Coded Bias Panel Discussion: Digital Bias, Diversity and Development
Thursday 11 February, 5.00 – 6.30pm (GMT) )
Online event (full event details)
Speakers: Kate Meagher, Hellen Mukiri-Smith and Deborah James
Hosted by the Department of International Development at LSE
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?
A film screening of Coded Bias (LSE Staff and Students only) will be followed by a panel-led discussion (online public event) 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?