How To Citizen with Baratunde podcast

How To Citizen with Baratunde

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How To Citizen with Baratunde reimagines the word “citizen” as a verb and reminds us how to wield our collective power. So many of us want to do more in response to the problems we hear about constantly, but where and how to participate can leave us feeling overwhelmed and helpless. Voting, while critically important, simply isn’t enough. It takes more to make this experiment in self-governance work! Listen in to learn new perspectives and practices from people working to improve society for the many. Join writer, activist, and comedian Baratunde Thurston on a journey beyond politics as usual that will leave us all more hopeful, connected, and moved to act.

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    Those We’ve Left Behind (with Shaka Senghor & Teresa Hodge)

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    Baratunde asks how can we citizen with tech when we disconnect millions from technology and from society as a whole by incarcerating them? He closes the season in conversation with two people who’ve served time for felony convictions and are now working in tech to expand opportunities for all: Shaka Senghor, author and head of DEI for TripActions, and Teresa Hodge, president of Mission: Launch and co-founder of R3 Score which changes how employers use background checks. Guest: Shaka Senghor Bio: Bestselling author and speaker; Head of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at TripActions  Online: Shaka’s website, Twitter @shakasenghor, and Instagram @shakasenghor Guest: Teresa Hodge Bio: President of Mission: Launch, co-founder of R3 Score Online: Mission: Launch website; R3 Score website; Teresa’s Twitter @teresayhodge  Go to howtocitizen.com for transcripts, our email newsletter, and your citizen practice. ACTIONS - PERSONALLY REFLECT  Are we that bad? The United States has five percent of the world’s population and 25 percent of the world’s prison population. Ask yourself the question Teresa wants us all to ask: are we that bad?    - BECOME INFORMED Who is leading the spaces you spend time in? Take stock of the companies whose products and services you use the most and the non-profits you may be supporting. Now go take a look at their boards and senior leadership. Do they reflect the experiences of the communities they serve?  While you’re in a learning mode, check out Shaka’s TED Talk, Why Your Words Deeds Don’t Define You   - PUBLICLY PARTICIPATE Citizen with those who have felony convictions The Last Mile is an incredibly effective organization that prepares incarcerated individuals for successful reentry through business and technology training. Support their work through donation, volunteering, or better yet, hire their graduates! Redeemed Sole, an organization Shaka founded, highlights a number of organizations helping people avoid or return from incarceration. Find an initiative there, and donate, amplify, or join in some way.  Find out if your workplace, school, or even landlord uses traditional criminal background checks to determine someone’s suitability. If they do, encourage them to join Teresa’s Bank on 100 Million initiative, and take the pledge yourself.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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    Blockchain Chickens and Empathetic Tech Workers (with Xiaowei Wang)

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    Baratunde is reminded that “tech companies” are really just people and asks what it would mean for tech employees to think critically about their work and its impact and use that power to remake the industry from the ground up? He talks with Xiaowei Wang, whose work at Logic School helps workers answer those questions. They also discuss blockchain, rice farming in rural China, and tarot. It’s all connected.  Guest: Xiaowei Wang Bio: Lead steward of Logic School, author of Blockchain Chicken Farm  Online: Logic School website; Xiaowei on Twitter @xrw Go to howtocitizen.com for transcripts, our email newsletter, and your citizen practice. ACTIONS   - PERSONALLY REFLECT  Consider consent and care Think of what consent and care mean to you, and think of what consent-ful and careful tech would look like, function like, feel like. What relationships would be strengthened? Shattered?   - BECOME INFORMED Learn about critiques and better ways Read this explainer on Platform Co-ops, which are digital platforms collectively owned and governed by the people who depend on and participate in them. And follow the work of The Gig Worker’s Collective which is shining a light on and advocating for the people who work at the other end of our smartphone taps and swipes.    - PUBLICLY PARTICIPATE Support the alternatives and whistleblowers Support community internet and technology groups like the Detroit Community Technology Project, NYC Mesh, and Oakland Mesh. And check out The Tech Worker Handbook, a collection of resources to better prepare and support tech workers considering whether to speak out on issues that are in the public interest. Recommend it to a tech worker near you, but don’t send it to their work email! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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    23 and NOT Me (with Krystal Tsosie)

