Podcast Episode: Teaching AI to Your Targets

Too many young people – especially young people of color – lack familiarity or experience with emerging technologies to recognize how artificial intelligence can impact their lives, in harmful or empowering ways. Educator Ora Tanner saw this and has dedicated her career to promoting tech literacy and advancing our understanding of data sharing and monitoring, as well as teaching how AI can be both a dangerous and powerful tool for innovation and activism.

To date, his programs have reached over 30,000 students, many of them in his home state of Florida. Tanner also fought against the Florida Schools Safety Portal, a project aimed at amassing massive amounts of student data in an effort to predict and prevent school shootings — and a proposal fraught with bias and disbelief. potential abuse.

Tanner talks with EFF’s Cindy Cohn and Jason Kelley to teach young people about the algorithms around them and how they can be heard to build a fairer and brighter tech future.

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In this episode, you will discover:

  • Convince policy makers that AI and other potentially invasive technologies are not always the answer to solving public safety issues.
  • Bring diverse new voices into the dialogue about designing and using AI.
  • Create a culture of seeking truth rather than just accepting whatever information is put on your plate.
  • Empower disadvantaged communities not only through technology literacy, but also by teaching informed activism.

Ora Tanner is co-founder and former head of learning at The AI ​​Education Project, a national nonprofit focused on equity and accessibility in AI education; she is also an entrepreneur in residence at Cambiar Education. She has presented at numerous academic conferences, summits, and professional development trainings, and spoken on panels as an EdTech expert to discuss topics related to AI, education, emerging technologies, and technology. design of innovative learning experiences. She earned a BS and MS in Physics and took courses toward a Ph.D. in Instructional Technology at the University of South Florida.

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