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Skeptech

Skeptech is a new event and community exploring digital technology and its effects on our day-to-day lives - not in Luddite opposition to tech, but rather raising awareness about the challenges raised by digital technology today. Online apps and services can be addictive, they can threaten privacy, and they often manipulate users without their knowledge or consent.

Skeptech will spotlight people who tell the truth about tech, and projects that are making tech better for people.

Founded by Mark Hurst.

Watch the livestream on May 24 - stream starts at 7pm New York time (4pm Pacific) on Wednesday, May 24, 2017.

Read the post that launched Skeptech.

Tickets are sold out for our May 24 event. If you did get tickets, the venue is WFMU’s Montgomery Hall, 43 Montgomery Street, Jersey City, NJ (see map). (Directions from Manhattan: go to the Oculus, at the World Trade Center/Park Place subway, take the PATH train one stop to Exchange Place, then walk two blocks to 43 Montgomery, next door to Milano’s Deli.)

Since this event is a benefit for WFMU, 100% of ticket sales will go to WFMU to benefit the station and its free-form programming. To donate to WFMU, go to the livestream page and click “Pledge Now,” conveniently located next to the dog and cow logo.

Speakers on May 24:

  • DOUGLAS RUSHKOFF, writer, documentarian, and lecturer whose work focuses on human autonomy in a digital age. He’s the author of 15 bestselling books on media, technology, and society - most recently, Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus - and is the creator and host of the Team Human podcast. Rushkoff is Professor of Media Theory and Digital Economics at CUNY/Queens and technology and media commentator for CNN. Online: @rushkoff

  • NATASHA DOW SCH√úLL is a cultural anthropologist and associate professor in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University. Her book Addiction by Design: Machine Gambling in Las Vegas draws on research among compulsive gamblers and the designers of slot machines to explore the relationship between technology design and the experience of addiction. Her next book, Keeping Track (expected late 2018), concerns the rise of digital self-tracking technologies. Online: natashadowschull.org

  • VICKI BOYKIS is a data scientist examining the intersection of technology and the humanities, particularly with regards to data privacy and content creation. She writes on the impact of data and technology on the human condition and has been published in Offscreen Magazine, the Forward, and Lilith. She’s also currently working on Ironed Curtains, a project chronicling the experience of former Soviet immigrants in the United States. Online: @vboykis and vickiboykis.com

  • KEN FREEDMAN is the Station Manager of WFMU, the longest running and most renowned freeform radio station in the United States. Freedman also developed WFMU’s internet presence: WFMU was the first radio station to offer full on-demand listening, podcasts, and a working iPhone stream. He recently founded Congera PBC which is developing the Audience Engine, an open source platform for small and medium sized broadcasters and journalists. Online: @stationmgrken and @wfmu

  • LIZ BERG is the Assistant General Manager at WFMU. In addition to hosting a weekly radio show and podcast, Liz oversees the station’s operations, web development projects, and more. Alongside WFMU Station Manager Ken Freedman, Liz has recently been hard at work as a Product Manager for Audience Engine, a suite of open-source software tools to help media makers build community and crowdfund online. Online: @wfmu

  • MARK HURST (founder and host of Skeptech) has spent his career consulting, writing, and speaking about how to create digital tech that benefits users. Hurst is the founder and host of the Gel conference, which featured the first stage presentations of Khan Academy and Wikipedia, and is the creator of the Good Todo mobile productivity platform. His books Bit Literacy and Customers Included introduced the world to the empty inbox method (now known as Inbox Zero), and made the case for companies to treat customers better. @markhurstMark Hurst bio

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