LA Tech4Good February News

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Our Feb 26 event will showcase a cloud-based monitoring system for improved cookstoves, a solar adoption project in the Sahel region of Africa newly funded by NASA, and a platform to track carbon credits among Paris-accord signatories in partnership with Yale researchers. Sounds impactful, no?
 
"The sale of the .ORG domain registry to a private equity firm would impact the nonprofits you care about" – EFF. From petitions delivered directly to the ICANN board meeting, to global press coverage, to the California Attorney General opening an investigation into the sale – this back door deal to sell .ORG has not gone down quietly.
794 organizations and 23,841 people oppose the sale of .ORG! Add your name!
 
EVENT ROUNDUP
Feb 20 – Beyond the Code: Celebrating Black Women in Tech
Black Women in Technology & GA will host an interactive discussion with five Black women successful in marketing, blockchain and web development. Celebrate Black History Month with #BWIT!
6:30-8:30pm at General Assembly, DTLA, 360 E 2nd St
Sign up here!
 
Feb 22 – World Information Architecture Day LA
Keynote Lynn Boyden says: "Information architecture and participatory design help us design services that address problems of social inequity and meet users’ needs and communities’ goals."
8:30am - 4:00pm at ADP Innovation Center, Pasadena
Come learn more! Tickets and speakers here
 
IN THE NEWS

A 2020 Pragmatist’s Guide to US Digital Privacy Laws: CCPA, SHIELD
Nonprofits should be at the forefront of protecting data – and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) in effect in January is a good stimulus to look at your organizational data and policiesThe CCPA generally does not apply to nonprofits with some exceptions, and perhaps some are breathing a sigh of relief – but we would encourage approaching this new law as an opportunity to step up your data practices.
 
Amazon Doubles Down on Ring Partnerships With Law Enforcement
One of the more recent articles on Ring's partnerships with over 400 police departments. In October, more than 30 civil rights organizations, including RAICES, Media Justice and the National Immigration Law Center, published a joint letter stating: “With no oversight and accountability, Amazon’s technology creates a seamless and easily automated experience for police to request and access footage without a warrant, and then store it indefinitely.”

All for today! See you soon,

Karen Borchgrevink
Executive Director, LA Tech4Good
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