KIXE PBS presents: Coded Bias

March 18, 2021
7:00pm Pacific Time
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Welcome to the KIXE PBS premiere of Coded Bias, part of Independent Lens' IL PopUp film and discussion series

By Shalini Kantayya

When MIT researcher Joy Buolamwini discovers that most facial-recognition software does not accurately identify darker-skinned faces and the faces of women, she delves into an investigation of widespread bias in algorithms that shapes the technology in our lives.

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Filmmaker Introduction

Filmmaker Shalini Kantanna introduces Coded Bias

Coded Bias - Indie Lens Pop-Up

Racial bias in facial recognition algorithms — MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini makes a startling discovery, and fallout ensues.

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120 minutes



  • Myriam Kalmogho

    Myriam is a Shasta County resident. She is a first generation immigrant from Burkina Faso and a mother of two girls. Myriam has over 15 years of experience in cultural reciprocity, community organizing, sustainability, activism, and social change. She is passionate about equity and inclusion and is specializing in innovation and systemic change. She is a Student Services Specialist at Shasta College and is also the founder of Reciproka an organization that works in culture, education and the environment.

  • Lori McNeill

    Lori McNeill is a mission-driven professional with extensive marketing technology experience and a passion for social good projects. She holds degrees in Materials Engineering and Management. She began her professional career developing materials for space vehicle applications at the NASA Ames Research Center and ultimately extended her expertise to helping Fortune 500 companies understand and optimize their investment in the digital world through data analytics. Currently, she stays connected to NASA as a Space Apps Ambassador for the world's largest hackathon, the NASA Space Apps Challenge. As an analytics consultant, she belongs to the Digital Analytics Association and is a founding committee member of the industry's only awards program, the Quanties. Lori is the founding director of the Civic Hacker Network and the Civic Hacker Summit, a community and virtual conference that celebrates people using data and technology for civic and social good. She is passionate about STEM educational outreach and the potential data science holds for addressing issues in her community. She is developing an Educator Portal with resources to support bringing civic engagement, data literacy, and analytics concepts into the K-12 classroom, and has served as an ambassador for The Global Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference, which aims to inspire and educate data scientists worldwide, regardless of gender, and support women in the field. Lori is a mother of two young children and serves her community as a member of the Society of Women Engineers, cabinet member of The Women's Fund, board member of the Shasta chapter of the California State Foster Parent Association, and participant in the Shasta Beloved Community and Shasta Equal Justice Coalition. She is also a founding member of the organizing committee for the Ignite Opportunity STEM Career Day event serving 9th graders from across the nine North State counties.

  • Robin Donatello

    Associate Professor of Statistics at CSU Chico

  • Shelby Chase

    Shelby Chase is the founder of an HR firm in Chico and has taught in the College of Business at Chico State. She holds a BS in Business Administration with a focus in HR Management, and an MBA with a focus in Management and Leadership. She is the current President of the ACLU of Butte County, Chair of the Human Relations Network of Butte County, a Mentor at Chico Start, served as the Chair of the Lecturers Council on the Academic Senate, and is an active Rotarian. She is also the proud Mother of a Labradoodle, Gilbert Roverson and a Corgi, Boris Getz.

  • Myriam Kalmogho

  • Shelby

  • Lori

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