to carve out room for a discussion of police and prison abolition in a tech space, taking racist machine learning models as a highly relevant contemporary example to motivate folks to think about our social and political obligations as technologists.
It won’t give the same sense you would have gotten from also hearing me say the words to go along with it, but I think it is reasonably coherent even without that! If nothing else, it has a lot of links to interesting documents and resources. (There are no actual written speaker notes.)