Open Source for ...Bad? talk

We spend a lot of time talking about Open Source for Good but what about Open Source for Bad? It's easy to believe that open source is naturally 'good' because it's 'free' and 'open', but this powerful tool can be used for ill-advised reasons too. As contributors, we have the ability to shape the role that open source plays in helping to move humankind forward. Let's discuss how to do that and what that looks like. With Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning developing at a faster rate than many of us could have imagined, it's invaluable to examine how technology can be used for negative reasons.


Bianca Escalante Senior Manager, Social Impact, GitHub

Bianca is a Senior Manager on GitHub’s Social Impact team where she spends most of her time overseeing the company’s local engagement initiatives and advocating for accessibility, inclusion and diversity across multiple sectors of the company. Her intersectional lens paired with her experience in tech has broadened her expertise on how to create and foster diverse and inclusive environments both online and in the real world. Prior to joining GitHub in 2015, she spent 18 years working in the nonprofit sector, mostly with organizations that provided educational opportunities for Black and Latino youth in STEM-related fields.

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Open Source for ...Bad?

We spend a lot of time talking about Open Source for Good but what about Open Source for Bad? It's easy to believe that open source is naturally 'good' because it's 'free' and 'open', but this powerful tool can be used for ill-advised reasons too. As contributors, we have the ability to shape the role that open source plays in helping to move humankind forward. Let's discuss how to do that and what that looks like. With Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning developing at a faster rate than many of us could have imagined, it's invaluable to examine how technology can be used for negative reasons.

Bianca Escalante

Senior Manager, Social Impact, GitHub

Bianca is a Senior Manager on GitHub’s Social Impact team where she spends most of her time overseeing the company’s local engagement initiatives and advocating for accessibility, inclusion and diversity across multiple sectors of the company. Her intersectional lens paired with her experience in tech has broadened her expertise on how to create and foster diverse and inclusive environments both online and in the real world. Prior to joining GitHub in 2015, she spent 18 years working in the nonprofit sector, mostly with organizations that provided educational opportunities for Black and Latino youth in STEM-related fields.

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