(WORKING COPY) Coded Bias
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Coded Bias, a thought-provoking PBS Digital Studios series embarks upon a journey that exposes a disturbing truth.
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.
Stay for the live stream Q&A discussion following the documentary, moderated by Director and producer, Shalini Kantayya.
This event is hosted by Indie Lens Pop-Up in collaboration with Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College, Bud Werner Memorial Library, City of Mesa, Data & Society, Durango Public Library, Georgia Public Broadcasting, Global Peace Film Festival, Hawai‘i Women in Filmmaking, Kansas City Public Library, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Panhandle PBS, PBS Hawai‘i, Red River Theatres, Tillotson Center, and Yale Film Archive.
With support from ITVS, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS.
About 'Coded Bias'
Directed by Shalini Kantayya
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 artificial intelligence (AI). As it turns out, algorithms, data, and computers are not neutral. From facial scanning used for policing and surveillance to automated HR systems that mirror and magnify workplace prejudices, these technologies are created with fundamentally biased building blocks. Emboldened by these troubling discoveries, Buolamwini goes on to start the Algorithmic Justice League and joins a group of pioneering women to shed a light on the underlying biases in the technology that shapes our lives and threatens our democracy.
'Coded Bias' will air and stream on PBS's Independent Lens on March 22 at 10/9c.
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Filmmaker Shalini Kantanna introduces Coded Bias
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Racial bias in facial recognition algorithms — MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini makes a startling discovery, and fallout ensues.
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- Shalini Kantayya
Director and producer Shalini Kantayya’s feature documentary, Coded Bias, premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. She directed an episode of the National Geographic television series Breakthrough (Ron Howard, executive producer) broadcast globally in 2017. Her debut feature film, Catching the Sun (Leonardo DiCaprio, executive producer), premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival and was named a New York Times Critics’ Pick. Catching the Sun was released globally on Netflix on Earth Day 2016 and was nominated for the Environmental Media Association Award for Best Documentary. Kantayya is a TED Fellow, a Fulbright Scholar, and a finalist for the ABC Disney DGA Directing Program. She is an associate of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
- Timnit Gebru
Timnit Gebru is co-author of the research paper “Gender Shades” and a research collaborator with the Algorithmic Justice League. A graduate of Stanford, she has worked at Apple and Microsoft and was the technical co-lead of Google’s Ethical AI Team. She co-founded Black in AI, a professional group that supports inclusion in the tech industry.
- Malkia Devich-Cyril
Malkia Devich-Cyril is an award winning writer and public speaker on issues of digital rights, narrative power, Black liberation and collective grief; as well as the lead founder and former Executive Director of MediaJustice — a national hub boldly advancing racial justice, rights and dignity in a digital age. After more than 10 years of organizational leadership, Devich-Cyril now serves as a Senior Fellow at Media Justice.
The views and opinions expressed in this online screening are those of the presenters and participants, and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of ITVS, public broadcasting, or any entities hosting the screening.