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Registration Open for Free Two-Day Online Event Bias Out of the Box (Feb. 26-27, Friday-Saturday)

(via Mackenzie Salisbury, School of the Art Institute of Chicago)

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago is sponsoring a free two-day online event, Bias Out of the Box. It will take place on Friday, February 26, and Saturday, February 27. Participants will explore answers to the questions “What does it mean when artificial intelligence (AI) increasingly governs our liberties? And what are the consequences for the people AI is biased against?” Full details and registration are available here.

In preparation for the event, participants are asked to watch Coded Bias before February 26. Rent a streaming version of the film here, or check with your librarian for access.

The meeting schedule is below.

  • Coded Bias Documentary Discussion: A Conversation with Director and Producer Shalini Kantayya”–Friday, February 26, at 6:30 PM CDT (a link to the event will accompany conference registration).
    • Join us for a conversation with Coded Bias director Shalini Kantayya. The documentary premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and explores the fallout of MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini´s startling discovery that facial recognition does not see dark-skinned faces and women accurately. The film also examines her journey to push for the first-ever legislation in the U.S. to govern against bias in the algorithms that impact us all.
  • “Algorithmic Activists Panel: A Conversation with Brandi Geurkink + Freddy Martinez”–Sunday, February 27, at 2:00 PM CDT (a link to the event will accompany conference registration)
    • Join us for a conversation with two individuals on the front lines-breaking algorithmic black boxes open and working with organizations to document algorithms and challenge their integrity. Brandi Geurkink is Senior Campaigner at Mozilla Foundation where she leads Mozilla’s advocacy work on countering disinformation and tech platform accountability. Freddy Martinez is the Director of Lucy Parsons Labs, a collaboration between data scientists, transparency activists, artists, & technologists that operates in Chicago and the San Francisco Bay Area.

This series is made possible by Netizen.org and the John M. Flaxman Library, the Art + Technology Studies department, along with the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion of Academic Affairs at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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