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TAG2019 Considers Implications of AI on Society and the Rise of Global Surveillance

Thursday, November 14, 2019  

Next week in Miami, the sold-out annual conference for technology leaders in philanthropy,, is hosting two vital sessions on the social impact of artificial intelligence and the rise of surveillance technologies. The annual event presented by the membership association, Technology Affinity Group (TAG), opens on Tuesday, November 19th with a keynote by Dr. Ayanna Howard, Chair of the School of Interactive Computing, Director of the Human-Automation Systems Lab at Georgia Tech and one of the “Top 50 Women in Tech” according to Forbes in 2018. Dr. Howard will explore the opportunities and challenges presented by the growing interest in AI systems as well as a discussion on the role of the social sector in both leveraging AI and safeguarding communities.

On day two of the conference, TAG will explore the launch of the “Freedom on the Net 2019: The Crisis of Social Media” with Adrian Shahbaz, Research Director of Freedom House. This year’s report reveals that governments around the world are increasingly using social media to manipulate elections and monitor their citizens, tilting the technology toward digital authoritarianism. As a result of these trends, global internet freedom declined for the ninth consecutive year, according to Freedom on the Net 2019, the latest edition of the annual country-by-country assessment of internet freedom, released November 5th by Freedom House.

“As our largest conference to date,” says TAG Executive Director, Chantal Forster, “TAG2019 includes thought-provoking sessions reflecting the evolution of technology as an operational function in philanthropy to one where technology is a driver of innovation, an opportunity for investment, and a factor in societal change.”

The TAG conference in Miami is the 12th annual conference for technology leaders and staff in philanthropy. Over 350 attendees from foundations and partner organizations throughout the world attend the annual TAG conference and members of the association.

About TAG

TAG is an organization promoting the strategic power of technology in advancing the goals of philanthropy. Founded in 2007, it is the only open membership association for technology professionals working in philanthropy. Membership provides access to invaluable educational opportunities, knowledge exchange with leaders, and partnership with peer organizations.

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The Technology Association of Grantmakers (TAG) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit membership organization that promotes the power of technology to advance the goals of the philanthropic sector.