Abstract: Beyond the buildings, lakes, homes, and businesses in Minneapolis, are people. People who are impacted by technology used by government. Civic Tech enhances the relationship between people, their community and government by giving a voice in public decision-making processes. Without public oversight of A.I. enabled technologies, communities face over policing, loss of data privacy protections and the consequences of human bias directing technology use to govern society. Diverse perspectives should be included in Civic Tech solutions to ensure proper representation and consideration for communities of color and vulnerable populations, those most negatively impacted. This conversation will include the process and path taken throughout my Race & Tech Fellowship toward the adoption of public oversight of surveillance tech ordinances with the city of Minneapolis.
Biography: Elizabeth Adams oversees initiatives focused on Global Digital Inclusion, AI Ethics and Cyber Security. She passionately teaches, advises, consults, and speaks on the critical subjects within Diversity & Inclusion in Artificial Intelligence. As an appointed member of the Racial Equity Community Advisory Committee for the City of Minneapolis, she influences the local Civic Tech & Tech Design Racial Equity conversation and framework. Elizabeth impacts the world around her every day by inspiring leaders to create and foster inclusive global connections, opportunities, resources, and communities. She is also the proud author of 3 children's eBooks, one focused on safe technology.