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Bay Area: Join us 2/13 to discuss a new hope for tech activism

Bay Area: Join us 2/13 to discuss a new hope for tech activism

Enlarge / Leigh Honeywell is the founder of Tall Poppy and an activist. She’s worked on security and privacy with major tech companies as well as the ACLU.Leigh Honeywell reader comments 0 with 0 posters participating Share this story Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit Over the past couple of years, we’ve…


Leigh Honeywell is the founder of Tall Poppy and an activist. She's worked on security and privacy with major tech companies as well as the ACLU.
Enlarge/Leigh Honeywell is the founder of Tall Poppy and an activist. She’s worked on security and privacy with major tech companies as well as the ACLU.
Leigh Honeywell

Over the past couple of years, we’ve seen a huge upsurge in activism within the technology community. From thewalkouts at Googletolabor organizing at Amazon, tech workers are starting to see a connection between their work and social issues. Engineer and entrepreneur Leigh Honeywell has been at the forefront of tech activism for many years, and at this month’s Ars Technica Live on Wednesday, February 13, we’ll be talking to her about activism in today’s world and the politics of a life lived online.

Honeywell founded two hackerspaces (HackLabTOin Toronto, and theSeattle Attic Community Workshopin Seattle), created the widely circulated theNever Again pledge, and now heads Tall Poppy, where she helps companies protect their employees from online harassment. The thread that runs throughout her work is the use of technology to create greater privacy and safety for people online. She’ll discuss the growing resistance to the practices of corporations that profile users, or sell their users’ data, along with the rise of services that protect people from digital harassment.

Honeywell was previously a Technology Fellow at theACLU’s Project on Speech, Privacy, and Technology, and also worked at Slack, Salesforce, Microsoft, and Symantec. Leigh has a Bachelors of Science from the University of Toronto where she majored in Computer Science and Equity Studies.

She’ll be in conversation with Ars Technica contributors Annalee Newitz and Cyrus Farivar.

Ars Technica Livetakes place at Eli’s Mile High Club in Oakland (3629 MLK Way—they have the best tater tots you’ve ever eaten). The event is free, and you can RSVP viaEventbrite.

Doors open at 7pm, and the live filming is from 7:30pm to 8:20-ish (be sure to get there early if you want a seat). Stick around afterward for informal discussion, beer, and snacks. Can’t make it out to Oakland? Never fear! Episodes will be posted to Ars Technica two weeks after the live events.

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