SDS September Webinar Series

September 18, 2020 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

In the spirit of connection and virtual collaboration, the School of Data Science is thrilled to announce a free webinar series highlighting pressing inequality and ethical issues in data science.

From everyday apps to complex algorithms, technology has the potential to hide, speed, and deepen discrimination, while appearing neutral and even benevolent when compared to racist practices of a previous era. 

Join the School of Data Science and Dr. Ruha Benjamin, as she explores a range of discriminatory designs that encode inequity -- what she terms the “New Jim Code.” This presentation takes us into the world of biased bots, altruistic algorithms, and their many entanglements, and provides conceptual tools to decode tech promises with historically and sociologically-informed skepticism. In doing so, Ruha challenges us to question not only the technologies we are sold, but also the ones we manufacture ourselves.

Each webinar will consist of a presentation featuring a keynote speaker from the original 2020 conference schedule. Tentative topics and dates include: 

  • Racial Injustice and Inequality In Applications of Data Science featuring Analytics Frontiers keynote speaker, Dr. Ruha Benjamin, Associate Professor at Princeton University, and founder of the IDA B. WELLS Just Data Lab - Friday, September 18th, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m


  • Data Science in the Fight for Civil Liberties Featuring WiDS keynote Lucia Tian, Chief Analytics Officer at the ACLU - Friday, October 16th, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. 


  • Data Analytics In the Intelligence Community Panel Discussion, featuring Analytics Frontiers keynote speaker, Lieutenant General Robert P. Ashley, Director of the DIA, and Dr. Barbara Stevens, former Head of Data Science for the CIA - November 20th, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
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