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    Baratunde continues his journey to discover how we can embed more justice into the data driving our increasingly automated lives and focuses on the most intimate data there is: our DNA. He talks with Krystal Tsosie, an indigenous geneticist, and bioethicist who fights for data sovereignty and the rights of indigenous peoples to have agency over their personhood and knowledge. Guest: Krystal Tsosie Bio: Indigenous (Diné/Navajo) geneticist-ethicist at Vanderbilt University and incoming faculty at Arizona State. Co-Founder of the Native BioData Consortium.  Online: Native BioData Consortium website; Krystal’s TED talk and Twitter @kstsosie Go to howtocitizen.com for transcripts, our email newsletter, and your citizen practice. ACTIONS   - PERSONALLY REFLECT  What’s your data worth? Ask yourself, “how much is my data privacy worth to me, and how do I feel about nonconsensual surveillance based on my data?” Now add in the element of genetic information. How would you feel if any of your biological kin donated genetic information that was tied to information about you that can be bought and sold?   - BECOME INFORMED  Learn about nonconsensual data collection Read this NY Times article about Indigenous tribes in the Amazon who felt “duped, lied to, exploited” when they realized their donated blood samples were being sold for $75 a vial while the medicines they were promised in exchange never arrived. Or learn about Henrietta Lacks, a Black woman whose cervical cancer cells (“HeLa”) changed the field of biology and have been commodified by laboratories, but without the knowledge of her or her family. Now let’s make it more personal. Find out what Big Tech knows about you with some of the suggestions in this article.   - PUBLICLY PARTICIPATE  Support ethical data practices Empower science led by Indigenous scientists working with tribal communities to ensure that the benefits of biomedicine and public health benefit Indigenous peoples. Consider making a donation to the Native BioData Consortium. And help protect yourself and slow the market for selling our data by installing the Global Privacy Control. This is a feature of certain web browsers that lets you signal to a site not to trade information about you, and it’s backed by law!  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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    Arsenic in My Muffins (with Kasia Chmielinski)

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    Baratunde knows what is healthy to eat or not, thanks to the required nutrition labels on our food. But how do we know the ingredients in the algorithms and AI we depend on are safe to use? Baratunde speaks with Kasia Chmielinksi about the Data Nutrition Project, which helps data scientists, developers, and product managers assess the viability, health, and quality of the data that feeds their algorithms and influences our decisions daily.  Guest: Kasia Chmielinski Bio: Co-Founder of the Data Nutrition Project, an affiliate at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, senior research advisor at the Partnership on AI Online: The Data Nutrition Project website; Kasia on Twitter @kaschm Show Notes + Links Go to howtocitizen.com to sign up for show news, AND (coming soon!) to start your How to Citizen Practice. Please show your support for the show in the form of a review and rating. It makes a huge difference with the algorithmic overlords! We are grateful to Kasia Chmielinski for joining us! Follow them at @kaschm on Twitter, or find more of their work at datanutrition.org. ACTIONS - PERSONALLY REFLECT  Like people, machines are shaped by the context in which they were created. So if we think of machines and algorithmic systems as children who are learning from us - their parents - what kind of parents do we want to be? How do we want to raise our machines to be considerate, fair, and to build a better world than the one we are in today?   - BECOME INFORMED Watch: Coded Bias Listen: Radical AI Podcast Read: Race after Technology, Weapons of Math Destruction, Data Feminism Make Choices: *privacy not included (consumer guide for buying technologies)   - PUBLICLY PARTICIPATE Donate to these groups on the front lines ensuring the future of AI is human and just: Algorithmic Justice League, ACLU, Electronic Frontier Foundation Discuss: Host a book club! The books above are really great platforms to gather folks who want to learn from the literature and each other. Attend a lecture or event: Data & Society, AI Now Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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    Defending Our Collective Psyche (with Sander van der Linden)

