From the Organizers:
Hiroshima, a city in Japan, was the site of a devastating nuclear attack on August 6th, 1945. The anniversary of this event is a time to reflect on the horror of nuclear war and the need for peace. Hiroshima also reminds us of the power of Military and Technology and in its role in creating and sustaining peace. Big Tech companies have the resources and the platform to make a real difference in the world. At this event, we will encourage them to act with Ethics. Join us as we learn from Hiroshima's example and work towards a more peaceful future.
Music by Mokai: Mokai is a roots musician based in San Francisco. His guitar echoes pre-war blues and Greenwich Village era folk, with songs the East Bay Express described as “…jazzy, jammy, bluesy structures around earthly laments, tales of ordinary folks, and the human struggle in general.”
Brett Wilkins is a staff writer at Common Dreams and communications cordinator for San Francisco Bernicrats. He has published articles at Salon.com, Truthout, the Asia Times, teleSur, the Jakarta Post and Yahoo News, among other outlets. He was also a member of Collective 20, whose members included Michael Albert, Medea Benjamin, Noam Chomsky, Bill Fletcher Jr. and other leftist writers and activists.
Vahid Razavi is a technology Veteran of Silicon Valley. Vahid has founded, advised and worked in senior management roles in Silicon Valley. He has published two books, The Age of Nepotism and Ethics In Tech and Lack Thereof. As a lifelong activist and humanitarian he has published hundreds of articles and videos on various social issues including tech industry and social injustice. He has previously worked for companies such as Amazon Web Services, Fast Search, Exodus Communications, Qwest Communications, and is the founder of the Cloud Computing Company BizCloud.
Monalisa Wallace is a San Francisco based environmental and civil rights activist and attorney working in a variety of fields. Her work for feminist and environmental justice is summed up in her Twitter and Facebook name: greenfeminist.
Janet Weil is a longtime peace and environmental activist. After a career teaching English to immigrants, Janet served on CodePink’s national staff for several years. She helped organize the first CodePink action against killer drones at Creech Air Force Base in 2009, and has participated in 5 “Creech Shutdowns” from 2009 – 2015. In 2011, she co-founded the SF99% Coalition, to provide support to the Occupy Movement and to work collaboratively with representatives of the peace, labor, faith and environmental organizations of San Francisco.
George Koichi Wong is a San Francisco native who grew up speaking Japanese, studied International Relations and Linguistics at the University of California, San Diego, and received MA degree in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University. His educational interests varied from equity in public education to global nuclear disarmament, before finally settling at international human rights law. George’s experiences range in geography and topic, but always orbit human rights law. He spent a summer in Northern Ireland working with victims of human rights abuses during the Troubles. He also had the privilege of participating in a trip to Malta, where he studied and participated in discussions on the intersection of refugee migration and international human rights law in the Mediterranean. For his master’s thesis, he produced a report for the Department of Justice on Ukraine’s maritime border security in the Black Sea based on open-source research and interviews with US and Ukrainian officials. His passion and career goals are to work towards realizing a world where human rights are truly universal. He is now the legal assistant at EFF, helping the domestic legal team defend digital privacy, free speech, and innovation, and the international team at the UN cybercrime treaty negotiations.
6:30 pm – 8:30m pm PT
This event is organized not by EFF, but by No Ethics in Big Tech—a grassroots group participating in the Electronic Frontier Alliance. The EFA is a network of grassroots organizations across the country committed to promoting digital rights. Together, we're building a movement to promote freedom of expression, privacy, security, creativity, and access to knowledge.