Desmond Patton: Understanding Social Media and Gang Violence (Ep. 127)

Understanding Social Media and Gang Violence (Ep. 127)

Dr. Desmond Upton Patton (@SAFELab) is an assistant professor at the Columbia School of Social Work and a Faculty Affiliate of the Social Intervention Group (SIG) and the Data Science Institute. His research utilizes qualitative and computational data collection methods to examine how and why youth and gang violence, trauma, grief and identity are expressed on social media and the real world impact they have on well-being for low-income youth of color.

Brian Howard: American Indians and the digital divide (Ep. 126)

Brian Howard: American Indians and the Digital Divide (Ep. 126)

Brian Howard is a Research and Policy Analyst with the American Indian Policy Institute (AIPI) at ASU.

Simone Browne: Surveillance in Color (Ep. 125)

Simone Browne: Surveillance in Color (Ep. 125)

Dr. Simone Browne (@wewatchwatchers) is Associate Professor in the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas, Austin. She teaches and researches surveillance studies and black diaspora studies.

Chris Snook: How to Make Your Advocacy More Relevant (Ep. 124)

How to Make Your Advocacy More Relevant

Chris J Snook (@chrisjsnook) is the Bestselling Author of Digital Sense: The Common Sense Approach to Effectively Blending Social Business Strategy, Marketing Technology and Customer Experience (Wiley, 2016). He is a Managing Partner at Launch Haus, a venture capital firm focused on cryptocurrency, blockchain, enterprise software, consumer products, digital marketing, event/media properties, and service businesses. He is also a Chairman and Founder of the WorldTokenomicForum ,the leading international organization for enabling public-private cooperation, interoperability, and innovation in token and blockchain based technology. He is also an INC magazine contributor.

Daiquiri Ryan: How to Connect Rural Americans to Faster Internet Speeds (Ep. 123)

How to Connect Rural Americans to Faster Internet Speeds (Ep. 123)

Daiquiri Ryan (@daiquiriryan) is a Policy Fellow at Public Knowledge, where she uses her passion for the intersection of technology policy and social justice to help further innovative consumer advocacy. Prior to joining PK, Daiquiri spent time as a legal intern at Amazon and a Google Policy Fellow at the National Hispanic Media Coalition.

Leslie Kantor: Net Neutrality and Sexual Health (Ep. 122)

Leslie Kantor: Net Neutrality and Sexual Health (Ep. 122)

Leslie Kantor, PhD, MPH (@lesliekantor) is Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Vice President of Education and a member of the faculty of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.

Elissa Shevinsky: Intro to Cryptocurrencies (Ep. 121)

Intro to Cryptocurrencies (Ep. 121)

Elissa Shevinsky (@ElissaBeth) is a successful serial entrepreneur, focusing on cybersecurity and cryptocurrency companies. An early employee at Geekcorps (acquired) and Everyday Health (IPO) she was most recently Head of Product at Brave. Shevinsky is also the author of “Lean Out: The Struggle for Gender Equality in Tech and Startup Culture.”  Little known fact: her first job out of college was as a lobbyist in DC, working to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Monica Anderson: Automation–Who Wins, Who Loses? (Ep. 120)

Automation–Who Wins, Who Loses? (Ep. 120)

Monica Anderson is a research associate at the Pew Research Center. Her work focuses on internet and technology issues. Much of her recent work focuses on the impact of the digital divide, growing role of automation in everyday life, and the role of online activism in the age of social media. She has a master’s degree in media studies from Georgetown University, where her work focused on the intersection of race, politics and social media.

Brian Woolfolk: A New and Relevant Voice for Inclusive Tech Policymaking (Ep. 119)

Brian Woolfolk: A New and Relevant Voice for Inclusive Tech Policymaking (Ep. 119)

Brian Woolfolk (@brianpwoolfolk) is the Founding Executive Director of Full Color Future–a new think tank and advocacy organization committed to changing the narrative about people of color in media, tech and innovation. He has been passionate about inclusive tech, telecom and media policy for more than 20 years, since he got his start on Capitol Hill.

Brian served as Democratic Counsel on the US House Judiciary Committee and advised Committee Members on the Telecommunications Act, media ownership diversity, and free speech issues. He also advised members and staff on constitutional, civil rights, antitrust, criminal justice and investigative issues. Prior to his Committee work, Brian served as legislative counsel to Congressman Robert C. (Bobby) Scott of Virginia, currently the Ranking Member of the House Education and Workforce Committee.

Brian has a B.A. in Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland and a J.D. from the William & Mary Law School. Brian currently serves as a Member of the William and Mary Board of Visitors (Trustees).

Carmen Scurato: The FCC’s Attack on Civil Rights (Ep. 118)

The FCC’s Attack on Civil Rights (Ep. 118)

Carmen Scurato (@carmenscurato) is Vice President, Policy and General Counsel at the National Hispanic Media Coalition, where she leads NHMC’s policy and government affairs office in Washington, D.C. She is responsible for developing policy and legal strategies that encourage open and affordable communications, innovation, competition, and diversity. Carmen represents NHMC in meetings with decision makers in Congress and at federal regulatory agencies. She has spoken extensively on the ways that communications policy impacts people of color and regularly appears in outlets such as Fast Company, Fortune, The Root and the Guardian to highlight NHMC’s policy and advocacy efforts.