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Author: Innovation For All, Sheana Ahlqvist

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Innovation for All explores how diversity and inclusion are impacted by innovation and technology. Long form interviews with experts in tech, design, AI, and business.

Is Facebook really a monopoly? How can remote work get more diversity in tech? What’s in the terms of service we usually ignore? How can we build inclusive, human-centered AI?

Host Sheana Ahlqvist created Innovation For All to help technologists and entrepreneurs make more inclusive products and businesses and think more critically about the societal impact of their work. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/innovation-for-all/support
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Host Sheana Ahlqvist speaks with Hans Jørgen Wiberg, founder of Be My Eyes, a free mobile app that connects blind and visually impaired individuals with sighted volunteers through live video calls. Wiberg explains how Be My Eyes works, how he monetized an app while keeping it free for both sides of the marketplace, and how important it is to consider how blind people interact with the world around them when designing products and services. You’ll learn: What is microvolunteering? What is Be My Eyes and how does it work? How can we design products so that they are more accessible to the blind? How can one monetize and keep sustainable a product or service, especially one that is designed for a low-income population, without charging users? What are some challenges facing Be My Eyes and similar apps in their efforts to support specific populations worldwide? Did you enjoy this episode? Let us know on Twitter @inforallpodcast.
Sally Hubbard is Director of Enforcement Strategy at Open Markets Institute. Learn whether giant tech companies are building monopolies (spoiler alert: they are) and why that unfair advantage matters. In this episode, you’ll learn:What is Antitrust law?Is fake news an antitrust problem?How monopolies amplify inequalityWhat would it look like to unmonopolize big tech companies?Get shownotes for this and every episode at innovationforallcast.com or find us on Twitter @inforallpodcast.Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/innovation-for-all/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/innovation-for-all/support
In this episode you will learn:How the CEO started Amplio Recruiting and why?What were some of the challenges in starting the business?How are companies vetted to ensure that the refugees are protected?What are the assumptions about the refugee community and are they true?What are the challenges with finding opportunities for women refugees?What is Amplio Ventures?What are some of the success stories?How has this work in diversity and inclusion influenced his personal views?Learn more about Amplio Recruiting at https://ampliorecruiting.com/. Get shownotes for this and every episode at innovationforallcast.com or find us on Twitter @inforallpodcast.
In this episode you will learn:About the immense diversity of need within the disability communityHow ride share services can either be beneficial or challenging depending on different disabilitiesExamples of both simple and highly extensive modifications to vehicles that accommodate physical disabilitiesHow certain populations with disabilities could benefit from autonomous vehiclesWhat types of mechanical challenges for people with disabilities could be the same even in an autonomous vehicleHow disability advocates are working with automotive manufactures to be more inclusive in the early stages of vehicle developmentHow echolocation could be a model for the blind community to locate their carHow ride sharing will fundamentally shift the automotive market to accommodate disabilitiesHow we can build better data sets around people with disabilitiesLinks and mentions:Hans Wiberg, Founder of Be My EyesOriginal Equipment Manufacturer (OEM)Haben GirmaConnect with Henry:LinkedIn
Did you enjoy this episode? Text it to a friend or tag us on Twitter at @inforallpodcast.Please note: this episode was recorded before the COVID-19 Pandemic and the George Floyd protests.
Two years after her revenge porn nightmare began, Darieth Chisolm won the case against her ex-boyfriend. Should tech companies make it harder to weaponize their platforms against women?In this episode you will learn:About Darieth's personal experience with revenge pornHer challenge of taking legal action outside of the U.S.The impact of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)Examples of first steps on how victims can take legal actionObstacles to taking down nude content that is published onlineA brief history of policies like the SHIELD Act and Enough ActHow Freedom of Speech should not apply when it is enacted with the intent to do harmThe pervasiveness of victim shaming and victim blamingThe importance of parents having conversations about nude photos with their childrenResources for victims of revenge porn (linked below)How Darieth is supporting victims todayLinks and mentions:50 Shades of Silence DocumentarySHIELD ActEnough ActSpeakServeSoar.com membershipCyber Crimes Act of 2015 in Jamaicawww.50shadesofsilence.com/Candi CastleberryDMCA.comChe Pinkerton Connect with Darieth:TwitterLinkedInWebsiteYouTubeDid you enjoy this episode? Text it to a friend or tag us on Twitter at @inforallpodcast.Please note: this episode was recorded before the COVID-19 Pandemic and the George Floyd protests.
