Kat Zhou

Creator | <Design Ethically>

Best Zoom cameos by her very good dog
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Kat (she/her) is the creator of <Design Ethically>.

<Design Ethically> started out as a framework for applying ethics to the design process and has now grown into a toolkit of speculative activities that help teams forecast the consequences of their products. 

She has worked in the tech industry for years and serves on the board of advisors for the YX Foundation, a hybrid coalition-design lab focused on the intersections of AI/ML and critical race theory. 

Due to her work with <Design Ethically>, she has spoken at events hosted by the European Parliament (2022) and the US Federal Trade Commission (2021), as well as an assortment of tech conferences. She has also guest lectured at various institutions, such as Harvard University (Spring 2021, Fall 2021) and Duke University (2019). Kat has been quoted in the BBC, WIRED, Fast Company, Protocol, and Tech Policy Press. 

Outside of work, Kat is pursuing a Master’s degree in AI Ethics and Society at the University of Cambridge, with the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence. She lives in Stockholm with her adopted husky, where you can find them running around town.

Currently listening to:
on their summer reading list:
Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism by Safiya Umoja Noble