"We have an intrinsic value. We only derive it from interaction with each other. We're owed an equity stake in that value that comes from us. We Owe Us."
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James Felton Keith, affectionately known as JFK, is an award winning engineer and economist who was the first Black member of the LGBTQ community to run for US Congress. As an author and ethnographer of technology he defined data as a natural resource and is also a founding editor of the Anthem Press Ethics of Personal Data Collection series. He also hosts a weekly radio show on WHCR 90.3FM, Inclusionism about the global movement for inclusion.
JFK has incubated the data industry via his founding of the The Data Union and Personal Data Week conferences. He and his institutions have either written, consulted on, or influenced all of the global cyber policy during the 2010s years. A serial-entrepreneur, he has founded multiple companies across the InsurTech FinTech and AdTech sectors. Most notably: Slay TV, Accrue.com, and Cyberfense. His expertise is in the ethnography of technology, or the study of the culture of tech. Over the past 20 years between 4 continents he has been obsessing about economic inclusion, and how to get equity in the hands of the people who have increasingly less, while the world becomes more productive from their input.
Working between government and business he regularly says “it’s necessary to have the mind of a CEO and the heart of a Social Worker to solve real people's problems”. His career transitioned after founding an LGBT Chamber of Commerce and the "Pride Nights" at the four Big Box American sports franchises: NBA, NHL, MLB, & NFL. James has been appointed to the cabinet of Elected Officials, taken over for and advised CEOs, Academics, Governments, and Non-profiteers.
He currently serves on the boards at Rutgers University, Black & Latino LGBTQ Coalition, Copenhagen 2021 World Pride, the Democratic National Committee, and is an elected member of the New York County Democratic Committee. JFK advises multiple governments and is a frequent keynote at global venues like the United Nations, Future Tech Congress, Data Protection World Forum, Money 20/20, and Hope Global Forums to name a few. He has been honored as one of the UN's International Young Leaders Assembly members, the United Kingdom’s Technology & Investment Financial Technology Delegation, an IBM Global Entrepreneur, the US Department of Homeland Security, and multiple 40 under 40 notices.