You'll learnHow contract workers are essential in aiding AIs and search enginesExamples of a ghost work in everyday technologyHow the tech industry often devalues contract employeesWhat data labeling isWhat a ghost worker's daily schedule looks likeHow the growing telehealth industry is a prime example of under-appreciated, yet essential contract workThe three elements that undermine job happinessHow business are benefiting from contract workersThe growing challenges of moving towards more contract-driven businessWhy we should mind the gap rather than close the gapHow the pandemic is demonstrating the value of contract and ghost workWhat are the limits of tech and where does human creativity and spontaneity become irreplaceableLinks and MentionsLead GeniusAmaraBarbara GroszMark SendakGhostwork.infoConnect with Mary:TwitterWebsite
In this episode you will learn:How the civil rights movement impacted the growth of McDonald’s in black AmericaHow McDonald’s utilized black-centered marketing strategies to fuel advertisementsThe pros and cons to working in a franchiseHow the fast food industry was seen as a win for low-income communities initiallyHow black-run McDonald’s franchises pooled resources to benefit the communityThe differences of how white and black America viewed McDonald’s and its impact on advertisingHow racist systems use black entrepreneurship as a way to avoid addressing racismCOVID-19: Challenges to the food justice movement and what environmental racism isCorona virus: What are the limits of the private sector?Experience and complexities of black franchise ownersHow to reframe historical storytelling to highlight the community rather than the businessFranchise is available now wherever books are sold.Get shownotes for this and every episode at innovationforallcast.com or find us on Twitter @inforallpodcast.
Caroline Criado Perez is a writer, journalist and feminist campaigner. She has written two books: Do It Like A Woman and Invisible Women. In her most recent book Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men she describes how very old data bias can affect women today. In this episode, Sheana learns about the different ways data bias is affecting women today, from trivial things such as phone size to not so trivial things such as seat belt safety. Caroline tells all this and more in this episode of Innovation For All Podcast. In this episode you will learn: What is male default thinking? What are the consequences in tech? Why the market is so bad at providing for women? What is low hanging fruit for those of us who want to make money by providing solutions for women? A stove example of male default thinking. What can entrepreneurs and consumers do about these issues? Get shownotes for this and every episode at innovationforallcast.com. Did you enjoy this episode? Tag us on Twitter @inforallpodcast. Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/innovation-for-all/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/innovation-for-all/support
"Set the market and work when and how you like. You have complete control." At least that is what gig economy companies like Uber would have you believe. In this episode of the Innovation For All podcast, Sheana speaks with Marshall Steinbaum, Assistant Professor of Economics at University of Utah, to talk about the pitfalls of the gig economy. Find out how employers can have control over the workforce without being a monopoly and how gig workers may be getting the short end of the stick. You’ll learn: Why did Uber driver’s strike? What makes the gig economy examples more complex? What is the difference between the gig economy labor and employment relationships? What should an independent contractor relationship look like? What are the markers of employer and employee relationships as opposed to independent contractor relationship? How does antitrust factor in to these issues? Proposed solutions to the gig economy and labor laws How these companies exercise control over their underrepresented workers Do you know someone who is concerned about the rise of the gig economy? Text them a link to this episode. You are the reason our movement is growing. Get shownotes for this an every episode at innovationforallcast.com or find us on Twitter @inforallpodcast. Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/innovation-for-all/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/innovation-for-all/support
Host Sheana Ahlqvist speaks with Hans Jørgen Wiberg, founder of Be My Eyes, a free mobile app that connects blind and visually impaired individuals with sighted volunteers through live video calls. Wiberg explains how Be My Eyes works, how he monetized an app while keeping it free for both sides of the marketplace, and how important it is to consider how blind people interact with the world around them when designing products and services. You’ll learn: What is microvolunteering? What is Be My Eyes and how does it work? How can we design products so that they are more accessible to the blind? How can one monetize and keep sustainable a product or service, especially one that is designed for a low-income population, without charging users? What are some challenges facing Be My Eyes and similar apps in their efforts to support specific populations worldwide? Did you enjoy this episode? Let us know on Twitter @inforallpodcast. Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/innovation-for-all/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/innovation-for-all/support