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    Can we inoculate ourselves against misinformation and conspiracy theories in the way we do for infectious diseases? Instead of debunking, can we “pre-bunk?” Sander van der Linden, co-founder of Inoculation Science, has created games that offer to do just that. Baratunde plays one of them and speaks with Sander about online misinformation campaigns, polarization, and how we can better protect ourselves. Guest: Sander van der Linden Bio: Professor of Social Psychology in Society at the University of Cambridge, co-founder Inoculation Science, author of The Truth Vaccine (writing)   Online: Inoculation Science website; Sander’s website and Twitter @Sander_vdLinden Show Notes + Links Go to howtocitizen.com to sign up for show news, AND (coming soon!) to start your How to Citizen Practice. Please show your support for the show in the form of a review and rating. It makes a huge difference with the algorithmic overlords! We are grateful to Sander for joining us! Follow Sander at @Sander_vdLinden on Twitter, or find more of his work at inoculation.science.  ACTIONS - PERSONALLY REFLECT Reflect on the game.  After you play the game at https://inoculation.science and watch a few videos, reflect on how they made you feel. Are there online experiences you’ve had that make more sense once you consider you might have been intentionally manipulated? How do you think these games will affect your future online experiences?   - BECOME INFORMED Play the game.  Point your browser over to https://inoculation.science and play their set of inoculation games. In addition to Breaking Harmony Square, which we featured in this episode, they offer games to help you limit the harm of fake news and COVID misinformation.    - PUBLICLY PARTICIPATE Share the game.  Finally, share the games with people you care about. Friends don’t let friends spread misinformation.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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    Can Tech Save the Literal World? (with Jamie Margolin)

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    Baratunde connects with Gen-Z author and climate activist Jamie Margolin, to see how this next generation is using tech to save the planet. He was surprised more than once by this 19-year-old’s perspective. She is the founder of This Is Zero Hour, an intersectional movement of young people fighting for a livable planet and co-organizer of the 2018 Youth Climate March.  Guest: Jamie Margolin Bio: 19-year-old Colombian-American organizer, activist, author, public speaker, and film & tv student.  Online: Jamie’s book, Youth To Power, and her Twitter and Instagram; Zero Hour on Instagram Go to howtocitizen.com for transcripts, our email newsletter, and your citizen practice. ACTIONS   - PERSONALLY REFLECT  What do technology and Earth mean to you? Jamie helped us conceive of technology in a different, more elemental way. When you think of technology, what do you think of? When you think of nature, what do you think of? Do you ever think of the same thing in answer to both questions?   - BECOME INFORMED Learn about climate threats and opportunities.  For better climate news, check out CoveringClimateNow.org. On social media, follow groups like This Is Zero Hour and Sunrise Movement. For something more local, search online for climate change and your neighborhood or town. Try a search for climate action in the same way. I did and discovered regional climate action plans, zero waste retailers, and forecasts about climate change specific to where I live. I also highly recommend the book All We Can Save. It's an anthology of essays by women representing all the people we’ve ignored on climate and filled with solutions and inspiration. Find it in our show’s online bookshop.    - PUBLICLY PARTICIPATE Take collective climate action of some kind Those local searches I recommended might lead you to businesses you can support or groups you can join. I recommend the Citizens Climate Lobby as a possible place to start. An even more basic step is to take a look at your own energy use. I went through my electricity bill closely and saw an option to choose renewable energy sources, and signed up. Boom! Then talk about it. Are you composting, put that online? Trying to understand where your energy comes from? Take it to the socials! Let’s use tech to make climate action mainstream.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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    Fast, Fair, Fun (with Digital Minister Audrey Tang)

