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Your Search Algorithm is Political
Artificial intelligence is a human rights issue in the 21st century. Data scientists and engineers work outside the context of the civil and human rights abuses that algorithms foster. STEM education provides little engagement with issues giving future developers tools or stake in these issues. In this talk, Safiya Noble, Assistant Professor in the Annenberg School of Communication at USC, will provide evidence from her book, Algorithms of Oppression about Google Search, the way it misrepresents people and communities, and the harm that comes from these algorithmic practices – practices designed and implemented by humans. She underscores the role of search engines and other decision making systems of its ilk in contributing to oppression and racist marginalization. With artificial intelligence must come accountability.

Sponsored by the African American Studies Program, Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research (Edna Saffy Lecture Series), College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Department of Computer & Information Science & Engineering (Infotech Speaker Series).

Oct 21, 2020 06:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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