The Internet(s) of Everything 



The Internet(s)
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A series of live conversations and podcasts about the socio-ecological dimensions of the digital technologies and infrastructures shaping the most relevant cultural trends of the 2020s.


UPCOMING SESSIONS

August 31st 2021
Session 5 x Canal180

September 21st 2021
Session 6 x NEW Inc

October 5th 2021
Session 7 x Ignota Books


PAST SESSIONS

July 20th 2021
Session 4 x LOGIC Magazine
Recording for TBSI members and ticket holders now available!
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June 8th 2021
Session 3 x Are.na
Recording for TBSI members and ticket holders now available!
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May 26th 2021
Session 2 x SPACE10
Podcast episode now available!


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May 11th 2021
Session 1 x Somerset House Studios
Podcast episode now available!


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Session 4 x LOGIC Magazine


︎ Recorded on Tuesday, July 20th

A roundtable discussion on organising in the tech industry, advocating within and outside of institutions, and building community as workers to make change.

With Emily Chao, Lexi Galantino, Matt Zhou, Nichelle Hall, Willy Solis and Yindi Pei. Moderated by Xiaowei Wang.




Available only for ticket holders using access code sent via email.

If you are a member of The Billion Seconds Institute, you can find this and all previous and upcoming recordings and related discussion forums in the Campus.


GUEST BIOS

Emily Chao
Website / Twitter

Emily is a reformed Trust and Safety engineer now turned public interest and civic technologist, currently working on behavioral nudging tools to influence departments of corrections to move towards decarceration. They are currently also embarking on a critical writing project to distill why Trust and Safety as an industry mechanism is not effective for protecting and reflecting community values online.
Lexi Galantino
Twitter 

Lexi Galantino (she/her) is a senior software engineer and activist who is passionate about the safety of marginalized folks, be it on the Internet or elsewhere.

Her professional career so far has traversed the spectrum of social interaction online, from first working to prevent the very worst the internet has to offer and nudging people towards good online citizenship, to now fostering healthy and productive discussions and starting to think about what “fun” in an online community might look like. In addition to her 9-5, she has just started exploring what it looks like to organize with other activists for change, particularly to fight homelessness and support unhoused individuals.

Matt Zhou
Medium / Linkedin

Matt Zhou is a senior data engineer at VillageMD where he focuses on data platform stewardship, fostering better engineering culture, and building responsible machine learning systems. He graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in anthropology and with several years of experience in statistical impact assessment in healthcare spaces. Afterward, he completed a Master’s in Public Health from Columbia University specializing in healthcare informatics.

Matt previously worked at the New York Times as a data engineer on their core data platform team. He likes to spend his time writing about algorithmic accountability, fostering bunnies, and getting involved in local organizing communities in Chicago.


Nichelle Hall
Linkedin

Nichelle grew up outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but now lives in Oakland, California. She works as a software engineer at Medium on the Trust and Safety team where she focuses on eliminating spam and harassment from the platform.

Recently, Nichelle has been thinking a lot about how to educate kids and teens about internet safety in a relevant and interesting way. She is curious about tiktok, language acquisition, her relationship to work, and cooking vegan recipes that genuinely taste good (not just good for vegan food).  She loves to watch reality t.v and pause every five minutes to give commentary.


Willy Solis
Twitter

Willy Solis is a Shipt Shopper from the Dallas Texas Metroplex. Willy has a background in construction and has run his own business since 2008.

In 2019, Willy began working as a Shipt Shopper and began grassroots organizing his fellow Shipt Shoppers in January 2020 when Shipt implemented a devastating pay cut. In February, he formalized a relationship with Gig Workers Collective where he has functioned as the lead organizer for Shipt Shoppers nationally. Organizing successes include securing PPE for hundreds of thousands of Shipt Shoppers, and the repayment of hundreds of thousands of dollars in misappropriated tips. Willy has partnered with organizations such as Human Rights Watch, MIT, and Coworker on generative worker-centric research and data about the gig economy. Willy is passionate about building worker power, policy, social and economic justice.

In the past year, Willy’s work has been covered by Time Magazine, Dallas Morning News, NY Times, LA Times, BBC, Boston Globe, and Thomson Reuters. He has been profiled by NPR and The Hill.

Yindi Pei
Website / Twitter

Yindi is first and foremost a weaver and secondly a creator. Their paid work consists of design and instruction; however, Yindi spends most of their time thinking deeply about rest and desires to cultivate caring communities on rematriated land.

Xiaowei Wang
Twitter

Xiaowei Wang is a writer, artist and researcher. The Creative Director at Logic Magazine, they currently spend their time stewarding Logic School, an organizing school for tech workers.
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
LOGIC Magazine
Website / Twitter

Logic is a print magazine about technology that publishes three times per year, with a small digital footprint.



Session 3 x Are.na


︎ Recorded on Tuesday, June 8th


A conversation around the ways we can be generous with our curiosity online, and how that can ultimately strengthen networks of solidarity, sustainability, and care. 

Featuring Shannon Mattern, Mindy Seu and Dan Taeyoung, moderated by Meg Miller.




Available only for ticket holders using access code sent via email.

