The rise of artificial intelligence (AI) promised the elimination of errors of human prejudice. Yet while conducting research on facial recognition technologies, computer scientist Joy Buolamwini uncovered that some algorithms could not detect her Black face until she put on a white mask. The documentary Coded Bias (2020), by Shalini Kantayya, tracks the fallout from this encounter and the origins of the Algorithmic Justice League, while weaving in personal stories of people whose lives have been directly impacted by unjust algorithms. The acclaimed film will be screened at Her Dream Deferred 2021, followed by a special talkback featuring Buolamwini, Timnit Gebru, Tranae’ Moran, Cathy O’Neil, and Ruha Benjamin.
About Her Dream Deferred: A Week on the Status of Black Women is a week-long series of conversations and virtual events focused on elevating the crisis facing Black women and girls in our country. Black women, girls, and femmes have continually been on the front lines of progressive social movements, yet the challenges they face at the intersections of race and gender have consistently been relegated to the margins of dominant racial and gender justice discourses. Since its inception, the annual Her Dream Deferred week has countered that marginalization by amplifying the voices and narratives of Black women and girls and providing the tools to dismantle the structural barriers that plague them in their homes, schools, and communities. To learn more, please visit: www.aapf.org/hdd
[Originally published on March 31, 2021 via the African American Policy Forum]