Around the world, protesters and activists use technology to organize and fight for human rights while authoritarians leverage technology to conduct unprecedented levels of surveillance and monitoring. How did we arrive at this moment in time where some believe technology will bring a dystopian future while technologists preach utopianism? Is new technology enabling tyrants to defeat democracy? Will technology be a net positive for human rights in the 21st century? Technology touches all of our lives, how can we ensure that our rights are preserved and expanded by tech and not rolled back and restricted? Join us for this engaging conversation with Welton Chang of Human Rights First exploring these and related issues in the complex dynamic interplay between technology, freedom, and human rights.
Dr. Welton Chang is Chief Technology Officer at Human Rights First. Prior to joining Human Rights First, Welton was a senior researcher at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) where he led teams and developed technical solutions to address disinformation and online propaganda. Before joining APL, Welton served for nearly a decade as an intelligence officer at the Defense Intelligence Agency and in the Army, including two operational tours in Iraq and a tour in South Korea. Welton received a PhD and MA from the University of Pennsylvania, an MA from Georgetown University, and a BA from Dartmouth College.
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