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This article was published on July 20, 2017


What affect is tech having on society? An interview with Yael Eisenstat

What affect is tech having on society? An interview with Yael Eisenstat
Chris Ward
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Berlin based technical writer and editor who loves to explain complex concepts and interesting ideas to anyone who’s willing to listen. Berlin based technical writer and editor who loves to explain complex concepts and interesting ideas to anyone who’s willing to listen.

Yael Eisenstat has an interesting past. She ‘came out’ as a long term CIA employee in January 2017 after Donald Trump delivered a poorly received speech in front of the C.I.A. Memorial Wall.

She didn’t intend to be sensationalist or release state secrets like some previous ex-secret service employees who revealed their identity, rather she had had enough of Trumps stream of insults to her country and hoped that her actions could make a difference. She has advised vice-presidents and major corporate companies and now works at New York University as an adjunct professor.

Whilst at the eccentric and eclectic Tech Open Air in Berlin, I spoke with Yael to discuss technology, its impact on society, and we, or tech companies can and should do about it.