WTTW Screening: Coded Bias
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Join WTTW for a screening and community conversation of Coded Bias, an Indie Lens Pop-Up 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
After the screening, Sylvia Ewing, who can be seen on WTTW and around the country, as an on-air television host for PBS fundraising specials will moderate the online conversation with community and thought leaders. Sylvia will be joined by Ruha Benjamin, Ph.D. (Princeton University Professor, African American Studies and Director, Ida B. Wells JUST Data Lab), Leah Castleberry (Founder & Chief Strategist, LYC Strategies, LLC) and Marcelo De Santis (Executive Advisor at ThoughtWorks). The panel will discuss the underlying biases in AI technology that shapes our lives and threatens our democracy. and practical steps that can be taken to address these biases.
This event is free, but RSVP below is required.
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.
- Anne Gleason
- Sylvia Ewing
Sylvia Ewing (Moderator), is a Director at the nonprofit organization Elevate Energy. Sylvia has worked on both sides of the microphone, helping nonprofits communicate effectively, implement strategic plans, manage change, and produce events and as an award-winning journalist. She was formerly an adjunct professor at Columbia College Chicago, teaching courses on Leadership and Management in the Business and Entrepreneurship Department. Sylvia has developed accessible affordable housing and worked for positive change in reproductive rights, and in public education. As a consultant she has produced videos, successful public and private events at venues around the city, and raised significant revenue for her clients and employers. Sylvia can be seen on WTTW and around the country as an on-air television host for PBS fundraising specials. Sylvia is an inductee in The History Makers African American archives for media and the author of Comfort and Joy: Stories of Hope Meditations for Happiness. Sylvia, along with her daughter Eve Ewing are the 2020 Illinois Humanities Public Humanities Award Recipients
- Ruha Benjamin
Ruha Benjamin is Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, Founding Director of the Ida B. Wells Just Data Lab, and author of the award-winning book Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code among many other publications. Her work investigates the social dimensions of science, medicine, and technology with a focus on the relationship between innovation and inequity, health and justice, knowledge and power. Professor Benjamin is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including from the American Council of Learned Societies, National Science Foundation, Institute for Advanced Study, and the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton.
- Leah Y. Castleberry
Leah Y. Castleberry is a technologist, business strategist, researcher, and tech equity advocate. She currently serves as the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Technology Fellow in partnership with Google. Through her work as a public interest technologist, she is exploring the ways in which innovative technologies can be used to create a more equitable future for marginalized communities and advocating for a more diversified innovation economy. Previously, Leah worked as a Tech Policy Analyst for Black Tech Mecca, Inc. and Senior Consultant for IBM Global Business Services’ Watson Cognitive and Analytics division. While at IBM, she worked as Certified Scrum Master (CSM, Scrum Alliance), Design Thinking and Watson 101 instructor. Leah is the Founder & Chief Strategist of LYC Strategies, LLC and is passionate about using her business acumen to support entrepreneurs and small business owners in achieving their business goals. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree in International Business from Howard University and a Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree from The University of Chicago. She is a proud native of Chicago’s South Side, loves to travel, and is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.
- Marcelo De Santis
Marcelo is Executive Advisor at ThoughtWorks, in this role he works with executives to shape and advance their digital transformation and corporate innovation strategies. As an ICF certified executive coach he is committed to unleash the potential of technology leaders and entrepreneurs. Prior to joining ThoughtWorks, he was Chief Information Officer of Mondelez and Pirelli. Marcelo serves on the Boards of UNICEF, Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC) and Angeles Investors.
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.