Stephanie Hankey of Tactical Tech Speaks at Columbia

On October 10, 2019, Brown at Columbia hosted Stephanie Hankey for its inaugural 2019-2020 Distinguished Lecture in Computational Innovation.

Stephanie Hankey is a designer, technologist, and social entrepreneur who has worked internationally at the intersection of technology and human rights for the past 20 years. She is the co-founder and Executive Director of Tactical Tech, a Berlin-based NGO that since 2003 has worked with millions of people worldwide, helping them better understand how to control their data, digital privacy and security.

In the talk, Hankey explored Tactical Tech’s groundbreaking work investigating over 350 companies who sell personal data for political influence and why we should care. She shared insights from their latest work ‘Efficiency and Madness’ critiquing blindspots in technology design, as well as their struggle to answer the most commonly asked question of all, ‘what can we do?’.

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