Sally Hubbard is Director of Enforcement Strategy at Open Markets Institute. Learn whether giant tech companies are building monopolies (spoiler alert: they are) and why that unfair advantage matters. In this episode, you’ll learn: What is Antitrust law? Is fake news an antitrust problem? How monopolies amplify inequality What would it look like to unmonopolize big tech companies? Get shownotes for this and every episode at innovationforallcast.com or find us on Twitter @inforallpodcast. Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/innovation-for-all/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/innovation-for-all/support
Chris Chancey is the founder of Amplio Recruiting, a company that helps companies hire people from the refugee and immigrant communities. How does Chris help refute and calm the fears potential employers? How does he ensure that vulnerable people aren’t being taken advantage of? And what has made his business so successful? Find out with Sheana in this episode of Innovation for All Podcast. In this episode you will learn: How Chris started Amplio Recruiting and why? What were some of the challenges in starting the business? How are companies vetted to ensure that the refugees are protected? What are the assumptions about the refugee community and are they true? What are the challenges with finding opportunities for women refugees? What is Amplio Ventures? What are some of the success stories? How has this work in diversity and inclusion influenced Chris’ personal views? Learn more about Amplio Recruiting at https://ampliorecruiting.com/. Get shownotes for this and every episode at innovationforallcast.com or find us on Twitter @inforallpodcast. Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/innovation-for-all/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/innovation-for-all/support
In the season finale of Innovation for All, Maggie Delano tells us how period-tracking apps exclude people who are not straight, cis-gendered women without medical conditions. She explains how user design could be more inclusive and introduces us to the benefits of Quantified Self. You'll learn: The issues surrounding period-tracking apps How period-tracking apps can be more inclusive of people with medical conditions How user research can think about cases that fall outside of the set target audience Ways to increase inclusivity in the on-boarding process of app design Concerns of data privacy in period-tracking apps How self-tracking can be beneficial Ways that self-tracking is happening organically Ideas on tracking "subjective" experiences such as emotion and mood How to leverage user research to avoid stereotypes and generalizations Examples of queer-inclusive business ideas Get show notes for this and every episode at innovationforallcast.com. Find us on Twitter @inforallpodcast. Innovation for All will be returning in March 2020 for the third season. Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/innovation-for-all/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/innovation-for-all/support
Imagine a workplace where people of all colors and races are able to climb every rung of the corporate ladder -- and where the lessons we learn about diversity at work actually transform the things we do, think, and say outside the office. How do we get there? Janet Stovall, head speechwriter for the CEO of UPS, tells us about her history fighting for inclusion since she was a student at Davidson College through present day. She discusses the complexities of being a woman of color in the workforce and how to address institutionalized racism. In this episode you will learn: The history of Project 87 at Davidson College How measurable, quantifiable movements are successful What it's like to be a "stand-in director of diversity" Experiences of being an Executive Speech Writer for UPS's CEO How Janet left corporate America to start her own business The business case for diversity Challenges of corporate America Pros and cons of being self employed Overcoming discrimination against women of color in the workforce How not all forms of diversity are equal Get show notes for this an every episode at innovationforallcast.com. Find us on Twitter @inforallpodcast. Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/innovation-for-all/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/innovation-for-all/support
In this special episode, our favorite experts on AI, product designers and more return to answer two key questions: What’s the biggest news in your field in 2019, since we recorded the podcast? What's something that's been missing from the conversation that you'd like to see gain more interest in 2020? You'll hear from Reena Jana (@rjmac), Google's Head of Product and Business Inclusion. Hear more in her full episode: Making Products Inclusive, the Google Way Josh Lovejoy (@jdlovejoy), Principal design manager, ethics and society at Microsoft. Hear more in his full episode: What does human-centered AI even mean? Sherry Hamby, Director of the Life Paths Research Center (LPRC). Hear more in her full episode: Stereotyping Appalachia: What Tech Gets Wrong Wendy De La Rosa (@wdlrosa), co-founder of Common Cents Lab. Hear more in her full episode: Why FinTech is failing the poor? Get shownotes for this and every episode at innovationforallcast.com or find us on Twitter @inforallpodcast. Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/innovation-for-all/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/innovation-for-all/support
