At the 2021 Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology, I will be hosting a roundtable titled, Tech, Social Justice, and the Role of Anthropologists. The roundtable will bring together anthropologists who have studied and worked in the tech sector. If you are attending SfAA, and wish to see it, you can register to watch the live stream on Monday, March 22 from 12 pm to 2 pm.
2020 has heightened our awareness of the gross inequalities that exist in society. Conversations about racial, gender, climate, and health injustice are rightfully dominating the national discussions, but there are others to address. One such example is the potential of the tech sector to amplify existing inequities. This roundtable brings together anthropologists working in product management, user experience, software engineering, data science, and education to explore the ethical issues related to diversity and representation, algorithmic bias, mis- and disinformation, and data privacy. It will discuss how anthropologists can contribute to tackling these challenges and others in the workplace.