Leading Together 2021: Digital Dependencies, Discrimination, and Democracy: What are Philanthropy’s Roles?

June 16th, 2021 - 11:20 am to 12:10 pm PST

Every aspect of public life depends on digital systems. Awareness and adaptation to the potential harms of digital systems is critical to pursuing positive change. Black women are leading the way in scholarship and advocacy regarding the intersections of digital systems, racism and discrimination – in every domain of action from community advocacy to education and healthcare. We’ll work from community-based data justice efforts, scholarship on digital identity, and advocacy around artificial intelligence to demonstrate ways that foundations can “upgrade” their strategies to fit our digital reality.


  • Mutale Nkonde - Founder, AI for the People and Practitioner Fellow, Digital Civil Society Lab
  • Elizabeth M. Renieris - Director, IBM-Notre Dame Tech Ethics Lab and Practitoner Fellow, Digital Civil Society Lab
  • Yeshimabeit Milner - Founder, Data For Black Lives
  • Sabrina Hersi Issa - Founder, BeBold Media and Practitioner Fellow, Digital Civil Society Lab in partnership with the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity