MPT's Indie Lens Pop-Up: Coded Bias

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March 8, 2021
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Welcome to our online edition of Indie Lens Pop-Up.

About the Film: When MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini discovers that many facial recognition technologies fail more often on darker-skinned faces or the faces of women than others, she delves into an investigation of widespread bias in the technology that shapes 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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69min 49sec



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    Katie Shilton


    Katie Shilton is an associate professor in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research explores ethics and policy for the design of information technologies. She is the PI of the PERVADE project, a multi-campus collaboration focused on big data research ethics. Other projects include developing privacy-sensitive search for email collections; analyzing ethical cultures in computer security research; and building tools to facilitate ethics discussions in mobile application development. Her work has been supported by a Google Faculty Award and multiple awards from the U.S. National Science Foundation. Katie received a B.A. from Oberlin College, a Master of Library and Information Science from UCLA, and a Ph.D. in Information Studies from UCLA.

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    Leshell Hatley, Ph.D.


    Leshell Hatley, an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Coppin State University in Baltimore, MD. Her research includes topics such as artificial intelligence, robotics, and culturally relevant computer science/engineering education. She and her students won the 2016 USA White House HBCU Maker & Innovation Challenge. Before joining the Coppin State Community in 2016, she led Uplift, Inc. as the Founding Executive Director, a 501c3 nonprofit STEAM education organization. Uplift established the first mobile app development course for teens in the US is one of the organizations to establish the current robotics education ecosystem in Washington, DC.

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