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Don't Listen to Us
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Don't Listen to Us

A conversation with Kat Duffy on why we need the global majority in conversations on tech

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I’m so honored to have my good friend and expert extraordinaire Kat Duffy as my guest this week. I have no words other than you should listen to everything she says.

Summary

Kat Duffy, a senior fellow for digital and cyberspace policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, discusses her work in the trust and safety space and her role in leading the Trust and Safety Task Force. The task force brought together a diverse group of experts to explore the evolving landscape of trust and safety, with a focus on the intersection of technology, human rights, and humanitarian law. The project aimed to map the ecosystem, capture insights, and provide concrete recommendations for philanthropies and private funding. The conversation also touches on the challenges of consensus-building and the importance of including voices from the global majority in these discussions. The conversation explores the concept of the global majority and its relevance in the tech industry. The term 'global majority' refers to individuals and countries that are not at the leading edge of revenue models or political interests. The discussion highlights the lack of cultural diversity and understanding in tech, as well as the challenges faced by countries with fragile political and economic systems. The conversation also touches on the impact of regulations on trust and safety efforts, the need for independent expertise in civil society, and the future implications of technology in societal governance.

Takeaways

  • The Trust and Safety Task Force brought together a diverse group of experts to explore the evolving landscape of trust and safety. Read the report here.

  • The task force aimed to map the ecosystem, capture insights, and provide concrete recommendations for philanthropies and private funding.

  • Consensus-building in the trust and safety space can be challenging, but it's important to include multiple perspectives and create dialogue.

  • Including voices from the global majority is crucial in shaping discussions and decisions in the trust and safety space. The term 'global majority' refers to individuals and countries that are not at the leading edge of revenue models or political interests in the tech industry.

  • Tech often lacks cultural diversity and understanding, reflecting the perspectives of a small group of thinkers.

  • Countries with fragile political and economic systems face unique challenges in the tech space.

  • Regulations can divert resources from trust and safety efforts and hinder innovation.

  • Independent expertise in civil society is crucial for effective governance and impact assessment.

  • The future of technology requires a better understanding of its implications and the involvement of diverse perspectives.

Chapters

  • Introduction and Background

  • Trust and Safety in Different Contexts

  • The Trust and Safety Task Force

  • The Impact of Generative AI

  • Creating Room for Entrepreneurship and New Approaches

  • Adapting to the Fast-Paced Nature of the Trust and Safety Space

  • Including Voices from the Global Majority

  • Understanding the Global Majority

  • Tech's Lack of Cultural Diversity

  • Challenges in Fragile Systems

  • Impact of Regulations on Trust and Safety

  • The Need for Independent Expertise

  • Future Implications of Technology

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Impossible Tradeoffs with Katie Harbath
Technology and democracy are at a crossroads. Technology can potentially empower people and make our democracies more responsive. Or technology can be used to manipulate and divide us. Welcome to Impossible Tradeoffs. I’m Katie Harbath. In this weekly podcast, we’ll talk about and analyze the most fascinating headlines. We’ll make predictions about where things are going. And we’ll talk to experts about the challenges we face and how we might look for solutions.