Next stop … #ElectTech2020 and #TweetingWhileBlack at #SXSW2020!

Tonya M. Evans presents at SXSW 2020

I return to South by Southwest (SxSW) for the fourth year in a row to present in two sessions, Tweeting While Black: You in Danger, Girl … (3/13 5:00-6:00 PM) and Elect Tech 2020 (3/16 12:30-1:30 PM).

About #TweetingWhileBlack

Twitter represents a frenetic dichotomy for black women. On one hand, Twitter is a place to converse publicly and build community. The success of Black Twitter is but one example of how black women thrive in the Twitterverse. On the other hand, Twitter can be dangerous for black women. A 2018 Amnesty International study found that black women are Twitter’s most targeted group. It showed that black women are 84% more likely than white women to receive abusive tweets. It also labeled 1 in 10 tweets about Black women as abusive or problematic, with those tweets being sent every 30 seconds. Our panel will address this Twitter dichotomy. From the research, to having a large following, to going viral, this diverse group of panelists will explore the present and future of black women on Twitter.

Co-panelists: Shontavia J. Johnson | Dr. Tressie McMillan Cottom | Professor Carliss Chatman

Hugh Forrest, Chief Programming Officer at SXSW, named this session as one of 10 SXSW Sessions to Honor Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

About #electtech2020

Today’s political climate inextricably links the tech industry to politics, despite the industry’s resistance to threats of hacking, foreign influence, and #fakenews. Disruptive technologies like AR, VR, machine learning, and blockchain can address these threats. The presidential hopeful who best understands and leverages these tools will be the last candidate standing, if history is any indicator.
This panel of experts explores the phenomenon of candidates winning unwinnable presidential elections by using disruptive technology. It also identifies strategies that 2020 candidates can adopt to leverage disruptive technology. This includes both campaign integration and proposed policies, particularly the regulation of tech companies and “corpocurrencies” like Facebook’s Libra.

Co-presenter: Shontavia J. Johnson

Conversation with Andreas Antonopoulos about "the other 6 billion" and need for diverse voices in crypto

In this episode, I speak with Andreas Antonopoulos, a best-selling author, speaker, educator, and one of the world’s foremost bitcoin and open blockchain experts.

He is known for delivering electric talks that combine economics, psychology, technology, and game theory with current events, personal anecdote, and historical precedent effortlessly transliterating the complex issues of blockchain technology out of the abstract and into the real world.


We covered at a high level, what blockchain is and, as the first application of blockchain technology, what Bitcoin is and the history of digital cash that predates Bitcoin. We also covered how crypto is regulated by the code itself and how crypto protocols are “rules without rulers”, why Bitcoin has endured for over ten years, the difference between public systems like Bitcoin and private systems like Facebook’s LibraCoin, tokenizing real world assets and the role that cryptocurrencies will have for “the other 6 billion” people in the world who do not currently benefit from the financial status quo.

Finally, Andreas and I discussed a recent tweet storm in response to his “intentionally provocative” tweet inviting suggestions for diverse podcasts to appear on in the blockchain space after being dismayed by the number of “white, American man in finance” suggestions he’d already received to an earlier inquiry. He shared his insights on race, gender, the myth of meritocracy and what he describes as the “dominance of the mediocre” in the crypto ecosystem. In the end, he accomplished his goal. To find podcasts like Tech Intersect to engage in conversation about the past, present, and hope for cryptocurrencies and open blockchains. This episode is sure to provoke lots of thought and conversation.

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It's a virtual "early access" launch party and you're invited!

Greetings!

The Tech Intersect™ Podcast, hosted by yours truly, Tonya M. Evans, is a new weekly show that features engaging conversations that demystify leading-edge trends at the heart of where law, business and tech intersect. 

The official launch is January 3, 2020. But I’ve prepared a soft launch for my newsletter subscribers and Advantage Evans™ members via Patreon for Friday, December 27, 2019! 

To kick off the show launch, my gift to you is “early access” to two engaging, info-rich episodes beginning Dec. 27th:

1. Bestselling author of The Memo, renowned public speaker, founder and CEO, Minda Harts (how to curate your own career, prepare “a seat at the table” and also what to leave in the past in order to succeed in the future … with bonus content at the end of the episode!)

2. Sports Illustrated legal analyst, prof. and lawyer, Mike McCann (publicity rights for college athletes, Ed O’Bannon v. NCAA, and pro basketball star Spencer Dinwiddie’s use of crypto and blockchain in sports to “tokenize” his NBA contract with the Nets)

Other upcoming guests include:

  • Andreas Antonopoulos (thought-leader and author of Mastering Bitcoin, The Internet of Money 1 & 2, and Mastering Ethereum)
  • Alan Silberberg (cybersecurity and political expert & author of Bots Against)
  • Stephanie Morillo (author of Developer’s Guide to Content Creation)   
  • Charlie Oliver (Founder, CEO of Tech 2025)   
  • Professor Chris Odinet (Bias in algorithms)
  • Stephanie Humphrey (“Tech Life Steph” tech safety tips)   
  • Anthony Ware (mental health strategies for tech founders)   
  • Shehan Chandraskera, CPA Cointracker.io, preparing your crypto taxes)
  • Alex Adelman (Co-founder, CEO of bitcoin rewards platform Lolli)
  • Anne T. Griffin (AI & Blockchain expert)
  • Dante Disparte (Vice Chair Head, Policy/Comms @ Libra, Forbes Contributor)   

Remember, virtual launch party access is available only to newsletter subscribers and Advantage Evans™ members so subscribe or join today (or both)! And be sure to share with your networks.

Get ready to LISTEN, LEARN & LEVERAGE.

Let’s SHINE on purpose. Together!

Tonya