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    After a life of civic hacking outside the system through efforts like vTaiwan, Audrey Tang, now Digital Minister of Taiwan, speaks with Baratunde about how to use digital tools to include people in more direct, participatory, democratic practices and her design philosophy of “fast, fair, fun.” She shows how tech can help government be more responsive to and collaborative with its citizens.  Guest: Audrey Tang Bio: Digital Minister of Taiwan, open-source software contributor, poetician Online: Taiwan’s Public Digital Innovation Space; On Twitter @audreyt and the hashtag #FastFairFun Go to howtocitizen.com for transcripts, our email newsletter, and your citizen practice. ACTIONS   - PERSONALLY REFLECT  Flexing our personal power When have you felt justified pushing against an authority in your life? How did you do it and did it achieve your goal? If not, why not? If so, were there other unintended consequences? If you could go back in time, would you change your actions in any way?   - BECOME INFORMED What is Open Government? Get informed about this idea of "open government." Learn more about Audrey’s work at digitalminister.tw. If you want to go deeper, read the book Open Democracy by Hélène Landemore. It's about centering ordinary citizens in the democratic process. Find it in our online bookstore bookshop.org/shop/howtocitizen. And search social media for the hashtag #OpenGovernment to discover other related thinkers and doers helping us govern ourselves.   - PUBLICLY PARTICIPATE Public Forums Practice sharing your voice on an issue you care about in a public forum (not just social media). For example, you can comment on upcoming federal regulations at regulations.gov. But the real action is local, so join a participatory budgeting initiative by searching online for “participatory budgeting near me”, or attend a virtual or live city or neighborhood council meeting and offer feedback during the public comment section. Use your voice to influence a public issue. Flex your power! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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    Circles in a World Made for Triangles (with Pia Mancini)

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    Baratunde learns more about experiments in digital democracy. He speaks with Pia Mancini, cofounder of Open Collective, a platform empowering collectives and mutual aid groups with new transparent, decentralized financial tools that make local grassroots efforts more feasible than ever. It is a powerful example of how the use of technology can change the power dynamics and help people citizen together where they live and across the globe.  Guest: Pia Mancini Bio: Democracy activist, open source sustainer, co-founder & CEO at Open Collective and Chair of DemocracyEarth Foundation.  Online: Open Collective website; Pia’s website; on Twitter @piamancini and @opencollect Show Notes + Links Go to howtocitizen.com to sign up for show news, AND (coming soon!) to start your How to Citizen Practice. Please show your support for the show in the form of a review and rating. It makes a huge difference with the algorithmic overlords! We are grateful to Pia for joining us! Follow her @piamancini on Twitter, or find more of her work at Opencollective.org. ACTIONS PERSONALLY REFLECT  Cultivate Optimism Take a moment to reflect on when you feel most positive, most optimistic in your week? What are you doing, who are you around, what media/info sources are you consuming? Work on adding more of these elements to your weekly routines. The world needs more clear-eyed optimists for us to reach our collective potential. It’s hard to citizen when you’re only cynical.   BECOME INFORMED Who in your life needs Open Collective Take a moment to wrap your mind around this NEW community infrastructure that is truly revolutionizing the way local initiatives and groups work together around the world. We bet you know of a local project or informal group that could benefit from it! Take the time to learn more https://opencollective.com/. Also check out Pia’s TED talk, How To Upgrade Democracy for the Internet Era, for more about her beliefs and journey.    PUBLICLY PARTICIPATE Join in with other locals  Support open-source and move away from private mega-malls like Facebook by adopting the Signal app, an open source, end-to-end encrypted, not-for-profit messaging platform. And if you use open source to build the product that is making you money, give back to open source, because open source is not free. It was paid for by someone else's time. So make sure you give back to the developers. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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    Move Slow and Fix Things (with Esra’a Al Shafei)

