Bianca Bosker, Noam Cohen, Gabriel Stricker, & Virginia Eubanks

Bianca Bosker, Noam Cohen, Gabriel Stricker, & Virginia Eubanks

 

Bianca Bosker is an award-winning journalist and the author of the New York Times bestseller CORK DORK:A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste, which has been hailed as the “KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL of wine.” Bosker is a contributing editor at The Atlantic and has written for publications including The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The New Republic. Bosker was the co-founding editor of HuffPost’s tech section and the site’s former executive tech editor. She is also the author of ORIGINAL COPIES: Architectural Mimicry in Contemporary China, the first definitive account of China’s “duplitecture” movement and a critically acclaimed exploration of China’s copy culture.

Noam Cohen is the former tech columnist for The New York Times, where he wrote the “Link by Link” column from 2008 to 2014 covering the influence of digital technologies on global culture and the economy, including some of The Times’s earliest coverage of Wikipedia, Bitcoin, and Twitter. His front page stories reported on the first big WikiLeaks leak (co-reported with Brian Stelter in 2010), Wikipedia’s contributor gender gap in 2011, and the investigation and death of Reddit co-founder and Internet activist Aaron Swartz in 2013. Cohen has also contributed to publications such as New York Magazine and Dissent and has appeared on NPR’s Talk of the Nation and the award-winning documentary Page One. Whether interviewing Julian Assange or writing about the early adopters of Bitcoin, Cohen spotlights the real people behind the companies and technologies of Silicon Valley. His notably humane approach to the tech industry is exemplified in the obituary of the Wikipedia editor Adrianne Wadewitz, who focused on building its catalogue on female authors and women’s history, and Cohen’s feature about the onset phenomenon of Twitter ghost writers for high-profile names like 50 Cent and Britney Spears to Ron Paul. Cohen’s op-eds drawing the ties between Silicon Valley and disruption culture with Trump’s candidacy and election ran in The New York Times in July 2016 and November 2016, respectively.

Gabriel Stricker is the Vice President of Communications at Niantic, Inc., which is focused on creating augmented reality games such as such as Pokémon GO, and other experiences that encourage outdoor activity and exploration.  He is the former Vice President of Policy and Communications at Google Fiber, and the former Chief Communications Officer at Twitter, Inc. Gabriel serves on the boards of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and The Center for Investigative Reporting.

Virginia Eubanks is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University at Albany, SUNY. She is the author of Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the PoorDigital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age; and co-editor, with Alethia Jones, of Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: Forty Years of Movement Building with Barbara Smith. Her writing about technology and social justice has appeared in The American ProspectThe NationHarper’s and Wired. For two decades, Eubanks has worked in community technology and economic justice movements. Today, she is a founding member of the Our Data Bodies Project and a Fellow at New America. She lives in Troy, NY