When I present on panels about equitable and inclusive design, there are two areas I emphasize; as both a social scientist and tech ethicist, these are the areas where we, as humans have the greatest opportunity to bring about transformative change. The first and most fundamental tool we have within our arsenal is the call-in. The call-in is the seed from which the best accessible, equitable, and inclusive products and processes take shape. Who am I designing this for? Who am I designing it with? If they are not one and the same, we must go back and begin again. …

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I recently sat down with a group to discuss the pros and cons of emerging technologies from my perspective as both anthropologist and ethical technologist; specifically, smart lock systems. For those who may be unfamiliar with smart lock systems, they are a relatively new technological advancement that uses image and facial recognition software to enable users entry to businesses and residences thereby eliminating physical keys; this technology is believed to increase safety and ease of accessibility.  No more misplaced and lost keys, costly locksmith services, and the ease of allowing temporary and/or limited access to vendors, guests, and service providers. …

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Artist, art educator, and entrepreneur Charlecia Joy joins host and incluu founder, Dr. Dédé Tetsubayashi at the Brave Spaces Roundtable to discuss equity in visual art spaces and the pain points that gave way to the creation of The Stapledon Arts Melanin series.

Join incluu’s own, Dr. Dédé Tetsubayashi and guest Debbie Reynolds, “The Data Diva” as they talk data across various intersections and iterations; a foray into the perks and pitfalls of AI, ML, and data in the 4th industrial revolution, and as always a little levity. Are you team Terminator or Robocop; have a listen to this month’s episode and tell us in the comments.


One of the biggest misconceptions about tech is aptly summarized by Hessie Jones, “[Tech is]afforded a supremacy that humans feel comfortable not questioning. And yet, technology isn’t just a neutral tool.” As AI/ML continues to become rapidly enmeshed in our daily lives, so have discussions of ethics, and the lack thereof, in tech. The dangers of the myriad intersectional biases in tech design have made their way from the confines of esoteric spaces into broader mainstream discussions of diversity, equity, inclusion, and ethics. Although many big tech companies are hiring in-house DEI consultants and broaching the topic of more equitable …

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