Mr David Ryan Polgar

Mr David Ryan Polgar

Tech ethicist & Founder, All Tech is Human

United States

David Ryan Polgar is a pioneering tech ethicist who paved the way for hotly-debated issues around Facebook, AI ethics, unintended consequences, digital wellbeing, and what it means to be human in the digital age.

David is the founder of All Tech Is Human, an American organization that unites technologists, academics, policymakers, advocates, organizational leaders, and other interested parties to tackle difficult tech/societal problems. All Tech Is Human aims for a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to tackling thorny tech issues and giving citizens greater participation in the process. With a background as an attorney and educator, he is an advocate for co-creating a more thoughtful future towards technology. David recently released a digital citizenship class for adults (Skillshare) and a tech ethics hub for college students (Cengage). He is an advisor for Hack Mental Health, the Technology and Adolescent Mental Wellness (TAM) program, and #ICANHELP, and is committed to bringing together organizations, advocates, students, academia, government, and industry to better collaborate on the major societal issues emerging tech has presented.

David has appeared on CBS This Morning, BBC World News, Fast Company, SiriusXM, Associated Press, LA Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Post’s “Can He Do That?” podcast, and many others. He is a frequent writer and global speaker (3-time TEDx, Harvard Business School, Princeton University, The School of The New York Times, The Next Web) focused on building a better web.

Framing the future

Main Stage

Emerging technologies are revolutionising the way we go about our daily lives. In the future, this will have a huge impact on our communication, mental well-being, and the health of our democracies. Yet only a small fraction of us understand and are able to influence how emerging technologies are created and deployed. What are the risks associated with these developments and how should we move forward?