Jimmy Chen is the Founder and CEO of Propel, a software company that aims to fight poverty through technology. They are the creators of the Fresh EBT mobile app, which enables EBT cardholders to manage their benefits, save money through grocery coupons, and find jobs. Fresh EBT is used by over 2 million low-income Americans across the country. In this episode of Innovation For All Podcast, Sheana learns why Jimmy decided to start Propel and use the tools of Silicon Valley to address social issues around poverty. In this episode you will learn: Why Jimmy Chen decided to focus on building tech for low income families What is Propel and Fresh EBT Why start with the food stamp program to battle poverty How does Propel get the experience and empathy to solve problems they might not understand What is the process for getting usable information from users What are the logistical and general obstacles faced by Propel and how are they overcome What are some misconceptions about the food stamp program Where else can the private sector make a difference and what are the challenges Get show notes for this an every episode at innovationforallcast.com or find us on Twitter @inforallpodcast. Original air date: 8/21/19 Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/innovation-for-all/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/innovation-for-all/support
In this episode of the Innovation For All Podcast, Sheana Ahlqvist talks to Dr. Sherry Hamby, a Research Professor of Psychology at the University of the South and a Director of the Life Paths Research Center (LPRC). They talk about the role of technology in peoples daily lives. They discuss Appalachian attitudes and values, ResilienceCon and how different societies operate in a technology-centric environment. IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL HEAR: The culture of values and skepticism that makes Appalachian resistant to technology What are the attitudes and stereotypes about Appalachia? How are low income regions like Appalachia portrayed? How different forms of violence are shifting online, for instance Cyber bullying The negative effects on relationships from technology How do people feel about Privacy invasion, data protection and cyber-crimes? Is protecting our own privacy equally distributed among the rich and the poor? What are the differences between how rural and urban societies operate? How do regulations fit in all this? The importance of consent in letting technology earn the trust of people. Get show notes for this an every episode at innovationforallcast.com or find us on Twitter @inforallpodcast. Original air date: 2/6/19 Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/innovation-for-all/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/innovation-for-all/support
Can AI really change the world? Or are its developing algorithms formalizing social injustice? When these highly-technical systems derive patterns from existing datasets, their models can perpetuate past mistakes. In this episode of the Innovation For All Podcast, Sheana Ahlqvist discusses with David Robinson the threats of social bias and discrimination becoming embedded in Artificial Intelligence. IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN: What is the role of technological advances in shaping society? What is the difference between Machine Learning vs. Artificial Intelligence? Social Justice Implications of Technology What are the limitations of finding patterns in previous data? How does should government regulate new, highly technical systems? The need for more resources and more thoughtfulness in regulating data Examples of data-driven issues in the private sector. Removing skepticism of regulatory agencies in examining data models. Authorities should remember that there are limits to what AI models can do. David is the co-founder of Upturn and currently a Visiting Scientist at the AI Policy and Practice Initiative in Cornell’s College of Computing and Information Science. David touches on how government regulatory agencies should examine new AI models and systems, especially as the technology continues to creep its way into our day-to-day lives. David discusses the importance of “ground truthing.” David emphasizes looking at a technology’s capabilities and limits before deciding on whether decision makers should implement it. Get shownotes for this an every episode at innovationforallcast.com or find us on Twitter @inforallpodcast. Original air date: 12/26/18 Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/innovation-for-all/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/innovation-for-all/support
Overview: In this episode of Innovation for All, Jeff Temple, professor and licensed psychologist at the University of Texas Medical Branch will discuss his research that studies teenage sexting behaviors. Jeff explains the gender breakdown of teenage sexting, the factors that may lead to psychological consequences, and how it may be a safe way for LGBTQ youth to explore sexuality. In this episode you will learn: How psychologists define what sexting is What sexting looks like in adults How sexting should be looked at in the context of universal prevention programs rather than as a bad behavior What Jeff’s longitudinal studies of teenage sexting involve The challenges of studying sexting in teenagers The breakdown of sexting in girls compared to boys What factors related to sexting could lead to psychological health consequences Why consensual sexting does not lead to psychological health issues How media headlines misrepresent today’s teenagers as “sex-crazed” If sexting can be used as a safe way explore sexuality If there are legal risks in having nude photos on your phone What makes people want to sext How sexuality plays into the research of teenage sexting Opportunity to talk to your teenager in an ongoing conversation How in the future psychology may be integrated into primary care Why college athletes should be paid Get shownotes for this an every episode at innovationforallcast.com or find us on Twitter @inforallpodcast. Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/innovation-for-all/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/innovation-for-all/support
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