Feb 11, 2021
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
London School of Economics Departments of International Development
In the award-winning film, Coded Bias, MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini discovered that most facial-recognition software misidentifies women and darker-skinned faces. This discovery drove her to push the US government to address the far-reaching dangers of bias in a technology that is steadily encroaching on our lives. Centring the voices of women seeking to protect civil rights, Coded Bias asks: how is Artificial Intelligence affecting our liberties, and what are the consequences for groups caught on the wrong side of encoded digital bias?
The panel-led discussion will be on issues of digital bias in contemporary development processes. With the rapid rise of new technologies in employment, governance, security, and trade, how are racial and gender bias in digital systems affecting rights and regulatory autonomy globally? Are there efforts to shield digital bias from scrutiny? What can be done to address its problematic implications for labour, civil rights, and initiatives to decolonize development?
Deborah James, Director of International Programs at the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), and coordinates the global Our World Is Not for Sale (OWINFS) network. She was formerly the Director of the WTO Program at Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, the Global Economy Director at Global Exchange, and the Executive Director of the Venezuela Information Office.
Hellen Mukiri-Smith: PhD Researcher, Global Data Justice, at Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology & Society, Tilburg University, and former development policy consultant for the Government of The Bahamas in the Office of The Prime Minister. She previously taught Poverty law and International law at The University of the Bahamas/University of the West Indies law program, and has practiced corporate and commercial law.
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