March 10, 2020
Note: Please be advised that this episode contains sensitive content.
Our latest episode features John Tanagho and Amanda Vohs from International Justice Mission (IJM). IJM is a nonprofit working with government and international law enforcement to combat online sexual exploitation of children (OSEC). In a powerful conversation with ATN host Paul Taylor, John and Amanda discuss their work at IJM and technology. Specifically, they delve into ways technology is used for good and evil; the benefits and challenges of creating more ethical technology; and the intricate connection between technology and human relationships. Listen in to hear more about IJM's work to set children free from OSEC, and how technology can promote a more just world for all.
John Tanagho serves as the Field Office Director for International Justice Mission in Cebu, the Philippines where he leads the team to combat online sexual exploitation of children (OSEC) by partnering with government and international law enforcement to strengthen the justice system. Through partnerships with law enforcement, prosecution and aftercare agencies, IJM supported the Philippine government in rescuing 560 victims, arresting 235 suspects and securing 73 convictions in OSEC cases (as of 2019). John is developing the next phase of IJM’s OSEC program through a global center to scale justice system solutions that protect children from OSEC globally, including through technology industry partnerships. John speaks internationally and is interviewed by international media on OSEC. Before joining IJM, John worked as a lawyer in Chicago for six years at a large law firm, specializing in complex civil litigation and white-collar internal investigations. He received his law degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law and undergraduate degrees in Philosophy and Psychology from Roger Williams University.
Amanda Vohs serves as the Director of Strategic Partnerships, and is responsible for building the network of partners that fuel the work of IJM. Before joining IJM in 2016, Amanda worked in sales and project management in the tech field throughout the US and globally. With a Master’s Degree in Conflict Resolution, she wrote her thesis in Uganda, focusing on the use of children in armed conflict. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children.
October 14, 2019
We're excited to share this conversation with Tim Berglund, Director of Developer Relations at Confluent. Confluent has developed technology that processes data as event streams in real-time. In this episode, ATN host Paul Taylor and Tim explore how this revolutionary data paradigm affects our identity, both online and offline. Do we actually exist, or does stuff just happen to shape our existence? How do data change the way we perceive ourselves or want others to perceive us? If we don't have data recorded, does that mean we actually did anything? Listen in for these thought-provoking questions and more.
Tim serves the Lord Jesus Christ as a technology leader, father, husband, and church elder. He works as the director of the Developer Relations team at a Silicon Valley startup, where he is able to speak frequently at conferences, create developer-targeted training videos, and provide a place for the people on his team to grow in their own callings. He also serves as a Ruling Elder and occasional adult Sunday School teacher at Skyview Presbyterian Church in Centennial, CO. He tweets as @tlberglund, blogs very occasionally at http://timberglund.com, and lives in Littleton, CO with the wife of his youth, with whom he is grateful to have three adult children.
March 19, 2019
In episode 5, Paul Taylor from allthingsnew.tech speaks with Andrew Laffoon, CEO and Co-Founder of Mixbook. Their conversation spans several topics around the powerful theology of images, remembering, and memorials. Mixbook allows customers to create a real physical memento to capture, celebrate, and remember an experience. Paul and Andrew talk about how this desire to remember, not just as individuals, but in community has deep resonance through the Old Testament Scriptures. Images are powerful tools, but they can also be dangerous. Listen in on how technology can be used to activate the power of images while protecting against some of the danger.
Prior to founding Mixbook, Andrew received a BS in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of California, Berkeley. He started coding at the age of 10 and started his first company at age 15. After hoping to disrupt the High School yearbook industry, he co-founded Mixbook to enable the collaborative creation of photo books online. Andrew has been recognized by Inc Magazine's "30 Under 30" list of entrepreneurs and Forbes Magazine's "America's Most Promising CEOs Under 35".
January 16, 2019
In episode 3, Paul Taylor speaks with Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMWare. They will talk about the difference between what is virtual and real and how technology can be used for the glory of God. Pat shares the various areas where technology can empower us as we look forward and they discuss what kinds of theological implications those technologies carry with them. We hope you enjoy the conversation.
Pat has served as the CEO of VMWAre since 2012. Prior to joining VMWare, he worked as President and COO at EMC. Pat has almost four decades of experience working in the technology industry. He began his career at Intel, and has the honor of the being the architect of the original 486 processor. Pat and his wife Linda have four children and live in the Bay Area. He regularly speaks about the intersection of faith and work. His book The Juggling Act: Bringing Balance to Faith, Work, and Family is a helpful guide to achieving the balance so many of us find elusive.