Visual listening at #PDF16.
Personal Democracy Forum attendees milling in front of Jonny Goldstein's drawings.
Personal Democracy Forum celebrated its 13th year with talks, discussion, and community building among people working at the intersection of technology, politics, government, and civic life. PDF founders Andrew Rasiej and Micah Sifry kicked off the event by remembering the late Jake Brewer. Mary Katherine Ham, Jake Brewer’s wife, spoke about grieving for her late husband, and gave the talk he had intended to deliver from the same stage, drawing parallels between the founding of the United States and tech startups. It was a moving beginning to a powerful two days centered around the theme: The Tech We Need.
Marina Martin on debugging the bureaucracy from within the Department of Veteran’s Affairs; 18F’s Robin Carnahan on transformation in the (digital) laboratories of democracy.
The Omidyar Network’s Stacy Donahue on what civic tech can learn from social movements; Elizabeth Stewart introducing Civic Hall Labs; Open Referral’s Greg Bloom on building a safety net for the 21st century.
Kristen Soltis Anderson on why conservatives should rally behind data-driven government; Zach Exley on lessons learned during the Sanders campaign.
Mariana Ruiz Firmat on Kairos, a small experiment changing the face of digital organizing; Erin Vilardi on how peer-to-peer organizing is getting more women to run for office; Sam Dorman on the product team approach to loving your technology; Alia McKee on how to design with compassion, in two acts.
Sherry Turkle on the pretense of empathic machines; Yvette J. Alberdingk Thijm on the promise and perils of being a civic eyewitness; Mark Surman on preserving the free and open internet.
Nick Grossman on regulating with data: solving for transparency, accountability, privacy, and surveillance; danah boyd on the importance of coding with care.
Day Two: Perry Rosenstein on the purpose driven organizer; Andrew Konya on using AI to have a conversation with a crowd.
Amanda Rose on Timecounts: community mobilization for the modern organizer; Tracy Dennis-Tiwary on calming the politics of fear: technology and the anxious brain; Luna Malbroux on laughter, the most serious weapon.
Kate Crawford on the emergence of the terrorist credit score; Safiya Noble on challenging the algorithms of oppression.
Josh Klein on big Data and social control; Jason Mogus on how advocacy campaigns are won in the 21st century; Esra’a al-Shafei on tech and human rights in the Middle East, and the myth of imported solutions.
Wael Ghonim on how the attention economy is driving polarization, and what we can do about it; Alicia Garza on how Black power aims to transform democracy.
Kentaro Toyama on why politics must trump technology; Natalie Foster on a social contract for the 21st century.
Anand Kulkarni on why digital jobs can make for good work; Anil Dash on the importance of ethics and accountability in the tech industry.
Douglas Rushkoff summing everything up and explaining how we can reprogram the economy.