Emily Gorcenski

Emily is a data scientist, a nonbinary trans woman, and a hockey player. They are passionate about better technological citizenship and believe in ethical, inclusive technology. As a technologist and activist, Emily's work focuses on guiding innovation towards improving spaces, both online and in the physical world.

Follow Emily at @EmilyGorcenski.

From Voting Machines to Discord: A Path to Technological Activism

After the 2016 US Presidential Election, the technology industry sought technological explanations—and in some case hopeful solutions—to a political situation. Right now, voting machine certification is only tested against ~100 ballots. Knowing where to find relevant data while researching this issue sent Emily down the path to becoming an accidental activist, bearing witness to the tragedy in her home city in Charlottesville, Virginia. This talk will explore that journey, without losing focus on the issue that started it all.