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Mutale Nkonde    

UN Advisor on AI, CEO of AI for the People & Fellow at Stanford

Mutale Nkonde is a technologist and cultural theorist. In 2022 she was named as a Global Leader in Digital Rights by the Ouano Foundation (to be announced September 12, 2022) for her work with AI for the People, a non-profit she started in 2019. She has been a member of the TikTok Content Moderation Advisory Council since 2020, and a past board member of the National Association of Black Journalists.

In 2019, she was a part of the team that introduced the Algorithmic Accountability Act, first introduced to the US House of Representatives that same year. She subsequently advocated for its passage during her testimony to the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s subcommittee on consumer protection after the bill was reintroduced in 2022.

She is currently a member of the Aspen Institute’s Society of Fellows and has formerly held fellowships at Harvard, Stanford, and Notre Dame. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in American Studies from Columbia University and writes widely on race and tech. Her work can be found in, Slate and Harvard Business Review. She is also a co-host of the Tech Tea podcast.

Speech Topics

Race and technology moving off the screen, from facial recognition to siri voice recognition systems critical questions around what this means

Race, disinformation and national security: from COVID to global elections why race will always be used as a wedge

Race and Technical Design: how advanced technical systems become encoded with racist logics


Chat GPT & AI with Lisa Neal-Graves & Mutale Nkonde
Mutale is an expert in racial justice and tech, a UN advisor and founder and CEO of Emmy-winning communications firm AI for the People – an organization that supports and retains more Black people in the tech field and works with journalists,policymakers, media and others to increase public understanding about how AI, web3 and quantum computing are changing and harming Black lives. Among the few Black women thought-leaders in tech, Mutale’s story is one of overcoming the odds while being underestimated – a journey relatable to many Black women and girls working to prove their worth every day.

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