"He's leading the thought-cavalry on how to explore our vast tech frontier and use it for good. If you don't know his work, you should." -Shelley Prevost, Inc.com

 

 

AS FEATURED

CBS This Morning, BBC World News, Fast Company, SiriusXM, Los Angeles Times, New York Daily News, USA Today, Engadget, EuropaMagazin, Dukascopy TV, Boston Globe, Associated Press, San Francisco Chronicle, TNW, CNN.com, The Guardian, AdWeek, Deutsche Welle, Sydney Morning Herald, .Mic, Circa, Newsy Television, OZY, Techworld, Mad Life with Andrew Shue, BBC.com, HuffPost Live, Entrepreneur.com, Metro, Futurism.com, Quartz, New York Post, FoxNews.com, Experience Life magazine, Forbes.com, New York Observer, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, TheWrap, VentureBeat, The Washington Post's "Can He Do That?" podcast, and many more.

 

Previous Speaking

3-time TEDx, Harvard Business School, Princeton University, The School of The New York Times, TechChill (Latvia), FutureNow Conference (Slovakia), TNW (Amsterdam), Future Health Summit (Dublin), and many more.

 

Latest Press

Latest Writing 

 

Next Speaking

  • All Tech Is Human: San Francisco |  Sept 21

  • The University of Northern Colorado | Greely, CO | Oct 3

  • SOCi conference | Austin | Nov 5

  • All Tech Is Human: NYC | Nov 9

  • Amplify Oshkosh | Wisconsin | Nov 15 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TECH ETHICIST & DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP EXPERT

David Ryan Polgar is a leading voice in the areas of tech ethics, digital citizenship, and tech balance/digital wellness. He is a tech writer (IBM thinkLeaders, Quartz, Dell Perspectives), global speaker, and regular media commentator for national & international press. Polgar is the co-host/co-creator of Funny as Tech, a NYC-based bi-monthly live panel show & weekly podcast that tackles the thorniest issues in technology. He recently launched All Tech Is Human, which is an accelerator for tech change and serves as a hub for the thoughtful tech movement. On Oct 20th 2018, All Tech Is Human: A Summit on Ethical Tech was held in NYC. Four events are being held in 2019, including an event in San Francisco on Sept 21 and NYC on Nov 9. Polgar recently developed a digital citizenship class for adults, and a tech ethics hub for college students.

PIONEERING IDEAS

On the forefront of issues related to tech ethics, digital citizenship, and tech balance. Founder of All Tech Is Human, which held its ethical tech summit in NYC on Oct 20th and has four events in 2019.

SPEAKING

3-time TEDx, The School of The New York Times, TNW Conference (Amsterdam), Harvard Business School, Princeton, Future Health Summit (Dublin), FutureNow conference (Bratislava), TechChill (Latvia)

WRITING

Contributing writer for IBM thinkLeaders, Big Think, Quartz, and Dell Perspectives.

MEDIA COMMENTARY

Frequently providing insight and perspective on emerging trends and tips on the various ways social media & tech is impacting us. Available for TV, radio, podcast, print, and online. 

 HIGHLIGHTS:

 

-Pioneering Tech Ethicist and digital citizenship expert

 

-Tech journalist for IBM thinkLeaders, Dell Perspectives, Big Think, and Quartz (read HERE). 

 

-Co-creator/co-host of Funny as Techa NYC-based monthly live panel show and weekly podcast that tackles the thorniest issues in tech. Past guests have included Douglas Rushkoff, Manoush Zomorodi, Baratunde Thurston, x.ai's Dennis Mortensen, CNN's Laurie Segall, diversity advocate Tracy Chou, author Nir Eyal, ConsenSys founder Joe Lubin, CNET's Bridget Carey, and comedian Chuck Nice. Exploring topics such as trolls, tech ethics, diversity in tech, the future of communication, VR & AR, and so much more. 

 

-Founder of the All Tech Is Human, which aims to better align the business interests and human interests around social media, smartphones, and emerging tech. The goal of technology should make use better informed and happier--not the opposite. The first event was held on March 29, 2018 at Grand Central Tech with the following panel: CNN's Laurie Segall, NPR's Anya Kamenetz, Center for Humane Technology's Max Stossel, and David Ryan Polgar. Listen HERE  All Tech Is Human: A Summit for Ethical Tech was recently held on Saturday, October 20th in Manhattan at ThoughtWorks, and was supported by the Tech and Society Solutions Lab at Omidyar Network. [Videos here.]. Four events will be held throughout the United States in 2019, including the next ethical tech summit on Nov 9th in NYC.

 

-Created an accessible tech ethics hub for college students & faculty alongside Cengage Learning. The presents an entry point for college students to think more deeply and critically about the creation and deployment of technologies. 

 

-Developed a digital citizenship class for adults, created and filmed by Skillshare. 

 

-Advisory member for the Technology and Adolescent Mental Wellness (TAM) program.

 

-Researching bot/human interaction, being led by Dr. Michelle Drouin at Indiana University. Read some of the initial findings about the research HERE.

 

-Advisor for the Hack Mental Health, which held a "reverse hackathon" a hackathon on June 9, 2018 to propose solutions for making current tech more humane.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-Partnership with Virtue, an ethical tech consultancy that provides due diligence company overviews and risk assessments. Ensuring that ethical thinking is embedded into the company DNA.

 

-Board member for the CA non-profit #ICANHELP, which held first annual #Digital4Good conference at Twitter HQ and has its upcoming event in September in San Fran (livestreamed).

 

-A leader in the tech balance movement; popularized the phrase Mental Obesity and developed the Mental Food Plate (holistic method of information consumption). Gave a TEDx on the Fall of 2013 on topic. Previous work at the Center for Internet and Technology Addiction. Co-creator of the popular Digital Distraction Test.

 

-Co-founded the global Digital Citizenship Summit (launched in CT in Oct 2015--held at Twitter HQ in Oct 2016 with CNN's Kelly Wallace emceeing and speakers from Australia, India, Spain, and more. Partners included Common Sense, National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE), Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI), ConnectSafely, #ICANHELP, CyberWise, iKeepSafe, and NetSmartz.

 

-Unique positioning at the intersection of industry, non-profits, and education. Rare insight into trends, with a deep and diverse network of advisers. 

 

-Background as an attorney and college professor. 

 

-Sought out for the "human side" of tech, often at the intersection of business and tech. Co-created Humanizing Your Brand with ad agency imre. Hosted the recent CoreConnect: Marketing Made Human (NYC; SVA Theater).

 

-Outside of keynote talks and co-hosting Funny as Tech (live show and podcast), often serve as a host for technology events. Hosted the 2nd annual Social Media Safety in Schools (San Franciso), CoreConnect: Marketing Made Human (NYC), and the Games for Change Awards (NYC; The New School).