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Gray Area Grand Theater: Abolish Silicon Valley – A Conversation With Author Wendy Liu
July 1, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join author Wendy Liu and Owen Thomas (SF Chronicle) in a conversation addressing the vast inequality of Silicon Valley. Going beyond the idiosyncrasies of the individual founders and companies that characterize the industry today, Wendy Liu delves into the structural factors of the economy that gave rise to Silicon Valley as we know it. Ultimately, she proposes a more radical way of developing technology, where innovation is conducted for the benefit of society at large, and not just to enrich a select few. RSVP to join online via Zoom: bit.ly/abolish-sv-wendy-liu Wednesday July 1, 5pm PST Wendy Liu Wendy Liu is a software engineer and startup founder who left the tech industry to pursue a master’s degree in inequality from the London School of Economics. She has written about technology and politics for Logic Magazine, Dissent, and Tribune, and has been featured in articles on tech worker organizing for The Atlantic and CNBC. She lives in San Francisco. Owen Thomas Owen Thomas is the business editor of the San Francisco Chronicle. He supervises The Chronicle’s business and technology coverage. Previously, Thomas was the editor-in-chief of ReadWrite, a technology news site. His digital experience includes serving as the West Coast Editor of Business Insider, executive editor at the Daily Dot, and managing editor of Gawker Media’s Business 2.0 magazine, the Red Herring, and Wired. Thomas has a bachelor’s degree in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago. Mechanics’ Institute www.milibrary.org/ Founded in 1854, the Mechanics’ Institute is one of the oldest institutions on the West Coast of the United States. Its mission is to provide a center for intellectual and cultural advancement. Located in the financial district of San Francisco, it serves individuals and families throughout the Bay Area offering a vibrant library with full-time professional staff, expert instruction and competition in chess, and a full calendar of engaging cultural events, programs, and classes. Goethe-Institut San Francisco goethe.de/ins/us/en/sta/sfr.html The Goethe-Institut is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany with a global reach. We promote knowledge of the German language abroad and foster international cultural cooperation. We convey a comprehensive image of Germany by providing information about cultural, social and political life in our nation. Our cultural and educational programmes encourage intercultural dialogue and enable cultural involvement. They strengthen the development of structures in civil society and foster worldwide mobility.