Hello, every­one. My name is Brenda Williams and I’m the Assistant to the Chair in Design Media Arts at UCLA. I’d like to wel­come every­one to Biased Data, a Panel Discussion on Intersectionality and Internet Ethics. Biased Data was cre­at­ed as a response to inequal­i­ty and bias in Internet cul­ture and oth­er net­work tech­nolo­gies. While many aca­d­e­m­ic dis­ci­plines acknowl­edge social inequal­i­ty in the real world, lit­tle work has been done on how these cul­tur­al par­a­digms bleed into online life. The pan­el will be mod­er­at­ed by Johanna Hedva and Casey Reas.

Casey Reas is an artist and edu­ca­tor based in Los Angeles. He has exhib­it­ed, screened, and per­formed his work in gal­leries and muse­ums around the world. Reas is a pro­fes­sor at the University of California Los Angeles in the Department of Design Media Arts. He holds a master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in media arts and sci­ences, as well as a bachelor’s degree from the School of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati. With Ben Fry, Reas ini­ti­at­ed Processing in 2001.

Johanna Hedva is a writer and artist from Los Angeles. She makes nov­els, plays, per­for­mances, poet­ry, the­o­ry, and crit­i­cism in the forms of books and text, with oth­er peo­ple in space and time, and/or as visu­al objects. She got an MFA in Art, and an MA in aes­thet­ics and pol­i­tics from the California Institute of the Arts. Her work with the Processing Foundation is moti­vat­ed by her polit­i­cal activism in inter­sec­tion­al fem­i­nism, anti white suprema­cy anti‐capitalism, and for the rights of queer, trans, differently‐abled, and neu­roatyp­i­cal peo­ple from all back­grounds.

Our three pan­elists tonight are UCLA Information Studies pro­fes­sor Safiya Noble, whose research focus­es on the inter­sec­tion of transna­tion­al cul­ture and tech­nol­o­gy on the Internet, and is cur­rent­ly writ­ing a book about Google and infor­ma­tion bias; Informations doc­tor­al stud­ies stu­dent Marika Cifor, whose research inter­ests include archives, gen­der and sex­u­al­i­ty, and mem­o­ry; and we have An Xiao Mina, leader of the pro­duc­tion team for Bridge, a plat­form for social trans­la­tion of social media, and co‐founder of Civic Beat, a research col­lec­tive focused on the cre­ative side of civic tech­nol­o­gy.

The pan­el will exam­ine how real world‐biases and inequal­i­ty are repli­cat­ed and sys­tem­at­i­cal­ly inte­grat­ed into neu­tral algo­rithms and data­bas­es. I’d like to give out a spe­cial thanks to the
orga­niz­ers Hsinyu Lin, Peter Lu, Sofia Staab‐Gulbenkian, Lilyan Kris, and Echo Theohar. We’d also like to thank the Department of Design Media Arts at UCLA, the Graduate Student Services Association, and voidLab.

And now, Safiya, will you come to the podi­um to begin the evening? Thank you.

Further Reference

Biased Data: A Panel Discussion on Intersectionality and Internet Ethics at the Processing Foundation web site.


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