Engineer Economist Ethnographer Ethicist Entrepreneur


James Felton Keith is an award winning engineer, economist, and ethnographer who defined #PersonalData as personhood. Via the Keith Institute, he’s incubated the Personal Data Trade Association & Personal Data Week. He is building a global ecosystem of cyber insurance and defense technology via Cyberfense. A Co-Founder of Accrue Inc, the IBM Watson backed FinTech (financial technology) firm, and Slay. the Queer TV Network, he specializes in the ethnography of technology and economic inclusion. Formerly CEO of the LGBT Chamber of Commerce and a Mayoral Technology Appointee in Detroit, JFK currently contributes to boards at oSTEM, OUT & Equal, Lifeboat Foundation, Harlem Center, and Democratic National Committee. He is also one of the United Kingdom Technology & Investment FinTech Delegation, and an IBM Global Entrepreneur.

JFK’s current efforts are rooted in including more people in the normal economy.

As an Ethnographer of Technology I think that we create better products, services, and policy when observing our culture. It’s important to note that tech comes in 3 rigid forms: methodologies, hardware or things we can touch, and software or things we cannot touch. Think of the oldest tech as language, hammers, and fire.