Coded Bias Indie Lens
Coded Bias Indie Lens

Screening & Filmmaker Talk: Coded Bias

Thursday, March 18, 2021 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
  • Virtual Event -- Access Info Below
As it turns out, artificial intelligence is not neutral: An Indie Lens Pop-Up film & conversation about facial-recognition software.

Join us for a special Indie Lens Pop-Up interactive live chat and online screening of Coded Bias, featuring a talkback with film protagonist Joy Buolamwini, a computer scientist and digital activist based at the MIT Media Lab. We’ll also hear from a group of pioneering women in technology, as they share their journeys and discuss ways to increase inclusion of women and people of color working in the tech industry.  

When MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini discovers that most facial-recognition software does not accurately identify darker-skinned faces or the faces of women, she delves into an investigation of widespread bias in algorithms. As it turns out, artificial intelligence (AI) is 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 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.

RSVP at the link above for free access with your email address. This is a live virtual event on the OVEE platform, and detailed instructions will come in your confirmation email. The panel discussion will not be available for later viewing. Please use Chrome or Firefox for best results in your viewing.

This event is hosted by Indie Lens Pop-Up, in collaboration with Algorithmic Justice League, 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/KACV, PBS Hawai‘i, Red River Theatres, Rollins College, Tillotson Center, and Yale Film Archive.

With support from ITVS, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS.

Run Time: 

88 min.

About Indie Lens Pop-Up

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