101 Jefferson Drive
TITLE: Social Justice Technologist
DEPARTMENT: Center for Technology and Society
LOCATION: Silicon Valley
REPORTS TO: Director, Center for Technology and Society (CTS)
The Social Justice Technologist will be responsible for helping identify new areas and trends in technology as well as executing technology-related efforts for the Anti-Defamation League to combat hate and bias in all forms. The person will do this by acting in two capacities: (1) by providing a deep understanding of current practices and issues in technology, and how the functions of that technology could be used to impact ADL’s work on civil rights in a digital environment; and (2) as a technical project/product manager for advocacy and technology-related products that are developed or procured. The person will work closely with CTS, other parts of ADL, and external vendors to identify, develop and support advocacy and external-facing technology products.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Develop or procure technical tools that can help reduce the amount or impact of cyberhate and cyberharrassment
- Assess the technical feasibility of recommendations and tools in order to inform ADL’s policy positions and investments in reducing cyberhate
- Act as technical product manager/technical advisor on the creation of advocacy and other external technology products produced or procured by CTS.Conduct original research into the inner workings of new and existing internet technologies and online practices, with an eye towards creating work products that describe these technologies and practices and analyze their policy implications.
- Provide CTS and ADL staff with technical analysis relevant to CTS issue areas.
- Engage with engineers, technical staff, and academics working at technology companies and in other organizations that collaborate with CTS.
- Continuously track emerging industry and research developments to determine issues that they may raise related to CTS issues areas.
ILLUSTRATIVE EXAMPLES OF PROJECTS:
By way of illustration, here are examples of projects that the Civil Rights Technology would play an important role in:
- Developing, procuring or incentivizing the development of technical tools such as browser extensions and apps to protect or assist likely or actual targets of cyberhate.
- Designing dashboards and other ways to monitor hate on the internet to ensure public has an accurate awareness
- Assessing the feasibility and utility of ADL developing a large database of hateful images for platforms to use in their own content moderation
- Research online advertising to identify ways that ADL might be able to help companies that want to ensure that their advertisements do not appear on hate websites
- Managing project to explore the potential for machine learning to accurately identify hateful speech
- Determine which emerging technologies ADL should focus on to explore potential pro-social uses
- Lead a regular meeting with engineers and product managers at different technology companies to seek their input on technical challenges
- None at present; may grow into a small team in the next 2-3 years.
- Detailed technical understanding of how computing and the Internet work;
- A demonstrated interest in technology policy;
- Ability to explain technical concepts in understandable terms;
- Excellent research and writing skills; and
- An energetic, entrepreneurial and collaborative working style.
2. Work Experience
Minimum of 5 years of post-college academic and/or work experience required in project management, product development and/or policy related to technology. 10 years of experience preferred. Experience in domains of internet-related engineering, from the physical configuration of networks and systems to low-layer Internet connectivity protocols to applications, services and software delivered via the web and in desktop and mobile environments;
Bachelor’s degree in computer science, data science, or a similar field or equivalent work experience required. Master’s degree preferred, especially if in Computer Science or a technology-related discipline.
Demonstrated passion for public service.
Additional hours may be needed on occasion to keep up with heavy workload and attend special events. Occasional overnight travel required, with travel approximately 5-10% of total time.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Please submit your resume and cover letter by following the link above