#btconf Düsseldorf, Germany 13 - 14 May 2024

Laura Kalbag

Laura Kalbag is a British designer living in Ireland and has worked in tech for over 15 years doing UX and content design, front-end development, and technical writing. She wrote the book Accessibility For Everyone from A Book Apart and is co-founder of Small Technology Foundation. Small Technology Foundation is a tiny two-person-and-one-husky not-for-profit organisation that works on initiatives to build and advocate for small technology that respects our rights.

Small Technology: Building Tech That Respects Our Rights

The technology we use tracks and captures our every move, habit, and facial expression. We’ve been taught surveillance is the only way we can create modern technology, and that our personal information is merely used to improve our experiences. Instead, we see data about us being used to perpetuate systems of oppression and discrimination. Being creators who are also users, we also have to reckon with how we both contribute to this surveillance system and are exploited by it. We can do better. In this talk, we’ll explore a few practical ways to design technology that prioritises human welfare. And how we can use whatever power we have to build towards a better future.