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    Esra’a is a Bahrani human rights activist and founder of Majal, a multiplatform organization that amplifies underrepresented voices in the Middle East and North Africa. She works collaboratively with technologists and designers across the world to create alternative digital spaces that are safe from censorship and trolling. Utilizing gamification and music, Majal’s platforms offer a safe space for people who face persecution based on their identity and politics. Guest: Esra’a Al Shafei Bio: Founder of Majal, Migrant Rights, and Mideast Tunes; civil rights activist dedicated to improving the lives of LGBTQ+ youth in the Middle East.  Online: Majal website; @ealshafei on Twitter Go to howtocitizen.com for transcripts, our email newsletter, and your citizen practice. ACTIONS   - PERSONALLY REFLECT  Personal Security When have you felt concerned for your safety and security online? What features online made you feel vulnerable or exposed? Was it something you could control or was it outside of your control? If you’ve never felt insecure on online platforms, why do you think that is?   - BECOME INFORMED Question Scale in Philanthropy Check out Majal.org and look at the platforms they operate.  When you are engaging with nonprofits and philanthropy, look at who founded and runs the groups you support or amplify. Find ones that are run by those closest to the problem, which are often people from marginalized communities. Start your learning journey by reading Decolonizing Wealth by Edgar Villanueva.    - PUBLICLY PARTICIPATE Challenge the philanthropic norms.  Instead of supporting large organizations that emphasize scalability and unsustainable growth, consider getting as local and grassroots as you can in terms of your time and resources. Often smaller, on-the-ground, and grassroots organizations have a more direct impact despite far fewer resources. And make the How To Citizen community look good: donate over at Majal.org so they can keep supporting the important platforms serving activists and LGBTQ youth in the Middle East.    MORE WAYS TO CONNECT & SUPPORT Leave a review and rating. It makes a huge difference with the algorithmic overlords! Find us at @howtocitizen on Instagram and tag us in your actions. Visit our non-Bezos bookshop.  Subscribe to Baratunde's weekly Recommentunde Newsletter, his column on Puck, or you can even text him right now at 202-894-8844 Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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    Public Parks and Re-creation (with Eli Pariser)

    47:46

    Right now we interact with the public more online than offline. But these digital spaces are not designed with our collective wellbeing in mind. Baratunde speaks with Eli Pariser, Co-founder of New_Public, about how we are missing intentionally designed digital public spaces, like libraries and park spaces online, and they discuss New_Public’s NEW! design playbook for creating platforms that bring us together instead of tear us apart.  Guest: Eli Pariser  Bio: Author, Activist, and Entrepreneur, Co-Founder of New_Public  Online: New_Public website; @elipariser on Twitter; Eli’s website Go to howtocitizen.com for transcripts, our email newsletter, and your citizen practice. ACTIONS   - PERSONALLY REFLECT  Public Interactions Reflect on some recent online interactions you’ve had with total strangers on social media. Now think about some interactions you’ve had with strangers offline, maybe in a public park or library. How did each experience make you feel? Did you prefer one over the other? Why?    - BECOME INFORMED Check out New_Public’s work Check out New_Public’s new design playbook for building digital public spaces of the future. It was built from two years of global research and feedback. Also, read Eli’s thought-provoking article in the Atlantic about envisioning a future online that serves the public good and supports a culture of democracy.   - PUBLICLY PARTICIPATE Join a niche, online community forum. Consider joining or starting your own online community where you can practice some of the 14 signals using a platform like Hylo or MightyNetworks. Most of the signals don’t require code as much as thoughtful governance, culture, and norm-setting to create a different kind of online space that helps us citizen. Said another way, try finding or creating an online community in a space that isn’t a giant shopping mall.   MORE WAYS TO CONNECT & SUPPORT Leave a review and rating. It makes a huge difference with the algorithmic overlords! Find us at @howtocitizen on Instagram and tag us in your actions. Visit our non-Bezos bookshop.  Subscribe to Baratunde's weekly Recommentunde Newsletter, his column on Puck, or you can even text him right now at 202-894-8844 Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

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