Recently, I’ve been organizing with with No Tech For Tyrants (NT4T), a student-led organization working to sever the links between higher education institutions and technology businesses that enable violence, particularly against migrants and migrant communities. Currently, we are researching Palantir’s relationship with the UK’s various departments, agencies, and public bodies. Here’s what else we’ve been up to:
- For Privacy International, we scrutinized the NHS’s decision to grant technology businesses like Palantir access to unprecedented quantities of patient data.
- For Refugee Week, we partnered with Unis Resist Border Controls to host a timely webinar: “Universities Without Borders: Higher Education and the Technologies of Hostile Environments.”
- We argued in Justice Everywhere that universities should implement ethical guidelines regulating corporate partnerships.
- We hosted a beautiful and poignant digital summit: “Power, Migration, and Ethics in the Age of Surveillance.”
- We delivered a talk on ethics washing in the technology industry and wrote a corresponding reading guide.
Over the summer of 2019, I was elected to serve a three-year term as a board member for Open Hillel, a student-led initiative working to make Jewish communities more inclusive, transparent, and democratic.
As an undergraduate student, I did lots of volunteer organizing with Jewish Voice for Peace. Here are some of the cool things we did:
- We helped open an interfaith prayer and meditation space in our University’s multicultural student services center.
- We successfully co-led the campaign to pass a resolution through our student senate that demanded the University divest from corporations profiting off violence committed against members of our own student body.
- We ran monthly interfaith Shabbat dinners open to the entire student body.
- We hosted some real cool Jews, like artist Molly Crabapple and poet Kevin Coval.
Outside of Jewish student life, I helped my friends at Hackital put on two 100+ developer hackathons and served as a leadership council member for the Undergraduate Business Association. I also started a blockchain club, which was both a distinct failure and a formative learning experience.