If you are a member of The Billion Seconds Institute, you can find this and all previous and upcoming recordings and related discussion forums in the Campus.


GUEST BIOS

Shannon Mattern
Website / Twitter

Shannon Mattern is Professor at The New School. Her writing and teaching focus on media architectures and infrastructures and spatial epistemologies. She has written books about libraries, maps, and urban intelligence, and she contributes a column about urban data and mediated spaces to Places Journal. You can find her at wordsinspace.net.
Mindy Seu
Website / Twitter / Instagram

Mindy Seu is a designer and researcher who joined the faculty of California College of the Arts in 2016, and Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts and Yale’s School of Art in 2019. She continues to build the Cyberfeminism Index, which was commissioned by Rhizome and presented at the New Museum in 2020.
Meg Miller
Website / Twitter / Instagram

Meg Miller is a writer and editor living in Berlin. She’s contributed writing to The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Creative Independent, The Serving Library, and other web and print publications, mostly about the ways design, art, language, and technology shape culture and society. She handles all things editorial for Are.na.  


IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

Are.na
Website / Instagram / Twitter

Are.na is a platform for connecting ideas and building knowledge.



Session 2 x SPACE10


︎ Recorded on Wednesday, May 26th


A conversation about home technologies, and what they reveal to us about the labour of care, our relationship to home, privacy and trust. With Georgina McDonald and Nicole He, moderated by Jana Perkovic.




Available only for ticket holders using access code sent via email.

If you are a member of The Billion Seconds Institute, you can find this and all upcoming recordings and related discussion forums in the Campus.



GUEST BIOS

Nicole He
Website / Twitter / Instagram

Nicole He is a game developer and creative technologist based in Brooklyn, making unconventional voice technology projects and videogames. She previously worked as a creative technologist at Google Creative Lab and teaches at NYU ITP.

Georgina McDonald
Website / Instagram

Georgina McDonald is lead design producer at SPACE10. Georgina's current focus is on Everyday Experiments, a series of digital experiments by SPACE10 and IKEA exploring news ways of interacting with the spaces we live in. When she's not contemplating the future of technology and design, left to her own devices, Georgina will usually be found hunting for new wine or writing autobiographical nonsense, "as proof of life, or something," she says.

Jana Perkovic

Jana Perkovic is editor at SPACE10, unfolding the research and design lab's projects, thinking, mission and values across the SPACE10 publication channels.
 


IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

SPACE10
Website / Instagram / Twitter

SPACE10 is a research and design lab on a mission to create a better everyday life for people and the planet.




Session 1 x Somerset House Studios


︎ Recorded on Tuesday, May 11th


A conversation on the meaning of Black Joy in the challenging socio-technological context of the 2020s, featuring DeForrest Brown Jr. and Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, moderated by Charlene Prempeh.




Available only for ticket holders using access code sent via email.

If you are a member of The Billion Seconds Institute, you can find this and all upcoming recordings and related discussion forums in the Campus.





GUEST BIOS

DeForrest Brown, Jr.
Twitter / Instagram

DeForrest Brown, Jr. is an Ex-American theorist, journalist and curator. He produces digital audio and extended media, such as Speaker Music, and is a representative of the Make Techno Black Again campaign. His work explores the links between the Black experience in industrialised labor systems and Black innovation in electronic music. On Juneteenth of 2020, he released the album Black Nationalist Sonic Weaponry on Planet Mu; Primary Information will publish his first book, Assembling a Black Counter Culture, in 2021.


Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley
Website / Instagram

Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley is an artist working predominantly in digital media to communicate the experiences of being a Black Trans person. Their practice focuses on recording the lives of Black Trans people, intertwining lived experience with fiction to imaginatively retell Trans stories. Spurred on by a desire to record the "History of Trans people both living and past" their work can often be seen as a Trans archive where Black Trans people are stored for the future.


Charlene Prempeh
Website / Twitter / Instagram

Charlene Prempeh is the founder of A Vibe Called Tech. She developed the initiative and creative agency to explore the intersection of black creativity, culture and innovation. After studying PPE at Oxford University, she began a career in marketing and worked at some of the UK’s most prominent media platforms and art institutions including the BBC, The Guardian and Frieze.

More recently, she launched A Vibe Called Tech to encourage a culturally diverse lens in design, technology, arts and culture by spearheading partnerships, events, research and workshops across London and through her journalism and consultancy work. She currently consults for Royal Academy of Arts and Art Fund, is the Marketing lead for Society Centered Design at Projects by IF and is a member of the steering group for Chatham House and London Design Biennale Design Resonance In An Age Of Crisis.

Charlene is an FT How to Spend it columnist and contributing editor who writes about Black innovators, design, travel and culture.

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

Somerset House Studios
Website / Instagram / Twitter

Somerset House Studios is an experimental workspace in the centre of London connecting artists, makers and thinkers with audiences.

Located inside the repurposed former Inland Revenue building, the Studios offer space and support to artists pushing bold ideas, engaging with urgent issues and pioneering new technologies. It is also a platform for the development of new creative projects and collaborations. Up to 100 artists are resident at any one time and are supported to develop their practice for a defined period.